Jimmy John’s store

The lunch team at the 7708 W. Bell Road, Suite 105, Jimmy John’s store is looking forward to this weekend’s breast cancer fundraiser.

Jeff Walters has been touched by breast cancer. 

“We tragically lost our sister-in-law, who was very near and dear to us, 20 years ago,” Walters said. 

In honor of all breast cancer survivors and those who have died, Walters’ Jimmy John’s franchises in Glendale at 7708 W. Bell Road, Suite 105, and 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 106, are hosting fundraisers on Sunday, Oct. 17.

“We had fundraisers for her while she was battling the disease,” Walters said about his sister-in-law, Kathy Hunter. “When we took over the two shops in Glendale, we wanted to give back to the community.” 

After researching charities, he partnered with Bosom Buddies of Arizona, which is staffed by breast cancer survivors. 

“We thought it was the right fit,” the Peoria resident said. “I talked to the staff, and there is a lot of excitement. We’re donating $1 for every sandwich sold at the two stores. We also have QR codes so customers can donate throughout the month.”

Walters will donate an additional $25 for employees who dye their hair pink or dress in pink in October. 

“We try to do fun things with our staff,” Walters said. “Breast cancer is really something that affects everybody. Two of our employees (who are siblings), their mother is a breast cancer survivor and one of our biggest customers. 

“This is something we really wanted to do. We have other things planned around Christmas. We want to give back to those in need or less fortunate.”

“I want to make it a success for Bosom Buddies,” he said.

A suburban Detroit native, Walters was introduced to Jimmy John’s in Michigan when the local franchise teamed up with the high school baseball team he coached to raise funds for the upcoming season. 

“Not only was I a fan of their sandwiches, but I was also impressed with their involvement in the community,” he said. 

“My sons, Nick and Zack, have worked for various Jimmy John’s franchises in Michigan and Washington state through high school and college. 

Since moving to Peoria, Walters has dealt with COVID-19-induced staffing and product shortages. It has not stopped him from supporting a variety of causes, including the Mountain Ridge High School girls golf team and band.