Showing posts with label cancer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cancer. Show all posts

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Join the Cancer Fighting Pub Crawl - Saturday, August 26

Via Peter Willis:

What is a Pub Crawl?  The definition of a pub crawl is: a tour taking in several pubs or bars, with one or more drinks at each.  To A Remission Commission Team Member...a Pub Crawl is a fundraising an event that raises a lots of money for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund Walk!  We are excited to announce that we are bringing the Pub Crawl back this year!

When?  August 26

Where?  We will start and end at La Cantina Winery, 357 Union St, Franklin, MA 02038

What time?  Arrive around 1:00 p.m... you will get your wrist band and have an opportunity to quickly peruse some of our AMAZING raffle prizes and silent auction prizes!!  Take a sneak below at our Nick Strong basket!!  A huge shout out of thanks to Melissa Parr, Decor & More  and Christina Gordon!!  I will ABSOLUTELY be purchasing tickets for this basket myself!!

Cancer Fighting Pub Crawl
Cancer Fighting Pub Crawl
The price to crawl is $30 for one, and $50 for two!  What does this include?  Your wrist band...appetizers at each stop, your name will be entered into a raffle at each stop...we crawl from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m...with our final stop back at La Cantina Winery with entertainment by Christina Luccini and Sam Masoud!  

There will be a cash bar at every stop, raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a duck pool, silent auction and a day filled with laughter, friendship, and a whole lot of FUN!!!  This is our biggest fundraiser for our walk!  

We hope that you can join us!  If you have attended one in the past...share a memory on this post!  We love every memory that we have made with you!  You can use the link below to purchase your tickets or you can Venmo me at @Debra-Honor!  This will help us keep track of our 2023 attendees!!  

We are walking NICK Strong in memory of our Dear Friend and Jimmy Fund Hero Nick Gaspar!! Please support us as we do our best to fight this dreadful disease!!!

Sunday, May 28, 2023

You can help support the Pan Mass Challenge! - Sunday, June 4͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ ͏‌ 

Editors note: I share this and endorse fund raising efforts for the Pan Mass Challenge. The PMC Kids ride happens to be scheduled for Sunday morning, June 4. I annually support a number of Franklin riders in the PMC ride each August.  Steve

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

FHS clubs schedule hike at DelCarte to raise money for the fight against cancer - April 8

The FHS Cure 4 Cancer club joined with the Hiking Club to announce: 

Come join us and @fhs_hikingclub for our Hike for a Cure! 
All donations will go to @danafarber - The hike will take place this Saturday at 1:00pm at Del Carte Reservation. 
We hope to see you there!

FHS clubs schedule hike at DelCarte to raise money for the fight against cancer - April 8
FHS clubs schedule hike at DelCarte to raise money for the fight against cancer - April 8

Friday, February 24, 2023

FHS boys basketball tops Xaverian while supporting Nick Gaspar om Thursday

Via and Twitter, we share the results of the winter sports competition for Franklin High School on Thursday, February 23, 2023. We also provide the link to the full set of Hockomock League results below.

Boys Basketball = Franklin, 51 vs. Xaverian, 37 – Final 
– Franklin hit five of its nine three-pointers in the second quarter to create a big lead that it held the rest of the way against Xaverian. The Panthers hit a trio of threes against Xaverian’s zone defense in the first quarter for a 15-8 lead and then really got going in the final minutes of the first half. Andrew O’Neill (15 points) hit three of his five three-pointers in the final four minutes of the second quarter and Justin Allen (12 points, six rebounds) hit two of his four triples in that same stretch as Franklin used a 16-2 run to build a 33-17 lead at halftime. The Panthers struggled offensively during the third but their defense was strong all game long and prevented the Hawks from making a run to get back into it. Ben Harvey added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

A great night tonight at FHS for @fhsboysbball  vs @XBHSBBall  It was a great game but even better was the support for our honorary captain Nick Gasper!! 

What a special night to honor our friend Nick Gaspar. Thanks to the Xaverian players and Coach Sheehan. Live for the moment and value all your blessings. Nick was burying shots in warmups! So proud of our guys on and awesome season 18-1. 0-0 now and on to the next challenge

Thank you to @XBHSBBall for contributing to Gaspar night.  So classy!  We appreciate everyone who came out to support our guy Nick!

Bigger than Basketball. @1NickStrong18
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FHS boys basketball tops Xaverian while supporting Nick Gaspar
FHS boys basketball tops Xaverian while supporting Nick Gaspar

Monday, February 20, 2023

FHS Boys Basketball schedules Gaspar Night - Thursday, Feb 23, 2023

via FHS Boys Basketball:
"Thursday is the Panther's last reg season game and will be Gaspar night. We'll honor our friend, Nick Gaspar & his fight against caner. 
All proceeds will go to Dana Farber in Nick's name. 
Another great way to help is to give blood & platelets.  @1NickStrong18"

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Friday, December 2, 2022

Franklin Police Dept's No Shave November fund raising helps Cops For Kids With Cancer program

For the month of November, the Franklin Police Dept. has been participating in our annual No Shave fundraiser. To set aside our grooming standards, each officer made a donation for the month. Today we were able to present a check totaling $3,000 to the amazing organization, Cops For Kids With Cancer. Pictured below is Chief Helena Rafferty from the Canton Police Department. Chief Rafferty is also a board member for Cops for Kids with Cancer.

This organization has assisted several Franklin families relieve the financial burden upon them once confronted with a cancer diagnosis. Cops for Kids with Cancer will generally give the sponsored family a check for $5000.00 and ask for nothing in return. Please consider donating to this cause at

Our No Shave December funds will be donated to a family in Franklin, whose child was recently diagnosed with Cancer. If you wish to help this amazing family during these times, a check made out to Franklin Police Association can be dropped off at the station.

Chief Helena Rafferty, Canton Police Department, receiving the check from FPD
Chief Helena Rafferty, Canton Police Department, receiving the check from FPD

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

You can help the Franklin Police support the Pink Patch Project in October!

"The FPD and the Franklin Police Patrol Association are participating in the annual Pink Patch Project. For October, we set aside our traditional blue and yellow patches for our Pink Patches.
Patches can be bought for $10 each. They can be purchased at the front desk of the PD or you can send in payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Franklin Police Department
Attention: Officer Lance Pickering
911 Panther Way
Franklin MA 02038
All proceeds from our Pink Patches will be donated to a charity that brings attention to the fight against breast cancer, supports breast cancer research, those fighting breast cancer, and their families. If you know of any great charities let us know in the comments.

You can help the Franklin Police support the Pink Patch Project in October!
You can help the Franklin Police support the Pink Patch Project in October!

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Get Your Rear in Gear® for Colon Cancer Awareness - Colon Cancer Coalition Boston 5K - Sep 17

Nation's premier event for colorectal cancer awareness holds 12th annual event on Sat., Sept. 17, to raise money for local colorectal cancer screening efforts                                                                    

On Saturday, September 17, runners, walkers, volunteers, colorectal cancer survivors, and caregivers will gather in the fight against the nation's No. 2 cancer killer: colon cancer. Get Your Rear in Gear − Boston is a family-friendly 5K run/walk to raise awareness and encourage screening for this largely preventable cancer. Opening ceremonies kick off at 8:40 a.m. with the timed 5K starting at 9:10 a.m. The course begins and ends at DCR Mother's Rest at Carson Beach. Along with the timed 5K, there is also a Kid's Fun Run, followed by music, snacks, and runner awards.

Get Your Rear in Gear events are held in annually in nearly 40 communities across North America, including Boston for the past 12 years. Join us to celebrate survivors, support caregivers, and remember those who left us too soon. Visit the giant inflatable colon to see what your doctor sees during a colonoscopy. Stroll the Blue Mile and see celebratory tributes to those lost and messages honoring survivors of colon and rectal cancer. Registration information is available at

Get Your Rear in Gear events educate the public and raise funds for colon cancer screening and prevention. Money raised is kept local to the Boston area for these purposes.

In 2022, the Colon Cancer Coalition through Get Your Rear in Gear – Boston is collaborating with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) around the creation of educational messages and materials for public distribution through selected media outlets and community partners. BPHC has created these materials through focus groups and interviews to develop messages that will reach the high-risk individuals and those with family history. These messages will start rolling out in early September and are presented with culturally appropriate graphics with the message to get screened presented in native languages when applicable.

"Colorectal cancer is most treatable when found early through screening colonoscopy, so I am grateful to the Colon Cancer Coalition for increasing awareness among all Bostonians," said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "But we must improve screening rates, especially among communities made vulnerable. From 2019 to 2021, Black residents in Boston experienced colorectal cancer mortality rates that were nearly twice as high as white residents. Improving access to essential preventative care, like colonoscopy, is crucial to promoting health equity and improving outcomes."

"We are thrilled to support the Boston Public Health Commission's work to reach residents in their native languages with the important lifesaving message of colorectal cancer screening," says Chris Evans, president of the Colon Cancer Coalition. "Early detection of colorectal cancer is key to effective treatment of this disease that affects 1 out of 24 people. Get Your Rear in Gear events raise awareness by educating everyone about the symptoms of colorectal cancer, encouraging folks to learn their family health history, and scheduling routine screenings. We are proud that Get Your Rear in Gear – Boston can support Bostonians in this way and many others."

Additional funds have been dedicated to colorectal cancer screening programs through Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Family Van, and the Dimmock Center. Other public awareness messages and campaigns have also been supported by money raised at this event in the past 11 years.

"My brother-in-law was diagnosed with colon cancer when he was in his 30s," notes Brian Shelly, Kingston-resident and local event director for Get Your Rear in Gear – Boston. "I brought Get Your Rear in Gear to Boston because I want to increase awareness about the signs and symptoms and encourage all people to be knowledgeable about their bodies and be screened for colon cancer. By talking openly about colon health and the importance of colon cancer screening, more lives can be saved."

Information about volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring the event or forming a team can also be found at

About the Colon Cancer Coalition / Get Your Rear in Gear®

The Colon Cancer Coalition is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colorectal cancer. The organization's signature Get Your Rear in Gear® event series is volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Annually, the Colon Cancer Coalition works to distribute over $1 million dollars to communities across the United States to build and sustain programs that (1) encourage early prevention & screening, (2) provide public education and awareness, (3) fund research to improve the quality of life for patients both young and old, and (4) provide support for those living with this disease. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. For more information visit

About the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission is the country's oldest health department. Governing (BPHC) is a seven-member board of health, appointed by the Mayor of Boston. The mission of the BPHC is to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable. We achieve our mission by providing and supporting accessible high-quality community-based health and social services; community engagement and advocacy; development of health promoting policies and regulations; disease and injury prevention; emergency services; health promotion; and health education services.

Get Your Rear in Gear® for Colon Cancer Awareness - Colon Cancer Coalition Boston 5K - Sep 17
 Get Your Rear in Gear® for Colon Cancer Awareness - Colon Cancer Coalition Boston 5K - Sep 17

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Milford Daily News: "Franklin lacrosse hosts 'Nick Gaspar Night'"

"Around 6:40 PM on Monday, a line of 21 police cars slowly drove onto the track at Pisini Stadium.

They weren’t there for any trouble, however. They were part of a pregame ceremony for a special young man.

In the middle of the motorcade was a gray SUV driven by Tim Gaspar. Gaspar’s 15-year old son, Nick, a freshman at Franklin High, and the rest of the Gaspar family were also in the car. The car circled around the track before coming to a stop on the far sideline at the 50-yard line.

That’s when the Gaspar family exited the vehicle before Nick walked out to midfield, where he was greeted by the Franklin varsity and JV boys lacrosse captains as well as a bunch of Franklin youngsters. He was then presented with a new stick with a custom blue head, the same color as his favorite college basketball team: University of North Carolina."

Continue reading the article (subscription may be required)

Franklin freshman Nick Gaspar (#40) poses for a photo with players before Franklin’s game against Oliver Ames at Franklin High School in Franklin on May 2, 2022. Gaspar was diagnosed with a brain tumor and is still undergoing chemotherapy. Daily News and Wicked Local Photo/Dan Holmes
Franklin freshman Nick Gaspar (#40) poses for a photo with players before Franklin’s game against Oliver Ames at Franklin High School in Franklin on May 2, 2022. Gaspar was diagnosed with a brain tumor and is still undergoing chemotherapy. Daily News and Wicked Local Photo/Dan Holmes

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

"In January 2022, more people ages 15 and older died of COVID-19 than of cancer"

"COVID shouldn't even be in the top 10 causes of death in the US if we consistently used all the tools available. Yet we're still now losing the lives of 500 Americans each day. "

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COVID still among top cause of death in US
COVID still among top cause of death in US

"The chart above combines data on COVID-19 mortality rates from KFF’s tracker with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on weekly counts of death by jurisdiction and cause of death and monthly provisional counts of deaths by select causes. Looking at average daily deaths for each month, deaths from some non-COVID causes—for example, heart disease deaths—sometimes increased with surges in COVID-19 deaths. This could be in part directly or indirectly related to COVID. "
Source of data ->


"To rank COVID-19 among other leading causes of death by age groups, we looked at COVID-19 deaths for each age group and the most recent available data for other “rankable” age-specific leading causes. The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 are available for recent months, but the number of deaths from other causes in the most recent months are incomplete. Therefore, for each age group, we assume the number of deaths that arose from non-COVID-19 leading causes were an average of the first half of 2021 (or the most recent data year available). We do not include children under age 5 in age-specific COVID ranking because there are relatively few deaths from any cause, meaning that the rankings of leading causes in each month can be influenced by even a small change in the number of deaths from a given cause."

Source of data -> 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Health Department: March's Health Observance is Colorectal Cancer

March's Health Observance is Colorectal Cancer. Regular screening begins at age 45 and is the key to prevention.  
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March's Health Observance is Colorectal Cancer
March's Health Observance is Colorectal Cancer

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Pantherbook: Community shows support for Nick Gaspar

The past few years have been crazy for everyone. But the past months have been even crazier for FHS Freshman Nick Gaspar. Diagnosed with a Brain Tumor last year, Nick has been undergoing treatment for it ever since it was removed. A common theme one might find with him is that he is a “fighter”.

Announcer Kevin Papa read off a letter from Nick’s parents describing their journey through Nick’s treatment and how grateful they are for the Franklin Community support. Afterward, the FHS boys team honored the Freshman Basketball and Lacrosse player with his own custom jersey. All of the fans from Franklin and Milford were on their feet cheering for Nick."

Continue reading the article online at Pantherbook

Sport for Nick and his family a be provided via the web page