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Steve Pancygrau

Chelmsford Team Keeps Dad's Memory Alive

Her son, who was just 4 when his dad passed away, calls it the "Daddy Walk." Robin Pancygrau of Chelmsford says TeamWalk for CancerCare is the best way to keep her husband's memory alive for her now 9-year old son, Henry. Pancygrau's husband, Steve, passed away from lung cancer just over 5 years ago and was treated at Lowell General's cancer center. Her team, "Steven's Memory" started walking back in 2007 and each year they don tie-dyed t-shirts with Steven's image in honor of his love for the Grateful Dead. Their goal is to raise $5,000. Pancygrau knows first-hand how TeamWalk funds benefit cancer patients and their families.

"TeamWalk funds helped my family when Steve was being treated. The hospital was able to transport Steve to his daily radiation treatments since I was working full time."

Pancygrau also was able to benefit from free support and grief programs which she said were a "lifesaver." Pancygrau also says that the staff - doctors, nurses, social workers, everyone - were absolutely fantastic in terms of the care her husband received. She uses words like  "accommodating," "caring" and "attentive" when she speaks of her experience. This Chelmsford team is just one example of how the community pulls together to support a resource that is so precious to residents. Lowell General Hospital's Cancer Center offers world-class care right here where they live and work.

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