A local group dedicated to providing aid to cancer patients and their families celebrates a decade of success with their annual fundraising event October 3 on the campus of Plymouth State University. Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive (KYMMA) is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and support to individuals and families in central New Hampshire who are battling cancer. KYMMA Treasurer Diane Tiffany said the organization hopes to raise a record amount of money for the cause.
“We hope to raise $25,000 in funds this year, as well as build awareness that this disease affects us all,” Tiffany said. “Thanks to our supporters, we are able to let our neighbors know they are not alone in their battle, and people do care.”
The event at Plymouth State University’s PE Center on Holderness Road in Holderness, begins at noon and ends at 10 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. It will be held rain or shine. The event features a walkathon where participants walk laps around Arold Field in front of the PE Center. Walkers solicit for donations to sponsor them, and turn in a registration form with their donations at the event. Walkers may walk as little or as much as they like.
This year’s event features performances by local musicians, games, face painting, Locks of Love hair donation, Juggling Jim, Dollar Sale, 50/50 Raffles, special item raffles and appearances by Miss New Hampshire, NH State Senator Deb Reynolds, Councilor Raymond Burton and CBS’s Survivor Samoa contestant Betsy Bolan of Campton.
KYMMA President Kathryn Melanson, said the event draws many people with a common purpose.
“We’re all very excited about this being our 10th year and are trying to make it extra special by including distinguished guests and having new activities available for all ages in addition to the walk,” said Melanson. “Larger numbers in attendance help ensure that we can continue to help our neighbors battling cancer.”
Luminaries in memory of those we’ve lost or in honor of a cancer survivor (for the event) will be sold in downtown Plymouth the morning of September 26 in front of Anderson’s Bakery. Luminaries can also be purchased at the PSU HUB the week of September 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Speare Memorial Hospital, as well as at the event. All donations stay in the local community and are tax deductible.
For more information about the event, please visit www.memoriesalive.org or call 707-1466. Donations can be made by mailing to PO Box 322, Plymouth, NH 03264 or can be made on-line @ Memories Alivewww.memoriesalive.org.
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