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Salem Community Patriot 8 - June 18, 2010


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RELAY FOR LIFE


American Cancer Society®


Greater Salem Residents Will Relay for Life to Raise Funds to Defeat Cancer This Weekend


H Editor’s note: This year is the sixth year that greater Salem residents have gathered together to support the Salem cancer relay. The reasons are usually tied to events


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that have affected them, their family, and friends. As the June 19 date for this year’s event is this Saturday, many of the stories have been brought to our readers over the last several months. With a goal of breaking the $1 million mark this year, everyone has a reason to help, as no one is immune from cancer. Please accept my personnal challenge to visit Salem High School to support this event and the wonderful people you will meet there. – Len Lathrop


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Why I Relay … It’s About Our Community – the People – and the


Force We Can Be Together


submitted by Cindy Simms It’s less than a day away from my sixth annual


Relay for Life. I started in 2005 in the first Relay when our church decided to have a team. The person who signed us up had to go out of town and asked if I could attend some of the meetings and help to team captain. Cancer had touched my family and many friends. My grandmother and aunt had died of brain cancer when I was young, and another uncle years later. Cancer had also touched many friends and their families, it seemed every few weeks someone else was battling another form of cancer, some recovering, some battling not so successfully. Between the time I had signed up to be a team captain and the Relay in June, my own mom was diagnosed with cancer. She passed away the following November. The Relay means


much more to me than just another fundraiser. The Relay is about the spirit and commitment of so many people in our community coming together for a single purpose, to join together as a force to try and do our part to battle this disease. The Relay is about the people. The people of all ages from all faiths and economic situations. On this day, we walk together, celebrate, and pray together. At my first Relay in 2005, I was inspired by so many people on the committee who worked for many months on this event. I was awed by the survivor lap and the caregivers. I was so proud of the many youth and teens who are committing their time; these youth are not expecting something to be given to them, they are giving of themselves to others and to a great cause. It has been wonderful to see members of three different faiths attend the sunrise ecumenical service that our church, Salem United Methodist, has been privileged to lead each year. The luminaria lap is so moving—a time to


remember, pray, and spread hope that eventually, this disease will be wiped out. This year, I am pleased to join Kay Barretto, a cancer survivor, to help solicit donations of healthy food for the Relay, and am so pleased at the outpouring of support from so many local businesses who have given kindly for this cause. As I walk the track this year, I will be think about Mom – and especially three dear friends – currently in treatment for cancer. Some days, it feels never-ending. Sometimes, you feel so helpless. But the Relay offers a way to do something with others who feel the same. I wish Mom had the knowledge and education that is available today through the American Cancer Society. I wish the tests and treatments they have now were available just five years ago. Things


Helping Fight Back against Cancer!


Chief Wok Restaurant and Lounge has joined forces with the Sherry Family Relay team to host a series of fun fundraising buffets for the Relay for Life of Salem.


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Standing: Sherry Wang, owner of Chief Wok; Donna MacNeil, Ashley Haseltine, Maggie Russell, James McGarvey III, and Jimmy from Chief Wok. Seated: Dennis Abbott, Susan Abbott, Dave Anderson, Diane Brooks-Sherry, Bill Sherry, Charlie Carignan, Gail Carignan, and Carol Brooks


Cancer Patients and Survivors Can Relax With Yoga!


Four generations: Mom died of cancer in 2005 at age 73; Gram battled skin cancer and died of other causes at age 93; me 18 years ago; and my daughter, Michelle, now 19, who was a team captain for two years and a participant in the Relay for many years


have come so far, but we still need so much more. Stop by the track this Saturday and see for


yourself. Feel the energy, hear the amazing success stories, and support and pray for those in need. Come for the fun and activities at all the campsites—there will be lots of both! Whatever your reason, join with others in our great community to be the force that fights, together and hard, to be a force to wipe out cancer. –Cindy Simms (Team Believers – “the famous grilled cheese campsite”).


Good Sports to ‘Get Wet’ for a Cause


submitted by Tom Ramsdell This year’s Relay For Life in Salem is going to give the public a chance to dunk some prominent members of the community. Team “Birthdays Forever” is operating a dunk tank at this year’s Relay on Saturday, June 19. Many familiar faces from Salem have volunteered to get dropped into the freezing-cold water. Here is a list of dunkees that will be participating, and the approximate time they will be getting dunked: 4 p.m., Superintendent of schools Mike Delahanty; 4:20 p.m., Lancaster Principal Adam Pagliarulo; 4:40 p.m., new Principal of Woodbury, Brad St. Laurent; 5 p.m., longtime Woodbury teacher and coach, Mickey Natoli; 5:20 p.m., Softball Coach Tom Ramsdell; 5:40 p.m., Budget Committee member Steve Campbell; 6 p.m., Selectman Pat Hargreaves, 6:30 p.m., Salem firefighter Ron Spicer; 6:50 p.m., Salem School Board Chairman Bob Bryant; 7:10 p.m., Super Mom Laura Fee Angelo; 7:30 p.m., to be determined; and 7:50 p.m., Salem Police Officer Matt Norcross. At some point in time, everyone has wanted to dunk someone from this group; well, now is your


chance. Join us and have some fun while supporting a great cause—the American Cancer Society. Any donation amount will give you the chance to dunk our dunkees, though we may need to set a minimum donation for a couple of notables in Pat Hargreaves and Steve Campbell. The Relay For Life is a fun time for the entire family. There will be games, dancing, a DJ, crafts, and lots of great raffles for items like widescreen TVs and Sox tickets. The Relay will take place on Saturday, June 19, beginning at 3 p.m. at Salem High School’s Grant Field. The public is encouraged to come between 3 and 11 p.m. The relay teams stay through the night to


bring awareness to the fact that cancer never sleeps. If you cannot make the event and would like to donate, go to www.relayforlife.org/salemnh and donate to team Birthdays Forever, Birthdays Forever 2, or Birthdays Forever 3. Thank you, and hope to see you there.


submitted by Camille Flaherty and Terri Conroy Camille Flaherty, an honorable and strong woman who is not just a cancer survivor, but also a believer, is supporting others who have been overwhelmed with the same disease she faces everyday! She’s taken the opportunity to share her story of cancer survival and awareness while also sharing a wonderful outlet of Yoga to others like herself. In her own words, Camille shares: When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer six years ago, I focused on my Yoga Practice. The breathing aided me with the strength that I needed on the road of recovery. I was told that I needed six weeks of Mega Radiation treatments. Knowing the side efforts of the Radiation, I began the Treatments along with other Cancer patients. As I was sitting there concentrating on my Breathing, I was asked, “What are you doing? Then, I explained how Yoga focuses on controlling postures, and the breathing techniques help to push out the toxins in the body. They asked me to teach them, so I did. It can help people with cancer or an illness. Remaining positive and having family support is so important. I have continued to offer complimentary Yoga to those who have dealt with this disease. Life is too precious! My family and I became very involved with Salem’s Relay for Life in June 2004. Thanks to Mary Reese,


she gave me the courage to walk as a survivor and become part of her team. It gave me the inspiration to reach out to others. Since then, I have devoted my time to sponsor, form our own team ”When Angels Walk,” and teach Yoga on the field for those who would like to join us. We have met so many wonderful people who brought insight to us all. This Relay for Life 2010 is extremely special to my family and me. Because of the Mega Radiation


Treatment that I had six years ago, I was diagnosed again with Melanoma in the same breast. This might have caused cancer in my Breast for the second time in March of 2009. I have conquered it once again and encourage everyone never to ignore an ailment! In May of 2009, I opened my second location in Salem. This location was created with the intent of being a place for others like me to enjoy the gentle flow of relax yoga. It is called “The Comfort Room.” I offer this room to people who are going through treatment and cancer survivors as a complimentary service. It has been extremely well received and utilized by people who are seeking a place they can call their own! For those who


have dealt with cancer, the fear is always there of it reoccurring, but you have to take one day at a time. Think positive, surround yourself with loved ones, and take time to smell the Roses! The Comfort Room is located at 224 Broadway, Salem. For more information, call 552-5261. yogabalanceoflife. com.


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