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HOPE against cancer

Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive (KYMMA) was formed in 1999. During the first five years of our existence, we operated in association with the Plymouth State University (PSU) Counseling Center. In 2004, KYMMA incorporated as its own entity operating as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

KYMMA's annual event (originally known as "Walk to Fight Cancer") was started by Melissa Merrill, a PSU student who lost her mother (Joan) to cancer. Every year, hundreds of volunteers gather on the PSU campus to participate in a walk-a-thon. Our annual fund-raising event also includes other activities and local entertainment. (See photos from our events.)

Leadership and Community Service

See our Leadership page to learn about KYMMA's Board of Directors. You'll find a brief bio for each of our board members and the names of our Medical Advisors.

KYMMA's "Day to Fight Cancer" events have raised about $250,000. to benefit individuals and families in Central New Hampshire. Funds have also supported textbook awards for students at Plymouth State University (in the form of the Joan Merrill Book Award and the Michelle Morse Book Award) and Plymouth Regional High School who have been affected by cancer. See three of their essays.

Annmarie Morse and Lyndsay Devine

Michelle Morse is the inspiration for "Michelle's Law" which took effect in 2005 after passage of New Hampshire House Bill 37. Michelle's Law was enacted to help ensure that college students do not lose their health insurance when they need it most. See the Michelle's Law web site for more information (note: link opens in a new window).

Photo: AnnMarie Morse (Michelle's mom) and KYMMA Director, Lyndsay Devine, at our 2008 "Day to Fight Cancer."

Michelle Morse was a student at a Plymouth State University when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Although her doctor suggested she take a leave of absence from school, Michelle maintained a full course schedule in order to keep her health insurance coverage.

When New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed Michelle's Law legislation with strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, he was quoted as saying, "College students with life-threatening illnesses will now be able to take the advice of their doctors and still keep their health insurance. That is because of the courage and commitment of Michelle and her family. Michelle passed away in November, but her memory lives on and, with this law, she leaves a legacy that makes a difference in the lives of other young people."

The name of our organization speaks to what we're about:

Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive!

We're dedicated to supporting people in Central New Hampshire whose lives are affected by cancer, including individuals and families in the communities 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.

Over the past few years, we issued over 150 gifts to individuals and local families to help with groceries, gas, heating oil, 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.

See our Mailing List page to sign-up for our free e-mail newsletter. Keep informed!

Contact Us

We invite you to contact us with your questions and/or comments.

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

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