Fishing derby raises $3,500 for cancer fund

Posted April 02, 2009, at 8:01 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:59 a.m.

FORT KENT, Maine — Those who participated in the fourth annual Long Lake Fishing Derby this year caught more than fish — they also raised more than $3,500 for the Edgar G. Paradis Cancer Fund.

Organizers of the St. Agatha derby recently visited Northern Maine Medical Center to give the money to cancer fund representatives. The donation is the largest to the group by any organization on an annual basis and totals $12,200 in the four years the Long Lake Fishing Derby has been in operation.

Paul Bernier, one of the derby coordinators, said Wednesday afternoon that the two-day event, which began Jan. 31, was a huge success.

“The money that we are able to give the fund goes up every year,” he said.

This year, 451 anglers registered for the tournament.

“This is outstanding,” Roger Lagasse, board member of the fund, said in a written statement. “With each passing year, we’ve seen requests for assistance increase. Over the past year, we benefited approximately 100 families, and this donation will go a very long way in providing assistance to those people of the St. John Valley who are in any way living with a cancer diagnosis.”

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