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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton High Grad to Pedal Cross Country for Cancer Research (And More...)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

HARVEY PEDALS FOR CANCER RESEARCH: Allison Harvey, a 2007 graduate of , let About Town know about her summer plans. 

She will be riding a bike across the country to promote cancer awareness with an organization called 4K For Cancer.

Perhaps you'd like to help Allison meet her fundraising goal!

Here’s more info from Allison:

This summer, I will join 29 of my peers in a 70-day, 4,500-mile bike ride from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR. Our mission is to spread awareness, unite communities across the country, and inspire hope to everyone whose lives have been affected by cancer.  As we bike through these communities, we will volunteer our help in cancer centers and hospitals, give presentations about the importance of early detection, and spread information about our cause to everyone we meet.

As most of you may know, my father passed away in March of 2009 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.  I am certainly not alone in this experience. There are about 1.4 million people diagnosed with cancer every year. Every person I have told about this cause thus far has had either a family member, mentor, or friend who has fought this disease. I am dedicating my ride to my father and to your loved ones as well that have fought, are fighting, or have survived cancer.

Since starting as a student group at Johns Hopkins University ten years ago, 4K for Cancer has grown into its own non-profit organization, receiving accolades such as Association of Fundraising Professional’s “Outstanding Youths in Philanthropy Award” and the American Cancer Society’s ‘Special Event of the Year.’  

Over the last ten years, the 4K for Cancer has reached hundreds of communities nationwide, donated over $1,000,000 towards the fight against cancer, and inspired more than 200 young people to make a difference by bicycling cross-country.  Almost all of the money we raise goes to cancer related organizations, like the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodges.

I am writing to ask for your support.  I have set a goal to raise $6,300 before I set out in May. Anything at all that you can do to help me reach this goal would be greatly appreciated. I will be keeping a blog about my trip at allybikesforcancer.blogspot.com. I cannot wait to share adventures about the people I meet along the way, the communities we pass through, and the amazing stories of those to whom I dedicate my ride each day.

You can donate by going to my profile page on the 4K for Cancer website at http://4kforcancer.org/profiles/allison-harvey/ or by mailing a check to 4K for Cancer at 921 E Fort Ave, Ste 325, Baltimore, MD 21230.  

If donating by check, please make sure to include Allison Harvey in the Memo line and your email address. All of this information and a secure donation form can also be found on my blog listed above.

If you are making this donation in honor of someone, please let me know.  Every day before we set off, each rider dedicates that day to someone who has been affected by cancer by writing their name on our calves.  I would be honored to dedicate days to your loved ones.

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BE AN EDUCATED VOTER!   There's still time to catch the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters and Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Candidates Night Debates between the School Committee and Board of Selectmen candidates.

The folks over at Stoughton Media Access Corp. () taped them and are currently replaying them on Verizon Channel 28 and Comcast Channel 9.

The League of Women Voters/Stoughton Chamber of Commerce event, held in the Great Hall at Town Hall, can be seen: 4/5 at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 8 p.m.; 4/6 at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 8 p.m.; 4/7 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m..    

Meanwhile, the can be seen on those same channels on 4/7 at 5 a.m.

School Committee candidates include Allan Mills (incumbent) and former member Dr. Erdem Ural. Selectmen candidates include incumbents John Anderson and Cynthia Walsh, former member Joe Mokrisky and Bob O’Regan

The town election is Tuesday, April 10.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to former FinCom Chair Bernie Pigeon ("celebrating the 22nd anniversary of his 49th birthday") and Stoughton author Kyle Darcy ("Under Current Conditions").

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