Noteworthy news Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Nancy MacDonald
Nancy MacDonald
Posted Sept. 20, 2011, at 2:54 p.m.
Kelsey Price
Kelsey Price

The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots have announced that Nancy MacDonald of Brewer is the third “Survivor of the Week” in connection with the 15th annual event held Sept. 18 along the Bangor Waterfront.

On Sept. 10, 2001, Nancy had a biopsy.

The next day, Sept. 11, “I was home with a bunch of friends watching the news when my doctor called to tell me I had breast cancer,” she said.

“At that point, the second tower had been hit, and I said to the doctor, I am going to have to call you back. There is a lot going on right now.

“Following that event, and any cancer survivor will say — I really appreciate life, I don’t take for granted the people I care about, and I live every day to its fullest.

“Everybody was doing that after 9/11. I was part of a huge community that, in a lot of ways, was going through the exact same thing I was,” MacDonald said.

Her family has a significant history of breast cancer. MacDonald’s mother died of the disease at age 42 and her aunts and sister have been diagnosed with breast cancer as well.

That knowledge led her to be very proactive and gave her more time than others in her family to think about the disease.

“I always knew, pretty much not if, but when, I would be diagnosed. I was vigilant about doing whatever it took,” she said.

Nancy had a bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, chemotherapy and also a complete hysterectomy “because it was recommended.”

Diagnosed 10 years ago, she has been cancer-free for eight years.

Nancy was chairwoman of the Komen Maine Race for four years and this year, was involved with the race committee. She also volunteers at Shop for the Cure at the Bangor Mall.

For information about The Komen Maine Race for the Cure, visit komenmaine.org or call 262-7117.

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Lucille Koncinsky, grandmother of the late Brianna Rachel Koncinsky (who was 6 when she died of brain cancer two years ago), reports the Aug. 13 Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids 9-Hole Scramble at Kenduskeag Golf and Country Club was a great success.

The tournament, which raises money for the fund that assists with the nonmedical needs of chronically ill and hospitalized children and their families, raised $6,045.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this fundraiser, Koncinsky’s family and friends will be able to continue their mission of giving seriously ill children something to smile about, which was Koncinsky’s wish.

The funds help purchase everything from books to toys, CDs, care packages, Christmas gifts and birthday parties.

For information about the Brianna Rachel Fund for Kids, call 884-7330 or 884-4199 or email lukey@msn.com.

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The Webb’s RV Center Champion the Cure Challenge Tennis Tournament was held Aug. 20 at Bangor Tennis.

This year, a round robin tournament for high school players was added to the event and several high school students participated in support of Hampden Academy schoolmate and tennis team member Kelsey Price, who recently was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Kelsey attended the tournament to watch the action.

Organizer Martha Doyon reports that she was “very proud of the young people for taking the time to help their friend, and they raised $1,460.”

“Not only did we have a lot of fun, but we raised a lot of money for cancer care and research at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center” in Brewer.

Martha also thanked Danny Webb “and several other sponsors and players,” who helped raise a total of $11,338, “surpassing last year’s total of $10,691.”

Martha added she hopes “the event gets bigger every year, and that we will raise even more” in the 2012 tournament.

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