Fort Kent ~ In its twenty-fourth year, the Tour de la Vallee garnered the support of one hundred and four participants on August 10th. The addition of options for walking and running attracted fifty eight participants to the event. Dorine Deschaine, Tour committee chairperson said, “We listened to the suggestions from previous years and the changes we made to the event this year were very well received by participants. We are very grateful to all who contributed to the event by volunteering, participating or being a sponsor. With the generous contributions made we will be able to help many families again this year.” Pledges from sponsors totaled $15,500 with more pledges expected to come in over the next several days.
The Tour de la Vallee is the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund’s major fundraiser and it is critically important in funding support to family members of patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis. In 2013, forty seven families were assisted by the Fund in the amount of $75,698. Over the years, St. John Valley families suffer¬ing from cancer have benefited from nearly $750,000 in support from the Edgar J. Paradis Fund.
The pledge period for donations remains open. Anyone wishing to make a contribution may do so online at www.paradiscancerfund.org or by contacting Dorine Deschaine at 207-728-7302.
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