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TeamWalk for CancerCare Raises $908,000 for Local Cancer Patients

Annual Walk Closes in on Million Dollar Mark

Once again breaking previous records, the 13th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare hosted by Lowell General Hospital on May 20th collected $908,000 to provide services and support for local cancer patients and their families. The Merrimack Valley's largest single-day fundraising event brought more than 5,000 walkers, volunteers, and supporters on a day that featured gorgeous sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many participants donned t-shirts for loved ones as they made the 3- or 6.2-mile route through historic downtown Lowell and its river ways.

All funds raised directly support patients at the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital and those fighting cancer throughout the Merrimack Valley. The generosity of contributions to TeamWalk provide transportation to and from treatments, support groups and services, wigs, medication costs for those in need, and many health and wellness programs.

This year's event welcomed co-masters of ceremonies Matt Noyes, meteorologist at NECN, and air personality Lori Grande of WKLB Country 102.5. Other notable guests included Bruins Crooner Rene Rancourt with his signature performance of the National Anthem during opening ceremonies, Patriots cheerleaders and Lowell Mayor Patrick Murphy.

Since the walk began in 2000, more than six million dollars has been raised to provide assistance to well over 15,000 people in the community. The difference this event makes directly impacts others – enhancing the likelihood of completing treatment, connecting patients and families to resources, and improving quality of life at each step along the way.

"I couldn't be prouder of how it has evolved," said Steve Normandin who has chaired the event for the past four years. "Each year it gets bigger and better. That translates to the hospital's increased ability to have a major and profound impact on the quality of life of patients and their families as they are undergoing cancer treatment. That's what making a difference is all about."

The event comes together on a large scale through yearlong planning, the support of generous corporate sponsors including SmithFest Foundation, the first ever presenting sponsor, hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of walkers and those who support them with pledges.

The total amount raised by TeamWalk 2012 continues to grow as donations are still being accepted. Remaining checks may be hand-carried or mailed to TeamWalk for Cancer Care, c/o Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854 or donations by credit card may be made online at

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