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Day to fight cancer


Emily Burwen

Issue Date: 10/02/09
Section: Features

It is a rare thing nowadays to be unable to think of the name of anyone who is currently fighting in the battle against cancer or who has previously done so. There are numerous different types of cancer and many lives have been affected by it. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to help in the journey against cancer.

Save the date: the 10th Annual "Day to Fight Cancer" will take place on Sat., Oct. 3, 2009 - rain or shine. The "Day to Fight Cancer" is an annual event that provides aid and support to individuals and families who are battling cancer and who live in the Central New Hampshire area, as well as family members of those who have succumbed to cancer.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. Walking begins at 12 noon and continues until 10 p.m.. Both individuals and teams can walk as little or as much as they want. All ages are welcome. Participants walk laps around Arold Field in front of the PSU P.E. Center. MemoriesAlive.org provides information on the walk as well as history of previous walks and their success.

The event is hosted by PSU's Athletic Department. There will be multiple activities and entertainment taking place such as hourly performances by local musicians, games, face painting, a dollar sale, 50/50 raffle and the opportunity to make your own cancer awareness bracelet. There will also be appearances made by Miss New Hampshire and Senator Deb Reynolds, among others.

One hundred percent of the money raised stays within the local community. All money raised provides support to residents and families of the greater Plymouth area who are currently battling cancer. For nine years, the "Day to Fight Cancer" has benefited people in the communities of Ashland, Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock, N.H.

Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive, Inc. is a Plymouth, N.H. based non-profit organization. They have had many successful years prior. They were able to raise $20,200 through their 2008 event, bringing their nine-year fund raising total to more than $135,000. They also received a $1,000 community grant in December 2005 and a $250 grant in 2007 from Wal-Mart.

This Saturday everyone is invited to purchase a luminary - a decorative candle that lights the pathway of walkers - for five dollars. Help light the pathway for walkers and share a message in memory of a loved one struggling with or lost to cancer. These can also be purchased on MemoriesAlive.org with an order form.

Sat., Oct. 3rd, 2009 will certainly be a day to remember. Come participate in the tenth annual "Day to Fight Cancer." Let's see if last year's total raised can be beat. See you there!

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