Comedy show to raise funds for Relay for Life

Grandson Adam Mahaney, with Mike Hart of the ACS, takes photo of Gram at 2006 Relay for Life. Photo courtesy of the Mahaney family. FOR JONI COLUMN WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1.
Grandson Adam Mahaney, with Mike Hart of the ACS, takes photo of Gram at 2006 Relay for Life. Photo courtesy of the Mahaney family. FOR JONI COLUMN WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1.
By Joni Averill,
Posted Aug. 31, 2010, at 7:05 p.m.

Working hard to continue the legacy of his late grandmother, Estelle Levesque, who died of cancer in 2006, Adam Mahaney of Old Town and his family are holding multiple fundraisers for their 2011 American Cancer Society Old Town Relay for Life team, Estelle’s Angels.

Estelle was involved with several teams after being diagnosed in 2001 and, in her final Old Town Relay for Life, served as honorary chairwoman.

For many of those years, her team was the top individual fundraiser.

“We set a goal, every year, to be the top individual fundraiser,” Adam told me, “and last year we won the team spirit award that exemplifies what ‘team’ is all about.”

Estelle’s Angels will hold a comedy show for mature audiences at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

Tickets are $15 each or two for $25 and are available by calling 817-3191 or 394-2833.

All the entertainers are Maine comedians “who travel to Boston and around the country,” Adam said.

The event also includes a 50-50 raffle and a raffle of gift cards for 13 restaurants.

“We’re looking to raise a lot of money and help spread awareness,” Adam said.

“The theme is a night of fun with lots of laughter.”

Headliner Freddie Stone appears with Paul Murphy, Erik Gundersen and Adam Hatch.

More information is available at Facebook.com/estellesangels.

Estelle was diagnosed with breast cancer that led to a mastectomy. The cancer recurred in 2003.

In 2005, Estelle was diagnosed with leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant, was treated with experimental drugs, and had “40 to 50 blood transfusions,” Adam said.

During those years, Estelle participated in the Old Town Relay for Life event and also set one very special goal for herself: to be there when her first great-grandson was born.

She achieved that goal.

On Dec. 28, 2005, the day Estelle was being discharged from the hospital, Adam’s wife, Jennifer Mahaney, gave birth to their son, Brendan, and great-grandmother Estelle was able “to take a quick elevator ride” to maternity and hold that very special child, Adam told me.

Now, Adam, Jennifer, Brendan and his younger brother, Tyler, with family members Lisa Mahaney, Dolores Stone, Robin Mishou, Linda St. Peter and David and Nicki Levesque, are working to carry on Estelle’s legacy of doing something to help others with cancer.

When Estelle was in her last Old Town Relay for Life event and serving as the honorary chairwoman, she had the opportunity to address the gathering, Adam said.

“Everyone always said she was brave,” he said. “But she always wanted people to know it was not because she was brave” that she was out there working hard to raise money for the ACS, “but because she cared.”

She simply didn’t want other people to have to go through what she had been through, and she hoped helping raise funds for ACS would make life better for others.

That is the legacy Estelle’s Angels carry today, as they continue to raise funds for the signature fundraiser of ACS.

If you cannot attend this event, but want to help Estelle’s Angels raise funds for the Old Town Relay for Life in May 2011, write a check to Adam Mahaney with Relay for Life on the memo line, and mail it to 399 Fourth St., Old Town 04468.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.com; 990-8288.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/08/31/living/comedy-show-to-raise-funds-for-relay-for-life/ printed on October 1, 2014