EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 26, 2013

Lawrence team competes in 12-mile obstacle course

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — Fitness Appeal, a fitness team from the Canal Street Gym at 251 Canal St., recently finished the Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle course. Designed by former British Special Forces soldiers to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie, participants had to swim through ice, run through fire, crawl through mud, and more to reach the finish line.

Led by Victor Ng, the team regularly participates in obstacle course races, half and full marathons, 5Ks, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman races.

According to spokesperson Ana Maria Avellan, the team hopes to inspire other Lawrencians to become more health conscious.

“We do our training runs around the city of Lawrence wearing our Fitness Appeal shirts so that people might stop us and ask how they can join,” she said in an email. “We also train at the Reservoir in Lawrence to keep the city involved and for those who do their walks to want to participate.”

The team’s motto is “We Don’t Hate, We Motivate.” They welcome people of all levels who want to join. For more information, visit facebook.com/fitnessappeal or call the Canal Street Gym at 978-747-6558.

Nominations for MVB magazine’s 40 Under 40 awards underway

MVB, the region’s business magazine, once again is in search of outstanding young people in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire to recognize through this high-profile awards presentation.

Each year, MVB — a sister publication to The Eagle-Tribune — honors 40 people under 40 years of age for their outstanding contributions to the business and broader community. Last year’s winners were chosen from hundreds of nominees, and even more entries are expected this year.

“We are happy to recognize these young movers and shakers who are making a difference in our communities,” said Karen Andreas, regional publisher of North of Boston Media Group. “We’re expecting many nominations, and I’m certain it will be difficult to narrow the field.”

Nominees for the third annual 40 Under 40 Awards now are being accepted. Winners will be recognized in our October edition of MVB, as well as at a luncheon at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, to which the public is invited to celebrate with the winners and their families, friends and colleagues.

If you know someone who is under 40 years of age and making the community a better place through business, volunteer and other efforts, please let us know by entering a ballot. Nominations are accepted via U.S. mail, email and online at eagletribune.com. Entry forms are available in the newspaper and on the website.

Merrimack Valley walkers raise $920,000 for Lowell General

Lowell — Lowell General Hospital’s 14th annual TeamWalk for CancerCare held in May raised a record-breaking $920,000 to provide services and support for local cancer patients and their families.

The Merrimack Valley’s largest single-day fundraising event brought more than 5,000 walkers, volunteers, and supporters to the Tsongas Center on a beautiful Sunday morning. Many participants donned T-shirts for loved ones as they walked the 3-mile or 6-mile route through historic downtown Lowell and its river ways.

“I’m incredibly impressed by the number of people that come out for TeamWalk every year,” said Norm Deschene, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowell General Hospital. “The fact that the event continues to grow and we set another fund raising record in the face of other overwhelming needs such as the One Fund Boston shows just how deeply our community cares for family, friends, and neighbors undergoing cancer treatments. I’m deeply humbled by the commitment of our supporters and the many moving stories about how Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Center has helped families cope with cancer.”

All funds raised directly support patients at the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital and those fighting cancer throughout the Merrimack Valley. The generosity of contributions to TeamWalk provide transportation to and from treatments, support groups and services, wigs, select medication for those in need, and many health and wellness programs.

This year’s event was once again hosted by Haverhill native Matt Noyes, chief meteorologist at NECN and Lori Grande, co-host of the JW & Lori Morning Show on Country 102.5 WKLB. Rene Rancourt of the Boston Bruins performed the National Anthem during opening ceremonies accompanied by the Color Guard from Lowell High School.

“I could not be happier or more proud of the efforts made by everyone involved with this event,” said Kevin Campbell who served as volunteer chair. “Having lost my wife to cancer I know first-hand how important it is to have support. The funds raised at TeamWalk provide patients and their loved ones with hope while battling the disease. To know that some of the day-to-day services they need are being underwritten by this event is a big relief for many families.”

Since the walk began in 2000, more than $6 million has been raised to provide assistance to well over 18,000 people in the community. The difference this event makes directly impacts others — enhancing the likelihood of completing treatment, connecting patients and families to resources, and improving quality of life at each step along the way.

The total amount raised by TeamWalk 2013 continues to grow as donations are still being accepted. Remaining checks may be hand-carried or mailed to TeamWalk for CancerCare, c/o Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854 or donations by credit card may be made online at www.teamwalk.org.