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Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:37

Get inspired

By the time you read this, I will have run my first ever 10K in the Champion the Cure Challenge, which raises money for the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer. I see cancer come into my salon all too often, and I have shaved so many heads during my 11-year career that I feel like I can't only work in this community, I need to give back. This year, after some recent weight loss, I decided to go out on my own and commit to running my very first 10k. I ran track in high school and never even ran that far. I knew that by registering I had to commit to actually doing it and doing it well (because this is just how I am with anything). Champion the Cure only required that I get sponsored $75 to participate, and I set a personal goal of raising $500. I am in contact with people every day, so why not use that aspect of my career to support the local cancer center and also encourage me to reach a personal goal all at the same time?

Published in Get Ginafied
Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:24

These shoes are made for walking

Maine's 'Holy Walkamoles' lace up to participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

EDDINGTON - While most of us enjoy a nice leisurely walk now and then, a handful of Maine women who are calling themselves the Holy Walkamoles are taking their love of walking to a whole new level. Bobbi-Jo Macomber, Arinn Goody, Mandie Sawyer and Samantha Hammond, many of whom have small children, are spending their weekends walking 11 to 12 miles a day. That's because these women are training for the 39 mile trek they'll be making in Boston next month during the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer planned for May 19 and 20.

"This is the first year I've done it and the second year Mandie has done it," said Samantha Hammond. "I didn't even know what I was getting myself into it."

That is because Hammond, whose mom is a breast cancer survivor, was just excited to get behind such a good cause. It wasn't until the team started meeting on a regular basis that reality began to sink in for Hammond, who soon discovered as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, participants must raise $1,800 each and walk a marathon the first day and a half-marathon the second day of the event.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 26 April 2012 07:21

Team Mimi takes the field

11-year-old raises money for cancer research in memory of his Mimi 

BANGOR Anyone can make a difference. That is the message that 11-year-old Tommy Hosmer wants people to walk away with. And he is making a difference.

Tommy understands loss. He understands how so many of us are affected by cancer, because he's already felt the heavy loss of someone he dearly loved, his Mimi who succumbed to ovarian cancer when Tommy was 9. But despite the pain, he's working hard to help others who are still struggling with the terrible disease. One of his first fundraisers was a book sale where he raised more than $3,300 for Cancer Care of Maine, followed the next year by raising $1,200 with a bake sale. But he's wanted to do something consistent something annual and combine his passion for fighting cancer with his passion for sports. So he formed the Team Mimi Annual Softball Tournament, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12 Mother's Day weekend - at the Union Street Athletic Complex.

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