Friends of former Winterport resident and University of Maine alumnus Gabriel Allen, who was involved in a serious car-bike accident while vacationing in San Francisco recently, are hard at work helping raise funds to pay for an air ambulance to get him back to the east coast for recovery.
My co-worker and one of Gabe’s close friends, Emily Burnham, wrote that Gabe “is slowly waking up from a coma,” and recovering in San Francisco from his extensive injuries.
However, because of the extent of his injuries and the care he requires, Gabe can return home only by air ambulance, which costs several thousand dollars, and that option is not covered by insurance.
Among the efforts to help in this effort is a Gabe’s Ride to Recovery Benefit Party at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, upstairs at Paddy Murphy’s Pub in Bangor. The suggested donation is $10.
However, the most important fundraiser at the moment is a raffle “featuring items from dozens of local businesses and organizations,” Burnham wrote of the raffle that features everything from auto detailing packages to pottery.
Tickets are $5 for one, or $20 for five, and are available at Winterport Boot Shop in Brewer, which is owned by Gabe’s parents, Michael and Donna Allen, and in Winterport at Rosie’s Diner, Winterport House of Pizza and The Clothesline.
If you cannot attend but want to help, you can send a donation to the Gabriel Allen Fund in care of his sister, Summer Allen, Winterport Boot Shop, 264 State St., Brewer 04412.
For more information about Gabe’s condition and all efforts to help him at this time, visit www.getbettergabe.com.
Here’s a reminder from Lisa Trimper about the deadline and registration fees for the Cub Tracks Youth Triathlon for children ages 7-13 beginning with registration at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the University of Maine in Orono.
Active.com registration credit card payment closes at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and the registration fee is $20.
To register your child, visit www.active.com with the keyword search “cub tracks.”
For more information, call 973-4600 or visit www.emmc.org.
The fee for the day of race is $35 for the swim, bike and walk-run event with a guest appearance by Maine native and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ian Crocker.
The triathlon is sponsored by UMaine, Eastern Maine Medical Center and Kohl’s Cares for Kids Charities.
Kathryn Pears of the Maine Alzheimer’s Association suggests individuals caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia might appreciate watching “Caring for the Caregiver,” being aired at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, on MPBN.
The program features interviews with health experts and Mainers living in this situation.
With that topic in mind, organizers are proud to report University of Maine women’s basketball coach Cindy Blodgett returns as honorary chair for the Bangor Memory Walk beginning with registration at 8 a.m. and the 3-mile walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bass Park in Bangor.
This year’s walk includes a Pioneer Memory Walk in honor of those “with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers who teach us, daily, about living with the disease,” wrote walk chair Kristie Miner.
The Rev. Bob Carlson will address participants during the ice cream social closing ceremonies.
If you wish to preregister, visit the Pizza Hut 4-7 p.m. today at 49 Bangor Mall Boulevard. Participants bringing in more than $50 will receive a T-shirt, and Pizza Hut will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.
For alternate preregistration information, call Tamera Leland, 942-7336.
For more information, visit www.alz.org, call 800-272-3900 or donate at http://memorywalk09kintera.org/Maine/Bangor/kristie.