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Townsend Woman Hikes for Elizabeth Stone House

Linda Vincent will be spending part of her summer getting some sun and some exercise by trekking through parts of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.

As a bonus, she’ll also be helping raise money to support victims of domestic violence.

The 57-year-old Townsend resident, originally from Chelmsford, will join other women participating in the annual Wilderness Heals fundraiser from July 19 to July 21. Vincent will hike parts of the White Mountains to raise awareness and money for the Elizabeth Stone House, an organization offering housing and support services to adult and child victims of domestic violence.

Vincent said on Monday that this will be her first time participating in the hike after hearing about it from a friend.

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Bedford & Burlington Residents Cast in Voices of Hope’s “Titanic”

Jill Scanlon and Lisa Bailey, of Bedford, and Tim Rose, of Burlington, have been cast in the Voices of Hope production of “Titanic.”

To celebrate Voices of Hope’s 10th anniversary season, the musical will run for two dates – May 4 and May 5 — at North Shore Music Theater in Beverly.

Voices of Hope is a non-profit organization, with area residents who donate their time and talents to raise funds for cancer research.

Proceeds will benefit the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the Mass General Cancer Center.

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Amesbury Resident to Run Boston Marathon for Northeast Arc

Shawn Ducrow, of Amesbury, will run in the 2019 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Northeast Arc.

Ducrow, a biomed technician at Fresenius Medical Care, commented on his mission. “As a health care provider, I work with vulnerable populations: medically compromised, impoverished, people with developmental disabilities,” Ducrow said. “Often times, they don’t know what their choices are because they are underrepresented or uninformed. It is important to me to make sure my patients are educated and informed, to be a voice in their own treatments. Inclusion to me means having a voice, being a self-advocate in their care.”

Ducrow’s wife, Jessica, works for the Northeast Arc. “I am proud to be a part of the first Northeast Arc marathon team and to represent an agency that is such a great resource and part of the community,” he said.

While this is Ducrow’s first Boston Marathon, he has run the Bay State Marathon in Lowell twice. He joined the Winner’s Circle Running club to help train and also created an “informal” network for his wife and some of their friends.

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Liberty Bay Credit Union Employees Spin For Old Colony YMCA

Weymouth residents Michelle Cowan and Krista Tracia, and former resident Karen Stirling, participated in Old Colony YMCA and Liberty Bay Credit Union Community Matters team’s Spin-A-Thon fundraiser on March 9.

The event was to help raise funds necessary to provide access to programs such as summer camps, scholarships and mentoring services.

“This is my fourth year leading our amazing team and I couldn’t be more proud of my co-workers, I feel very blessed to spend the afternoon with such an amazing group of people,” said Tracey Hart, of Liberty Bay Credit Union Community Matters and a spin instructor.

The LBCU Community Matters team had 18 participants and was able to fundraise over $700 for the Old Colony YMCA.

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A Reason to Ride Cancer Survivor Story in Dorchester Reporter

Cancer survivor rides to help Beth Israel-Deaconess team

Dorchester native Bob Harland’s involvement in A Reason to Ride, taking place on Sunday, September 9 in Danvers, is personal. The 62 year-old is a bladder cancer survivor who credits the doctors and nurses at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) with his successful treatment.

In the fall of 2015, Bob was in Ireland on vacation with his girlfriend, Peggy Folan, who is an oncology nurse at BIDMC. She felt something was wrong with his health and insisted that he go to the doctor as soon as they returned. After seeing his primary care physician, he was referred to Dr. Andrew Wagner, a urologist, and then to Dr. Kathleen Mahoney, an oncologist, both at BIDMC.

Harland was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent a 10-plus hour surgery where his bladder was removed robotically and rebuilt using his intestines. He later developed complications including pulmonary embolisms, but his is now cancer free. He is still not able to exercise at the level he did prior to the cancer diagnosis and suffers from neuropathy (damage to peripheral nerves that often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet) from the knee down as a side effect from the chemotherapy.

Harland has participated as a rider at A Reason to Ride in the past, but this year will be doing the 5K that is part of the event. He is grateful that he is feeling well enough again to be part of this meaningful event which was started by a brain cancer survivor who was also treated at BIDMC.

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