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Sebasticook Valley holds Third annual Duck Race for Breast Cancer

Posted Aug. 22, 2013, at 2:05 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
These children of Sebasticook Valley Hospital employees were playing the “Duck Match” game near the finish line at Manson Park before the duck race began. There were a variety of duck-related games for kids at the event, and every participating child won a prize.
These children of Sebasticook Valley Hospital employees were playing the “Duck Match” game near the finish line at Manson Park before the duck race began. There were a variety of duck-related games for kids at the event, and every participating child won a prize.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Adults and children watched hundreds of yellow, pink, and blue rubber ducks in Manson Park during the Sebasticook Valley Hospital’s Third annual Duck Race for Breast Cancer on Aug. 10.

Cast off from the Hunnewell Avenue Bridge upstream, the brightly colored, “rented” plastic ducks floated down Sebasticook River to the finish line and into the nets of SVH employees who were in the water to collect them.

The race was coordinated by the SVH Women’s Health Center staff to raise money for the Nancy Stone Fund for uninsured and underinsured women seeking breast care services at Sebasticook Valley Health. This event raised $2,350 from duck rentals, games, and food during and after the race.

“What a wonderful family-friendly event to raise money and awareness for Women’s Health services at SVH,” commented Terri Vieira, SVH President/CEO. “The money raised today will help many women in our area who cannot afford a mammogram that can detect cancer early and save lives.”

The ducks were launched from the Hunnewell Avenue Bridge, and the race took less than 10 minutes before the winning duck crossed the pink finish line at Manson Park. Several girls from Girl Scouts of Maine Troop 1055 earned their Community Service badge by helping with the various games for children at the race.

SVH Women’s Health is sponsoring its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, at SVH Family Care in Pittsfield. Every year, SVH provides close to 100 free mammograms to women in need.

Accredited by the Joint Commission, SVH comprises a progressive 25-bed critical access hospital with a wide range of outpatient services throughout the region. SVH is a proud member of EMHS. Contact Jennifer Yarbrough at 487-4024 for more information.

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