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TeamWalk for CancerCare

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Five thousand walkers and volunteers at Lowell General Hospital’s 16th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare held on May 31st raised $864,500 to provide services and support for local cancer patients and their families. Organizers of the Merrimack Valley’s largest single-day fundraising event expect additional donations to come in over the next few months. Many participants donned t-shirts for loved ones as they walked the 3-mile or 6-mile route through historic downtown Lowell and its river ways.

“This community believes so strongly in what TeamWalk stands for, which is supporting cancer patients — people who are family, friends, and neighbors — while they are undergoing treatment,” said Jody White, President of Lowell General Hospital. “The event grows every year and the commitment is amazing. The hospital is very grateful that so many people understand how important the work of the Cancer Center is and how they are helping families cope with cancer.”

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, select medication for those in need, and many health and wellness programs.

This year’s event was once again hosted by Matt Noyes, chief meteorologist at NECN and Lori Grande, co-host of the JW & Lori Morning Show on Country 102.5 WKLB. Rene Rancourt of the Boston Bruins performed the National Anthem during opening ceremonies accompanied by the Color Guard from Lowell High School.

“The funds raised by TeamWalk help patients and families focus on treatment and relieve them of some of the financial hardships that can cause stress during an already difficult time,” said Kevin Campbell who served as the event chairman for the third year. “Having lost my wife to cancer, I know first-hand how important it is to have support. I couldn’t be more proud of this effort and of the people in the community who come out year after year to support it.”

Since the walk began in 2000, more than eight million dollars has been raised to provide assistance to more than 22,000 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.

For someone facing a cancer diagnosis, financial worries can bring additional stress during a time when anxiety levels are at their highest. Thankfully for thousands of patients throughout the Merrimack Valley, TeamWalk for CancerCare is there to help.

For further information on TeamWalk assistance please email the Director of Oncology Social Work or call 978-937-6142.

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