For the sixth year in a row, volunteers will gather on the Plymouth State University campus for “Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive,” a walk to raise funds to fight cancer and help those with cancer and their families. The walk begins at noon on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at the Plymouth State PE Center on Holderness Road and lasts for 12 hours, although many walkers will walk only a portion of that time.
More than $60,000 has been raised since the first walk was held five years ago to benefit individuals and families whose lives have been affected by cancer in communities such as Ashland, Alexandria, Bridgewater, Campton, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, Wentworth and Woodstock. Funds raised also support four book awards for PSU students and the First Star Tonight organization, which provides a “wish” to children with chronic illnesses.
“Walkers of all ages are welcome,” says Diane Tillotson, treasurer of Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive Inc., which was established as a separate non-profit organization in February 2004. “Participants can form their own team prior to the event, form a team at registration or walk on their own. Participants are welcome to walk as much as they’d like during the 12 hours.” The other members of the board of Keeping You, Me and Memories Alice Inc. are Reine Fischler, Nancy Comeau, Kathryn Melanson, Cindy Leverone, Theresa Davis and Lyndsay Melanson.
Prior to the walk, participants collect donations from their sponsors and turn them in at registration, which starts at 11 a.m. that day. Prior events have included PSU athletic teams and student organizations, walker teams and volunteers from Plymouth Regional High School, and many individuals and families.
Non-walkers can also support the event by purchasing luminaries for $5 each, or hearts or stars for $1 each, in memory of a loved one who has been lost to cancer or to honor someone who is currently fighting the disease. Luminaries will be on sale at Café Monte Alto on Main Street in Plymouth on Saturday mornings throughout September, and in the Hartman Union Building (HUB) on the PSU campus during the last two weeks of September. Luminaries, hearts and stars will all be on display at the walk. A silent auction of donated merchandise will be held in the HUB Pawsway for two weeks prior to the event and will conclude that night. “We have many wonderful items, including movie passes, jewelry and gift certificates,” Tillotson says.
The walk is hosted by Plymouth State University in partnership with Speare Medical Associates, Boyle Law Office, Pemigewasset National Bank, Venture Print Unlimited Inc., First Star Tonight, Ed Farrington of Preseps Ltd. and The Common Man. Dinner will be provided for the walkers by a local restaurant and snacks will be available during the day. Musicians, singers and Juggling Jim will provide entertainment during the event.
For more information or to download donation sheets and registration forms, go to Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive online at www.memoriesalive.org , or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Diane Tillotson at (603) 535-2592.