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January 16, 2014

Local teens fight childhood cancer

Local teens offer parents a night off for a cause

Four local teens — Patrick Linehan, Reanna Romano, Michaela Forand and Avery Drouin — want to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. Each of these students have been personally impacted by the effects of childhood cancer, whether it be in their brother, cousin or classmate.

These students are part of the Fitness for A Cure Performance Team which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They feel strongly about the importance of kids helping kids. For 15 years, a team of adults and kids of all ages have been raising money with the credo that those that are strong in mind and body should give back to the sick and less fortunate. They have made the commitment to raise money and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped to push the overall childhood cancer survival rates from 20 percent when the research hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. These treatments and protocols are used all over the United States and the world.

These motivated Pinkerton freshman travel to Lowell every Sunday for months to practice and prepare for their performance at the Fitness for A Cure Gala at the Lowell

Memorial Auditorium March 22. They also spend much time on personal fundraising efforts, with the goal of each raising at least $1,000.

They have a fundraising effort planned. They will host a “Parents Night Out” at Gym-Ken in Windham on Saturday Jan. 18, from 6 to 11 pm.

These St. Jude volunteers are offering a night out for parents while their children enjoy evening filled with fun and exercise (children age 4 and over). Half of all proceeds go directly to Fitness for A Cure for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Anyone who wants a night out while supporting a great cause can register your children by calling Gym- Ken at 434-9060.

For more information, visit fitnessforacure.com.

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