Tour de la Vallee raises $13,000 to help nearby folks battling cancer

FORT KENT, Maine —  The 31st annual Tour de la Vallee lifted about $13,000 on Sunday to assist people who are fighting cancer. 

FORT KENT, Maine —  The 31st annual Tour de la Vallee elevated about $13,000 on Sunday to guidance people today who are battling cancer. 

The fundraiser invitations bicyclists as well as walkers and runners to increase pledge money in exchange for participating in bicycle programs extending as long as 100 miles, as nicely as 3K to 10K foot races.  Northern Maine Health-related Middle sponsors the event, which positive aspects the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. 

The Edgar J. Paradis Most cancers Fund supplies economical support to support beloved ones accompany St. John Valley most cancers sufferers who should vacation outside the area to get therapy.  All funds elevated goes directly to aid area cancer sufferers, together with tour chairperson Claire Moss.

“I’m also a cancer survivor and I benefited from the fund 15 many years ago when I was likely by means of breast cancer therapy,” Moss mentioned. 

FORT KENT, Maine — August 29, 2021 — The 31st yearly Tour de la Vallee function raised about $13,000 to assist the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. From left, are, tour committee member Sandy Collin and tour committee Chairperson Claire Moss. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Situations)

Moss traveled to Presque Isle for 33 consecutive days to obtain radiation therapies to fight her most cancers. 

The fund furnished mileage income so that many others could transport Moss to the remedies, allowing for her substantially desired rest and recovery time during the each day outings.

Edgar J. Paradis Most cancers Fund also pays for lodging of liked types of most cancers individuals when treatment method is away from household. 

This year’s Tour de la Vallee noticed 40 registrants at the Riverside Park starting up line, including 8-calendar year-aged Rocky Anoushfar of Fort Kent.

Anoushfar, a 3rd-grader at Fort Kent Elementary Faculty, ran alongside his mom, Bridget Doerksen. 

“We ended up only gonna do the 3K but he talked me into the 5K,” Doerksen explained. “He is acquiring me in form.” 

Anoushfar, who wishes to become a experienced hockey player when he is more mature, participates in track and discipline occasions through the state. 

“This is the first time I have ever run a lot more than 2,000 meters,” he reported. 

Doerksen claimed the conclusion for her and Rocky to take part in Tour de la Vallee was an effortless a person. 

“He loves operating and it is fantastic for supporting the cancer fund,” Doerksen claimed.  “It’s two for a person enjoyment.” 

The celebration raised $5,000 in pledges and the relaxation from sponsorships and donations.  

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