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Hingham runners honor a Tar Heel friend

North Carolina native Carolyn Harlow, who died of cancer in February, has inspired a Jimmy Fund Walk team.

North Carolina native Carolyn Harlow, who died of cancer in February, has inspired a Jimmy Fund Walk team..

HEELS FOR HARLOW: Carolyn Harlow was born and raised in High Point, N.C., but lived in Hingham for many years, losing most of her Southern drawl.

But one her friends, Susan Hagstrom, recalls, “Every now and then, a ‘y’all’ would creep into a conversation.”

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More than 30 people, many of them friends in that ‘y’all’ collective, will take to the streets as “Heels for Harlow” Sept. 8 in the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, trekking from Babson College to Boston to raise money for cancer research.

In February, Harlow succumbed to multiple myeloma at age 56, after battling the disease for nine years, “long past the time that doctors originally predicted,” Hagstrom said.

“She was not one to complain or ever discuss her disease,” said Hagstrom, “except to say how grateful she was for the care she received from doctors and nurses at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.”

The friends adopted Heels for Harlow as their team name as an homage to the University of North Carolina, the alma mater of Harlow, an avid Tar Heels fan.

“Now we’ll use our own heels to hit the pavement and raise money to conquer cancer,” Hagstrom said.

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Harlow lived in Hingham with her husband, Jonathan, raising their children, Jack, Leigh, and Will, and worked as a proofreader at Beyond Words Proofreading in Norwell. Her husband, along with Jack and Leigh, will walk with Heels for Harlow.

“Carolyn was truly loved by the entire Hingham community, so it was easy to recruit walkers,” said Hagstrom, team captain. “I discovered if I established a team that could commit to raising at least $10,000, we could earmark the money for multiple myeloma research, so that became my goal.”

The team’s goal is $20,000, and members have raised more than $13,000 so far, Hagstrom said. For more information, visit www.jimmyfundwalk.org/2013/heelsforharlow, or contact Hagstrom at susanhag@comcast.net

The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund walk allows participants to follow the course of the 26.2- mile Boston Marathon. Since its inception, it has raised nearly $87 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber.

“Establishing a team and raising money is a way to help those battling, just as Carolyn did,” Hagstrom said. “But it’s also to keep her memory alive.”

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Alison Smith Piasecki of Cohasset, a lawyer with Drohan Tocchio & Morgan in Hingham, was named to the 2013 Top-Rated Lawyers List in the estate planning category. She was recognized in the New England edition of the publication by Martindale-Hubbell.

A silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence was awarded South Shore Hospital’s mixed intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit, and cardiac care unit. The award is a “significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments,” said Timothy Quigley, chief nursing officer at the Weymouth hospital. The award is given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Chris Daudelin, a technician at Rockland-based Bay Copy, was the recipient of the Toshiba Top Tech Award for outstanding performance, receiving it at a Toshiba training course in New Jersey. Daudelin has been a technician with Bay Copy since 2001 and trained at the RETS Electronic Institute. He and his family live in Douglas.

Hal Estabrook of East Bridgewater and Walpole residents Jonathan Harrington and Dick Power, members of the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts, were among those honored at a volunteer recognition dinner Aug. 7 for their participation in the association’s Pro Bono Military Program. They worked with the Massachusetts National Guard’s Free Income Tax Program, which offers free tax assistance and asset-building opportunities for military members, veterans, retirees, and their families. During the past three years, volunteer work resulted in saving $753,000 in tax-preparation fees and refunds of more than $6 million, association officials said.

E-mail Paul E. Kandarian at pkandarian@aol.com.

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