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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

"the group is amazing in its dedication"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Somehow it seems that cancer finds its way into everyone’s lives in one way or another, even as early as high school. One group of Franklin High School students is raising awareness and money for cancer research, and many members are driven by their own stories. 
Franklin High juniors Teerithveen Pasricha and Nicole Sparages contacted to the Los Angeles- based organization, Connect 4 Cancer, early last school year to become a part or its effort. Since then, they’ve raised about $6,000 for organizations like Susan G. Komen, Dana-Farber, The American Cancer Society, and The Jimmy Fund. 
“We have a lot of personal cancer connections and we know a lot of people at school do too, so we thought it would be a really good thing to bring this community together,” said Pasricha."

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

In the News: Franklin readathon at Library; Relay for Life planning underway

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"For the first time, the library will host a public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the town’s namesake. 
The reading will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and features multiple guest readers from the area, including State Rep. Jeff Roy, D-Franklin, and local inventor and engineer John Berg. 
“I’m really excited about, I think it’s a really cool thing,” Berg said. 
Lured by Franklin’s work with electricity and engineering, Berg said he’s delighted to help in the reading."

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public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
public reading of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

"For anyone looking to make a difference this year, and have a good time doing it, the Relay for Life is coming up fast. 
Merging with Medway this year, Franklin’s Relay for Life will hold its annual kickoff event at Cole’s Tavern in Franklin on Jan. 30. 
Volunteer Tamra Waslewski said that with so many other fundraisers available, the Relay for Life has lost some of the steam it has had in years past. 
“Relay for Life used to be so important to all of the communities, and very well-attended. It was a blast,” she said. “Over the years it’s sort of dwindled down, and I think it’s because everyone’s fundraising and it’s just saturated.”

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"We want to celebrate more birthdays”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The local version of the nationwide “Kilos for a Cure” competition that uses its profits to fund research for the American Cancer Society will be hosted again by RWL Weightlifting.
Scores from across the country are combined online during the month-long competition. Scores are tallied by both weight lifted, and donations collected. 
To sign up for the competition, visit The American Cancer Society website and search “Kilos for a Cure.” The competition starts on Oct. 1, when the full workout will be announced. All results must be reported by Oct. 31."

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To sign up for Kilos for a Cure

image from RWL Weightlifting webpage
image from RWL Weightlifting webpage

Friday, September 1, 2017

"Cancer is no longer a death sentence and shouldn’t be taboo”

Via the social media feeds, a good Franklin story to share:

Franklin resident Susan Rosen sat slumped on her couch in a quiet house — her two children were at school — and let the news sink in: She had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. 
“I’m never going to be a grandmother,” she told her husband through sobs. 
But that was four years ago. Susan, now 52, no longer views incurable cancer as a death sentence. The local wife and mother is one of a growing number of people managing the disease as a chronic illness, thanks to new, less toxic treatments that are tailored to each patient’s needs. 
“Things are getting better every day in regards to treatments,” Susan said. “This is the best I’ve felt in years.”

Continue reading the full article at the Boston Herald

You can follow Susan's blog at Let Us be Mermaids

Susan Rosen - image from her webpage
Susan Rosen - image from her webpage

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Franklin Almanac - Episode 4 (video)

Franklin Almanac, the compendium of life in Franklin. If you missed the broadcast via cable, you can catch up to Episode 4 via the YouTube link. Polikseni Manxhari hosts segments on

  • Relay for Life (Franklin, Bellingham, Wrentham)
  • Empty Bowls - FHS fund raising for the Franklin Food Pantry
  • Blood drives for Boston Children's Hospital

More about the Empty Bowls program and to donate to the Franklin Food Pantry

More about the Sabini-Leite twin's blood drives

Giovanna and Olivia Sabini-Leite, seniors at Franklin High School, are coordinating the blood drive March 4
Giovanna and Olivia Sabini-Leite, seniors at Franklin High School
coordinate blood drives for the Boston Children's Hospital

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Franklin Resident to Run Boston Marathon for MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cancer Team

Franklin resident Jacob Youmell will run in the 121st Boston Marathon on April 17st in support of MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s pediatric cancer team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time. Youmell will join an estimated 30,000 runners along the 26.2 mile course that spans from Hopkinton to Boylston Street in Boston. The funds raised by Youmell will support cutting-edge research and quality of life programming - such as child life services and art and music therapy - which help pediatric cancer patients and their families cope emotionally and developmentally with their illnesses.

Youmell, the director of digital strategy at Emerson College, is running in honor of his parents who succumbed to cancer in 2005 and 2008 and his brother along with all survivors who overcame the disease. The team, made up of 102 runners - including former patients and parents, MGH employees and hospital supporters - has set a fundraising goal of $1 million.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of John Hancock’s partnership with the Mass General Marathon Program. Since it was formed in 1998, Mass General’s Fighting Kids’ Cancer...One Step at a Time has raised more than $12 million that directly support the pediatric hematology-oncology program.

“I have a unique perspective into the lives of children undergoing live saving therapy at MGHfC,” says Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and 17-year captain of the pediatric team. “Since the team’s inception, I’ve seen our runners get physically and emotionally involved in our mission to conquer childhood cancer. They go the extra mile and their support is vital to our continued holistic approach to cancer care.’

To learn more about the Fighting Kids’ Cancer...One Step at a Time team or help support Youmell, visit

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Metro Boston Against the Tide 2017: Swim, Kayak, Walk or Run - Jun 17

"Join us for the 25th commemorative Against the Tide event! Against the Tide features 1-mile competitive and recreational swims, USATF-certified 5K/10K runs, 2-mile recreational kayak, 3 mile fitness walk, and an Aquathon! 
This family-friendly inspirational event brings together people from all across the state united in the supporting MBCC's mission of breast cancer prevention."

Metro Boston Against the Tide 2017: Swim, Kayak, Walk or Run
Saturday, June 17 at 7 AM - 12 PM
Hopkinton State Park

Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition‎Metro Boston Against the Tide 2017: Swim, Kayak, Walk or Run
Massachusetts Breast Cancer CoalitionMetro Boston Against the Tide 2017: Swim, Kayak, Walk or Run

Additional information can be found on the Facebook event

Sunday, October 9, 2016

In the News: Hope Bus visits Oct 20, Real ID coming to MA

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Hope Bus will visit three of Dean Bank’s four branches in October and November. 
Due to parking limitations in downtown Franklin, staff and resources from the bus will be moved inside the main office branch, 21 Main St., Franklin, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. The bus itself will be parked throughout the work day on Nov. 2 at the bank’s branch at 411 Pulaski Blvd., Bellingham, and at its branch in the Park n’ Shop Plaza, 8 Main St., Blackstone, on Nov. 16. 
The Hope Bus is a mobile resource vehicle that offers free information and resources related to breast cancer. Staff will be present throughout the day to answer questions, provide confidential guidance to those affected by breast cancer and direct visitors to the proper avenues of support if interested."

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Dean Bank, 21 Main St Franklin
Dean Bank, 21 Main St Franklin
For more info about the Hope Bus

"The ability of Massachusetts residents to access certain federal buildings and airplane departure gates in future years could depend on the success of a $62.2 million contract with a Colorado company hired to revamp the state's three-decade-old driver's license software system. 
After the Massachusetts Department of Transportation authorized the state to move forward with Fast Enterprises on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the new software package could support the state's plans for licenses that comply with the federal REAL ID law. 
Pollack said the computer system allows the registry to issue driver's licenses and provides information to law enforcement."

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For more info about Read ID

Monday, August 29, 2016

10th Annual WMRC Radiothon to Benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care

10th Annual WMRC Radiothon to Benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care
WMRC Radiothon

"The Oliva Fund for Cancer Care was established in honor of the Milford’s Oliva family for their ongoing commitment and generous support to Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation and our community through charitable donations. 
The Oliva Fund for Cancer Care helps support expenses related to services beyond medical treatment for cancer patients at Milford Regional Medical Center and the Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional."

10th Annual WMRC Radiothon to Benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care
10th Annual WMRC Radiothon to Benefit the Oliva Fund for Cancer Care

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


Since 2010, The Hockomock Area YMCA has been facilitating the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program and they are pleased to announce new classes for Fall 2016.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week program designed for cancer survivors and their families seeking to regain health, build strength, and connect with other cancer survivors. Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. Certified YMCA fitness instructors give personal individualized instruction and are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise, nutrition, and supportive cancer care. The program meets twice a week for 90 minutes, using traditional exercise methods to ease you back into fitness and help participants improve confidence and self-esteem.

New Classes Announced for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA at the Hockomock Y in September:

  • Bernon Family (Franklin) Branch

45 Forge Hill Road
Franklin, MA
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am-12:30pm beginning on September 20th

  • Invensys Foxboro Branch

67 Mechanic Street
Foxboro, MA
Day & Time: Monday and Wednesday at 10:30am-12:00pm beginning September 12th

  • North Attleboro Branch

300 Elmwood Street
North Attleboro, MA
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday 6:00pm-7:30pm beginning September 13th

Cancer survivors are encouraged to contact Jackie Robison, Program Coordinator at 508-772-1310 or for more information and to enroll. For more information, visit,

In 2010, the Hockomock Area YMCA was one of the first ten YMCAs in the country to launch this life changing initiative, partnering with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to help cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery with the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. On average, 120 participants graduate from the program annually at the Hockomock Area YMCA. A recent survey at the Hockomock Area YMCA found that ninety-nine percent of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA participants said that the atmosphere of the Y supports them in their pursuit of health and well-being.

Part of the Hockomock Y’s commitment to strengthening community through healthy living, the program offers adults affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. The Hockomock Area YMCA is enrolling now for upcoming LIVESTRONG at the YMCA sessions at their branches in Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro.

A survivor is defined from the point of cancer diagnosis through the balance of his/her life. Are you a cancer survivor or know someone who is? Please contact Jackie Robison, Program Coordinator at 508-772-1310 or for more information and to talk with your local Hockomock Area YMCA branch to get involved.

About the Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit

Monday, August 1, 2016

The PMC rides through Franklin on Saturday, Aug 6

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"During its 36-year run, the Pan-Mass Challenge has raised more than a half-billion dollars to combat cancer - a feat likely far greater than Billy Starr, its founder and executive director, and dozens of friends would have expected when they started the annual bike ride in 1980. 
On Aug. 6 and 7, more than 200 locals from MetroWest are set to participate in the largest single athletic fundraiser in the country, according to PMC organizers. 
The two-day biking event raises money for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. PMC is Dana-Farber’s largest single contributor, raising more than 58 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue."

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The Remington Jefferson School is a water stop for the 2-day riders. It has a reputation for being one of the better water stops on the route. The riders tend to arrive between 8:00 and 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, Aug 6

Screen grab of PMC water stop info for Franklin
Screen grab of PMC water stop info for Franklin

The PDF of the Sturbridge to Provincetown route can be found here

PMC riders arriving at Remington-Jefferson in 2013

Additional photos from the 2013 water stop can be found here

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"if I say out loud to someone that I'm going to do a triathlon, then I'll have to do it"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"When the Hockomock YMCA's 10th annual triathlon kicks off this Sunday, it will count several cancer survivors - some of them first-time triathletes - among its competitors. 
The survivors - who will be working their way through a course that travels from Wrentham's Lake Pearl through Franklin and Norfolk - are members of the LIVESTRONG class at the Y's Foxborough branch. A total of 10 course participants, including some trainers and support staff, will be taking part. 
The idea came out of a discussion at one of the classes, which encourages physical well-being for cancer survivors. Breast cancer survivor Mary Waltuck, 68, had mentioned that she had participated in numerous triathlons, and other class members wanted to learn about her experiences."
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

In the News: Scouts planting for seniors, Franklin man shaves head for cancer

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Boy Scout Troop 126, in Franklin, has started its summer with service. 
A dozen Scouts from the troop spent their afternoon on May 14 planting vegetables in the garden for the residents at Franklin Health and Rehabilitation Center. 
The boys have built a relationship with the center and the residents in recent years, dropping in for a game of bingo and visiting on Veterans' Day. The gardening project included tomatoes, peppers, squash, kale and cantaloupe, which will be harvested for and eaten by the residents."

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"Franklin resident Dan Chase shaved his head on June 5 at One Mission’s Buzz Off for kids with cancer. 
Chase shaved his head for the first time at the Sunday event. “I did it in honor of my mom, who had leukemia,” he said."

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In the News: marathon training for cancer, wine tasting and tour

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin
"Brooke Harrison, of Franklin, ran her first marathon May 1 in Providence, Rhode Island. 
Harrison is a freshman at Montrose School in Medfield. 
Harrison began training for the marathon last year when her father was diagnosed with cancer. 
“My dad’s diagnosis changed my perspective on a lot of things, and it inspired me to make the most out of life,” Harrison said. “I wanted to do something that would be challenging and motivate others who are trying to overcome obstacles in their lives.”

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"The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning will host a Wine tasting Reception, Winery Tour and Entertainment event from 6 to 9 p.m. June 10 at LaCantina Winery, 355 Union St. 
Participants will be able to sample award-winning wines that have become a staple of the Franklin winery. Cheese and fruits will also be available. A tour of the winery will be given, and Clafin Hill Symphony's Assistant Principal Cellist Brent Selby will perform."

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La Cantina Winery
La Cantina Winery

Friday, May 20, 2016

4th Annual Drink Pink - Sunday, May 22

Drink Pink (Red, White, etc) for the Cure

Never Drink Ordinary!
12 Great Vendors, 1 Great Cause
Sunday, May 22 2-5 PM
What are you doing Sunday? If trying a lot of delicious beverages AND contributing to the fight against cancer sounds good to you, please join us for Drink Pink.

Your $20 ticket gets you a custom-etched Riedel wine glass. Taste samples of great rose wines, plus whites, reds, bubbly, beer, and special 'pink' cocktails courtesy of our friends at Privateer Rum. We'll have raffles, nibbles, and a whole lot of fun.

But the best part is that every cent of your $20 ticket and all raffle sales are a 100% donation to the Cancer Care Center at Milford Regional. In addition, Pour Richard's will donate a percentage of our sales. Your donations will stay local, helping to provide top-notch care without the added stress of commuting into Boston.

We are proud to host our 4th annual Drink Pink; this cause is extremely important to me. Please consider joining us, and bringing friends.

Tickets are available in-store or via Brown Paper Tickets:

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

3rd Annual Fundraiser - The Treasured Chests Avon Walking Team

The Treasured Chests Avon Walking Team will hold it’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser at Waxy O’Connor’s in Foxboro. 

Please help support The Treasured Chests Team, which will be walking 39 miles over two days in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk to be held in Boston on July 9 and 10th. On May 12th at Waxy O’Connor’s there will be a live band, “South Street Six”, tons of treasures to win, door prizes, a 50/50, light appetizers and a cash bar. 

Admission is $20 per person. Waxy O’Connor’s is located at The Shops at Chestnut Green, 121 Main Street in Foxboro. 

Thursday, May 12, 7:00PM - 11:00 PM

To make a donation visit the team’s Avon 39 Boston web page at

3rd Annual Fundraiser - The Treasured Chests Avon Walking Team
3rd Annual Fundraiser - The Treasured Chests Avon Walking Team

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"There is really something wrong" (video)

While you are out and about this weekend, especially those parents with kids on one or more of our artifical turf fields, this 20 minute video is a must view.

Patti Wood, Executive Director of non-profit Grassroots Environmental Education and visiting scholar at Adelphi University explains how synthetic turf and its components can affect children's health. This video is adapted from a presentation given in Ramapo, New York on May 14, 2015. More information on synthetic turf is available at the Grassroots website,

Synthetic Turf and Children's Health with Patti Wood from Grassroots Environmental Ed on Vimeo.

grassroots info webpage
grassroots info webpage

For more information on GrassrootsInfo check their webpage here

For their fact sheet on synthetic turf download the PDF here

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3rd Annual Drink Pink for the Cure! - May 31

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Never Drink Ordinary!

Drink Pink! is almost here...
Sunday, May 31 2-5 PM


Once a year, we combine our passion for dry rose wines with our passion for eradicating cancer to host Drink Pink for the Cure!

I cannot think of a more important cause, or a more personal one. Literally every person I know has been touched by cancer. Let's help to change that.

We will have tons of dry rose, plus some reds and whites for the uninitiated! Privateer Rum will be making fabulous (pink!) cocktails. Whole Foods is contributing cheese and fruit. The Snappy Dogs ladies will be here in the parking lot. We'll have some raffle items. We'll have a boatload of fun.

We will also make a difference. Every penny of your $20 ticket is a direct contribution to Making Strides, and Pour Richard's will also donate a percentage of our profits from sales.

Your $20 ticket includes a Riedel crystal wine glass, etched with 'Drink Pink for the Cure'. Please consider attending this event and bringing friends.

  Tickets now available in-store, or click HERE to purchase online.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Adult Masquerade-themed cocktail party to benefit Relay for Life

When: Saturday 4/25/15 from 7pm-midnight 
Where: Franklin Country Club 
What: An adult Masquerade themed cocktail party, all the procedes go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Franklin, Wrentham, Bellingham. Cash Bar, Light appetizers. Silent Auction with amazing items! 
Ticket Prices: $20 per person Presale, $30 per person at the door or 2 for $50 
Contact: or 508-446-1245

Relay for Life sign in 2013
Relay for Life sign in 2013

The Relay for Life will be held on June 12 at King Phillip Regional High School

screen grab from Franklin Bellingham Wrentham Relay for Life webpage
screen grab from Franklin Bellingham Wrentham Relay for Life webpage

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dinner & Comedy Night to benefit the Ellie Fund - Nov 13

Franklin residents are hosting the 2nd Annual Night of Dinner and Comedy to support The Ellie Fund starting at 6:30 pm on Thursday November 13, 2014 at Primavera Restaurant in Millis. The Ellie Fund is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that fights breast cancer by easing its effects on patients and families. 

Since 1995, The Ellie Fund has been providing critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and families across Massachusetts each year. All of the things you need that are not covered by insurance, The Ellie Fund steps up to the plate and takes care of. At least one Franklin resident who has been an Ellie Fund Client will be in attendance.

The evening includes an elegant buffet dinner and a very special night of entertainment including the hilarious comedy of Harrison Stebbins and Jessica Casciano as well as music by David Penza. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and cash bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance using the link below, and they will also be available at the door.

Tickets can be purchased online here
Ellie Fund - fighting breast cancer
Ellie Fund - fighting breast cancer

Numerous local businesses are supporting this wonderful event:
3 RestaurantAK KitchenAllegra PrintingGaetano's BakeryGold's Gym MillisHometown Paint/ Aubuchon HardwareExpressive InteriorsLowell's RestaurantTri- County cosmetology schoolSanctuary SalonThe Boston GlobeA local math tutorStephanie Mc Bride psychic mediumEsbe designsConfidence BeadsBack to Business LLCStrategic College SolutionsHappy Tails Doggy DaycarePawsh Pooch groomingHarkey's LiquorsUnion Street LiquorsRyan Family amusementsThe Boston GlobeFine Feathers BoutiquePrimavera Restaurant