BANGOR — For 10-year-old Tommy Hosmer, charity begins at home. When his beloved grandmother Linda “Mimi” Reilly Williams died of ovarian cancer in August 2009, Tommy wanted to honor her memory in a special way.
“I just wanted to help others with cancer like my Mimi had,” the Bangor boy said. And help he has.
With a book collection given to him by a neighbor and a special copy of “Black House” donated by Stephen King, “Tommy’s Book and Bake Sale” was born. The proceeds from the sale of donated bakery items, nearly 4,000 books and raffle tickets for King’s novel totaled $3,340.
Last September, Tommy proudly presented the check to Healthcare Charities for the endowment fund in Linda’s name. The fund supports CancerCare of Maine, where his grandmother was a long-time patient.
But Tommy’s philanthropic efforts didn’t stop there. For nearly two years, he has donated his Christmas money and savings to “Mimi’s Fund.” He also is planning his next fundraiser, and this time he is considering a sports theme.
Tommy’s charitable spirit and dedication to helping those with cancer make him the choice for the 2011 Champion the Cure Grand Marshal. He will lead the 1K Family Fun Run at the Aug. 20 event, which raises funds for local cancer research.
Champion the Cure Challenge also features a 5K or 10K walk-run; 25-, 50- or 100-mile bike ride, and a 50-mile motorcycle ride.
To obtain more information about the Champion the Cure Challenge or to register or volunteer for the event, call Jeni Lloyd at 973-9628 or visit http://www.championthecurechallenge.org.