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Somersworth Eagles Raise $4K for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Cancer Patients

DOVER, NH – The Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Foundation has received a $4,000 donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Somersworth Aerie #1877, to support cancer patients at the Mass General Cancer Center at Wentworth-Douglass.

The money was raised in collaboration with Grandview Campground in Rochester and First Class Auto Body in Boston.

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"The generosity of the Somersworth Eagles and their partners exemplifies the community's unwavering support for cancer patients in our care," said Maryellen Burke, chief development officer of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Foundation. “We are so grateful to them, and many other organizations like them. We would not be able to assist our patients in the ways that we do without their continued support.”

The funds raised will underwrite the cancer center’s supportive and wellness services, which offer integrative therapies and support that are often not covered by insurance. The program includes acupuncture, Reiki, massage therapy and exercise classes, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology. The program also allows patients to meet with oncology social workers, nutritionists, and patient navigators, as well as supporting basic needs for those who cannot afford transportation, gas cards, groceries, or other necessities during treatment.

The donation was personal to the Eagles, because member Connie Matthews recently completed her own cancer treatments at Wentworth-Douglass and was able to “ring the bell” – a tradition for all patients who have completed their treatment.

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"The dedication of our members to support cancer patients, like Connie, reflects our commitment to our community's well-being," said John Allard, aerie conductor and Eagles NH state secretary. “We are honored to support Wentworth-Douglass and everything they do for our community.

Members of the club also include Javon Epps, Bob Nadeau, Marc Lavacchia, Cindi Allard, Doris Noble, John Jones, Lee Lassonde, and Rita Dupuis.

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