METHUEN – Allison Hawkes, a 2012 Methuen High graduate who has fought with cancer most of her life, learned over the summer she must fight a fourth battle with cancer. After triumphing three times, Hawkes got involved with the Methuen Relay for Life and was a co-chair for the event her senior year. In between episodes, Hawkes played soccer and was a swimmer, among many other activities.
She has deferred her first year at Wheelock College to undergo treatment.
Hawkes and her mother travel several times a week to Boston’s Floating Hospital for chemo treatment, and the trips are taking a financial toll on the family with gas, food, missed work and overnight stays in the city.
To help, Methuen Public Schools is have a “Rally for Allie” Jeans Day on Friday, Sept. 28. Employees can wear jeans and contribute a $5 donation to the main office at each building.
In addition, a fund has been set up in her name for residents who would like to contribute more. Donations can be set to Allison Hawkes, c/o Methuen Cooperative Bank, 243 Broadway, PO Box 657, Methuen, MA 01844.
Anyone interested in receiving updates on Allie’s progress or would like to send her a message can visit her Care Page at www.carepages.com/carepages/AllieDoodles/surveys/visitor.
Library to host international labor poster exhibit
HAVERHILL - An International labor poster exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509 will be on display at the public library Sept. 29 to Oct. 27. Lewis is a long-time activist in the labor movement. Poster art is one of the most powerful means of communication and the examples in this second exhibit speak eloquently of the battle for economic, political, and social achievements of women. The artists who created these posters reflect their respective cultures as well as their own creative consciousness.