Race raises $$$ to fight cancer

by Tony on February 11, 2014

The organizer of Sunday’s American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual “Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer” says the event was a great success.

Kathy Metz says volunteers had a fun-filled day on the slopes at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway with ski, snowboard and tubing races.

Metz says valley residents, second homeowners and visitors came out to show their spirit – and participants raised more than $11,000 for cancer research and patient services in the valley.

Top three individual fundraisers were Ken Romano of Lynnfield, Mass., Richard Ayer of Glen and 6-year-old Merrik Iacozili of Fryeburg, Maine who collected more than $1,000.

Merrik was one of several outstanding youth fundraisers – participants 17 or younger who raised $75 or more. He was joined by Annaliese Matte, Allison Wanek, Joey Nichipor, Polly Vallient and Bella and Tailia Hutchins.

Team fundraisers included Team Believe and the Jackson Community Church.

Metz says the funds will allow the Cancer Society to continue its investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services. She says as baby boomers age, cancer will soon become the number one killer in America – and more public attention and money need to be channeled to the disease.