June 20, 2018
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Brewer sisters hand out hot cocoa to support Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Relay for Life

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Abby Sargent holds up the family's billboard offering passing motorists free hot chocolate in front of her Brewer home in December 2010.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The little girls who last year gave out free hot chocolate to motorists passing their Bowdoin Drive home while looking at Christmas lights, and who raised $2,500 in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, are back to do it again.

“Last year, we did it for Cystic Fibrosis and this year we’re doing it for Relay for Life and Cystic Fibrosis,” said Mike Openshaw, proud father of three of the girls — Abby Sargent, 8, Jessica Sargent, 10, and Torri Openshaw, 9.

Mike Openshaw said his girls decided also to raise money to fight cancer after he was diagnosed in July with metastatic pheochromocytoma, an extremely rare form of neuroendocrine cancer.

His daughters, their cousins and children of friends of the family are handing out the hot cocoa 5-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5-7 p.m. Sunday, until Christmas.

“Last night was the first night, and we did $220,” Openshaw said. “Last year, Christmas Eve was our biggest night. We gave away 800 cups of hot cocoa.”

Folks who would like a map to the Openshaw-Sargent home, which is off North Main Street in Brewer, can go to the family’s Relay for Life team website, oteam.org.

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