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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:11

Geaghan's helps take bite out of cancer

BANGOR - The employees at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery are not just co-workers but family. So when one of their own, Dawna Hensley of Orrington, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the Geaghan's crew did what any family would do and rallied to her side to support her in her fight to beat the disease. They even created a yearly event called Dawna's Day, where a percentage of all sales at the restaurant on a certain day are donated to Dawna's recovery. But Dawna challenged her co-workers to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So last year the restaurant gave to the Greater Bangor Bark for Life, a Relay for Life fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine companions. And Geaghan's is planning to give to Bark For Life again this year.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:49

In the spirit of giving

TOPSHAM Elwin Gay of Summerville, Massachusetts began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. He worked nights and drove during the day. He drove 33 years and put over 100,000 miles on his car saving lives.

The American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program became a national program in 1983 and is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Some treatments will not allow cancer patients to operate machinery, including a motor vehicle. Other patients do not have family members they can rely on for support or their family may simply not be able to take time away from work.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:40

A heavy dose of reality

I consider myself lucky to have a job I love. I chose to become a cosmetologist because it was more important to me that I love going to work every day than how much money I made each week. I can honestly say, as I approach the 11 year mark, that I still feel that way. Being able to impact people's lives, make their day and give them confidence by making their hair look its best really is the best job. I have met some pretty amazing people in the last 11 years and a lot of them still come see me every six weeks. There is however, one part of my job that I can say I hate, and that is shaving the heads of beautiful, strong, amazing women faced with the battle of their life after being told, "You have cancer."

Despite being the hardest part of my job, I am always truly honored when asked to do this for someone. It is a moment I never forget, even if I didn't know them beforehand. In fact, I often think about those women and pray that they are doing OK. Most of the women become clients of mine afterwards, and I am happy to say that is because they beat cancer and got their hair back.

Published in The Wrath of Grapes

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