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KYMMA - Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive, Inc.

KYMMA was a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provided aid and support to adult residents of Central New Hampshire who were coping with cancer.

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KYMMA Bids Farewell

KYMMA Bids Farewell

March 23, 2018 (Plymouth, New Hampshire): It is with much sadness that KYMMA writes to inform you that after nearly 20 years of serving our local community, it is no longer accepting referrals or donations. Effective yesterday, March 22, 2018, KYMMA signed paperwork to dissolve its 501(c)3.

This has been a long and painstaking decision, but we find peace and take great pride in knowing that through all these years we have been able to gift approximately $250,000 by assisting hundreds of individuals and their families with the daily essentials of groceries, gas cards, heating fuel, medications, and so much more.

We sincerely thank you, our sponsors, our event participants, our recipients! Without your loyal support, Keeping You, Me & Memories Alive, Inc. would not have been so successful.

As our last farewell, we encourage you to continue on with our motto of "Neighbors Helping Neighbors." It really can go a long way and mean so much to so many.

Thank you again,

KYMMA Board Members:

Kathryn Melanson, President
Lyndsay Devine, Vice President
Nikki Nunes, Secretary
Alicia Melanson, Treasurer
Kelsey Donnelly, Public Relations

See the news article published in the Plymouth Record Enterprise newspaper on March 29, 2018.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Central New Hampshire

For nearly 20 years, the generosity of our Central New Hampshire community has made a real and positive difference in the lives of individuals and families who are or have been affected by cancer. Donations have stayed in our local community, supported local residents, and have been tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Support from friends and neighbors, including local businesses, organizations, community members, and schools, has made it possible for us to provide assistance to those in need. We greatly appreciate and highly value your contributions and participation over so many years!

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Benefiting the People of Central New Hampshire

Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive (KYMMA) has benefitted people in Central New Hampshire since 1999, including, but not limited to, residents of Ashland, Alexandria, Bath, Benton, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Danbury, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, New Hampton, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth, and Woodstock.

Thanks to the support of our friends and neighbors, we raised more than $250,000 through our "Day to Fight Cancer" event.

Over the past few years, we issued gifts to more than 150 local families to help with groceries, gas, heating oil, back-to-school clothes and supplies, furnace repairs, and utility bills.

Read some of the Testimonials we've received from gift recipients.

See our News page for links to numerous articles about KYMMA over the past several years.

Keep informed of our activities by subscribing to our free e-mail newsletter.

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Ashland Elementary School Students Raise Funds for KYMMA

May 4, 2017: The Ashland Elementary School Student Council hosted a Cancer Week to raise money and create awareness about those affected by cancer. The group raised $200 for Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive (KYMMA) in memory of Frank "Grampa" White.

Click here to see a photo and caption in the Plymouth Record Enterprise.

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Holderness Central School Students Raise Funds for KYMMA

April 27, 2017: The fourth and fifth grade Student Council at Holderness Central School presented the staff and student body with a unique fundraising challenge this year to raise money for Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive (KYMMA).

Click here to read the news article by Donna Rhodes in the Plymouth Record Enterprise.

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KYMMA's Calendar Raffle - 33 Prizes Awarded to Winners!

KYMMA's Calendar Raffle - Nov. 2016
KYMMA held a Calendar Raffle and awarded a new prize every day for 30 days in November and held three bonus drawings in December 2016 to support our mission!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated!

Click here to see a list of winners and prizes generously donated by local businesses.

Proceeds from raffle tickets, purchased for $20 each, provided aid and support for adult residents of Central New Hampshire coping with cancer.



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Motorcycle Ride Benefits KYMMA

Hoka-Hey - Liz Aquilla Ice Muffin's Summer Run, a Hoka Hey memorial motorcycle ride through the White Mountains to benefit cancer patients, was held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 beginning at 12 noon at Laconia Harley-Davidson in Meredith.

Riders traveled a route through the White Mountains and ended up at Moose Pond Farm in Center Harbor for a barbecue. The event was organized by Tracy Aquilla as a tribute to his wife, Liz, who passed away last year after battling breast cancer.

See the article by Bob Morton of here in the News section at

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2016 PSU Book Award Scholarships - "How Has Cancer Affected My Life?"

The 2016 Joan Merrill Book Award, 2016 Michelle Morse Book Award, and the 2016 Clark Family Book Award were awarded to students at Plymouth State University (PSU) in the form of a $300 gift card to the PSU Book Store to be used for textbooks and/or class supplies for the Fall 2016 semester.

PSU students who have been diagnosed with cancer, or who have a close family member who has been stricken, were eligible to apply for these awards. All applicants were reviewed equally in response to the question, "How has cancer affected my life?"

Read essays submitted by PSU students in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2011.

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Plymouth Regional High School 2016 Scholarship Award

KYMMA awarded one $500 Scholarship Award to a student in her senior year at Plymouth Regional High School (PRHS). The award was presented during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in the Plymouth State University Cultural Arts Center.

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KYMMAcation Raffle Winners - December 2015

See the list of winners and prizes for the KYMMAcation Raffle held November 27 to December 17, 2015 and see a video of the raffle drawings.

Thanks to everyone who participated! Your support is helping people in need.

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KYMMA's 16th Annual "Day to Fight Cancer" - THANK YOU!

KYMMA sends a heart-felt thank you to all who made our 16th Annual "Day to Fight Cancer" such a success! Your generosity makes a difference in so many people's lives and KYMMA couldn't do it without you.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 was a gorgeous day and though attendance was down, donations were comparable to past years. The total amount raised from our 2015 event was about $15,000, with total fundraising for the year of about $20,000. These funds stayed in our local Central New Hampshire community to help people who live in the Pemi-Baker area and are affected by cancer.

Photos courtesy of Speare Hospital. See more photos on their website.

KYMMA's Top Teams and Top Walkers for 2015

Top Fund Raising Teams:

1. Team Merrill
2. Michelle's Team
3. Team Spear-It

Top Individual Walkers:

1. David Converse
2. Bonnie Webb
3. Jenny Thibeault

Holderness Heels Winners:

1. Roberta Thompson (a.k.a. Estelle Auder) - Most Money Raised
2. Jim Tyrrell - First Across the Finish Line and First Male Participant
3. Diane Tiffany (a.k.a. Marie Therese Boisvert) - Best Costume
4. Marie Hixon (a.k.a. Gurt Hixon) - Best Strut

Support in various forms from friends and neighbors, including local businesses, community members, and local schools, makes it possible for us to continue to provide assistance to those in need. We greatly appreciate and highly value your contributions!

KYMMA's 2015 Day to Fight Cancer
Photos courtesy of Speare Hospital. See more photos on their website.

KYMMA's "Day to Fight Cancer" Featured a Walk-a-thon and Much More!

FUN FOR ALL AGES: BBQ, Colors of Cancer Nail Art, Drums Alive, Juggling Jim, Face Painting, Bubble Station, Dollar Sale, Silent Auction.

LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT: Chris White Band, Midweeklings, Michael Kim, Uncle Steve Band, Stove Pipe Mountain Band.

HOLDERNESS HEELS: A 50 yard dash in high heels! A minimum 2 inch heel height (no wedges and no duct tape), ages 16 and older. Prizes for first across the line, most money raised, and best strut/costume.

GLOW ZUMBA: Fun and fitness with Glow Zumba. Wear white, we provide glow sticks, dance for a great cause!

DEDICATE A DOVE: We released Dedicated Doves (inflatable balloons with a message to loved ones) as part of our closing ceremony.

LUMINARIES: Luminaries dedicated to loved ones lit the pathway for participants during the evening hours of our walk-a-thon.

KYMMA's Day to Fight Cancer

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Mid-State Health Center Donates to KYMMA
Mid-State Health Center Donates to KYMMA

Mid-State Health Center of Bristol and Plymouth, New Hampshire recently presented KYMMA with a donation "to help support the great work they do in our region to help people whose lives are affected by cancer."

Mid-State employees nominate local charities to be the beneficiary of their monthly "Jean's Day." KYMMA was nominated by Sam M. Thanks, Sam!

Mid-State wrote, "Many thanks to KYMMA for all the good work they are doing and to the Mid-State Team for their dedication to helping others."

According to its web site, Mid-State Health Center provides innovative, high-quality, patient-centered primary care to all regardless of the ability to pay. Their approach has proven to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and improve patient, family, physician, and staff satisfaction.

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Cancer Support Resources for New Hampshire Residents

See our web page with 30 cancer support resources for New Hampshire residents.

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Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive, Inc.
(Helping Neighbors Fight Cancer Since 1999)

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