For any family, having a member who is being treated for cancer is always difficult, but never more so than during the holiday season. The financial fallout of cancer treatment might hinder a family from offering some sort of normalcy to their celebration. Due to the generosity of so many, we are now able to make a difference this holiday season. Thank you to all who participated in our Toys and Treats Fundraisers.
Congratulations to Cassandra Thorton -- the winner of our Celtics-Miami Heat Heineken Board Room tickets. This amazing raffle would not have been possible without the kind consideration of Friend of Amy's Treat, Bill Mergendahl at Professional Ambulance who donated the tickets. Amy's Treat and those who benefit from it owe a world of gratitude to Bill, Keri and Liz for all they do to help fuel our mission.
Chef Evan Hennessy (L) with Amy's Treat Board Treasurer and Guest Chef Michael Meserve in the kitchen of the sold-out event at Stages @ One Washington
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Chef Hennessey and his staff put on an incredible feast and couldn't have more welcoming. Amy's Treat looks forward to making this unique seasonal dinner an annual event. If you haven't experienced what it is to dine at Stages @ One Washington, please visit their web-site and book out a table. You will be wowed.
Organizer Bryce Aldrich (center) stands with his family following the 2nd annual Bryce Aldrich Cancer Awareness Hockey Scrimmage Fundraiser between the Somersworth Coe-Brown Bearcats and Noble Wells. Although one team did end up scoring more goals than the other, the real victor of the evening will be the Amy's Treat programs benefitting because of this inspirational challenge.
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Congratulations to Jack Buckley of Dover who won the Apple Harvest Raffle of The Freezeman Family. Proceeds from the Raffle will be used to benefit Amy's Treat's maintenance of Lorraine's Corner. Thank you to all who participated and to Amy's Treat volunteer Steve Goren for making it all possible.
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We are delighted to announce that the RITE AID Foundation has awarded Amy's Treat in 2012 with a TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR grant given in the form of $25.00 gift cards to benefit a program we call our "Road to Comfort".
The gift cards, which can be used at any RITE AID store, will be given to cancer patients of the Seacoast Cancer Center to help defray the cost of purchasing prescriptions, co-pays or over-the-counter health aids. Thank you Rite Aid!
The TJX Foundation has awarded Amy's Treat "Road to Comfort" program a FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR grant paid out in $100.00 gift cards which will allow our patients who struggle financially to purchase critical items of need through their TJ Max and Marshall stores. Thank you TJX!
The Hannaford Foundation recently awarded Amy's Treat $2,500.00 in gift cards to help us better serve our patients who struggle financially to put food on their table while undergoing treatment. It is this kind of community support that makes a difficult journey a less stressful one. We thank Bob Schools and Hannaford for making this possible.
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Every month, Amy's Treat surprises cancer patients at their door with beautiful flowers simply to brighten their day. We call this program Cecile's Blooms, in honor of our loving friend, Cecile, a long-time cancer patient and a founding board member of Amy's Treat who was responsible for creating it.
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We'd like to thank all of the area businesses—large and small—who have so generously donated their services and products that Amy's Treat has been able to extend to those in the community that are battling cancer.
See our growing list of sponsors who are making a difference
All of us at Amy’s Treat, along with the staff of the Seacoast Cancer Center and the patients and their loved ones that will benefit, would like to offer a great big THANK YOU to our very good friends at Eagle Storage (eaglestorage.net) and The American Legion Riders/Rollinsford Post 47 for their fundraising efforts on our behalf. Liz and her crew at Eagle Storage, including their many sponsors, and Dan and his volunteers and riders at Post 47 went above and beyond. Their kindness and consideration, and the funds raised as a result, will go a long way in allowing us to fulfill our mission.
On Thursday, July 24th, we’ll be sending more than 150 patients, loved ones and caregivers to an evening at Prescott Park to enjoy the summer offering of Shrek. Every one of them will be treated to dinner from the new concession stand and many will be transported to and from the park via a Seacoast Trolley. This event, and others like it, is only made possible because of people like Liz and Dan as well as all those wonderful volunteers and participants that joined with them in making both events such a tremendous success.
As a local, all-volunteer non-profit, we are only as good and effective as those that support us. We couldn’t have been in better hands than with Eagle Storage and the amazing riders from the Rollinsford American Legion Post 47.
Eagle Storage Fundraisign Video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152445668480851&fref=nf
|THANK YOU for making our 7th annual Amy in Bloom such a
wonderful success. The thoughtful generosity of our many
auction item donors, our auction bidders and goers and our
amazing volunteers make possible the mission of Amy’s Treat.
We couldn’t do it without you.
Rachel O’Neill, Executive Director
We offer need based solutions and special outings to individuals whose life has been altered by cancer. Items might include everything from gas cards to dentures to seats at a Patriots game and just about everything in between because while cancer is not unique, those who battle it are. Request for aid is made through the people that are actively involved in a patient's treatment, the medical personnel who work with them. Amy's Treat remains an all-volunteer non-profit.
"Your organization has brought a ray of sunshine into my cancer journey."
"I can't say enough good things about you guys. I love everything you do for me and other families out there. You guys ROCK!"
"Your generosity overwhelmed me during a recent visit to the Seacoast Cancer Center. I'm so grateful for the gift cards I was given to purchase medicine and items of need."
Amy's Treat Recipients
"Dear Amy's Treat,
We had such a wonderful night! Those seats were amazing. The kids loved it. That place has a great energy. Thanks for making it happen."
On May 2nd, David, with the help of Amy's Treat, checked "Driving a Race Car" off his bucket list when he took 8 laps around the track at New England Motor Speedway in Loudon.
Participants from the Seacoast Cancer Center, along with friends and family members, enjoyed two beautiful days fly-fishing over the weekends of October 5th and 19th on the Cocheco River thanks to the combined efforts of Amy’s Treat and Great Bay Trout Unlimited. A special thank you goes out to the many excellent volunteer casting instructors and guides who accompanied each of the participants into the water.
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On Sunday, July 28th, The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation hosted a number of patients from the Seacoast Cancer Center and their guests to a Patriots Training Camp. Following the practice and much to the thrill of our participants, Tom Brady and company stopped over to sign autographs.
According to Christine Shoukimas, MSI Executive Assistant and HR Administrator and who oversees Amy’s Elves for MSI, First place was awarded to Jerry Manchester, second place was Erin Bourque and third place was Cortney Stanley.
Amy’s Elves are local businesses and their participating employees who come together over several months of planned giving in order to adopt cancer families in need in time for the holidays. Their program can begin at any time during a calendar year, but always ends on November 30th of that calendar. The funds raised during this period of planned giving is made available through Amy’s Treat ™ to the staff of the Seacoast Cancer Center to be distributed to patients in need in order for them to experience a more joyful holiday. For more information contact Steve Goren @ 603-742-0777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On a sun splashed Sunday in April, Amy's Treat supporters and recipients shared the stage at Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth for our 6th annual Amy in Bloom Auction Fundraiser. Thanks to Benefits Auctioneer Kathy Kingston and our generous supporters, the bidding was fast and furious and when the final “SOLD!!" rang out, Amy's Treat and the people we work hard to benefit had a very good day. Thank you to all those who donated amazing and hotly sought after auction items, our sponsors, Cathryn Norris for her lovely music and of course – all those that came out and dug deep and bid high so that another's journey could be made kinder.
Congratulations to Bryce Aldrich. He is the first recipient of our Cecile Dubois Community MVP Award for his 2012 & 2013 Cancer Awareness Hockey Scrimmage between the high schools of Noble Wells and The Somersworth Coe Brown Bearcats that has raised thousands of dollars for Amy's Treat and its mission.
On March 13th, twenty eight Seacoast Cancer Center patients and caregivers took a delightful trip via Great Bay Limousine bus to enjoy our 2nd annual offering of The Boston Flower Show at the Seaport Trade Center, all courtesy of Respites with Rina, our patient outing program. It was a gorgeous day and AT chaperones Michael and Laura report back that everyone had an ‘amazing time', that lunch at the Legal Seafood Test Kitchen was delicious and that all our guests were so appreciative for this preview of spring. Thank you to Great Bay Limousine for their continued support.
On Friday, December 28th, Amy's Treat arranged for Jamilah to celebrate her 8th birthday with a pizza party for family and friends hosted by and courtesy of Flatbread in Portsmouth. A Great Bay Limousine then whisked Jamilah and her mother (along with friends Noelle and Samantha) to TD Bank Garden to enjoy Disney on Ice. A special treat awaited the group as Food Network's Sweet Genius Pastry Chef Erin Gardner created Princess Birthday Cupcakes for Jamilah and her friends to enjoy during the limo ride to Boston.
Coats, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, socks, pants and shirts.... Louise shops for her young grandchildren in order for them to enjoy a warm and joyous holiday.
The promotions for the Seacoast Repertory Theater's holiday offering of Plaid Tidings proclaims “'Tis the season to LAUGH" and laugh they did as more than 100 happy revelers from Amy's Treat took in this fabulously funny and entertaining show. Our special thanks to Craig Faulkner and his crew at Seacoast Repertory Theater for hosting us in this annual collaboration, to our favorite Santa Claus Chef Gerry Walsh from River House Restaurant for his delicious food, to Pat Fogarty of Fogarty's Bakery for her world famous Whoopie Pies, to Kelly Donohue and Favorite Foods for the warm apple cider, Shaheen Bros. Inc., for many of the fixings and to CJ Buses for providing the “sleighs" that helped to deliver our theater goers in comfort and style.
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"Recently, Timberland lent its support to the Amy's Treat organization by providing a $1,000 shopping spree for a patient named, Patrice. We learned that Patrice was in need of winter clothing for her and her 4 children. In a team effort, we met Lenore from Amy' Treat along with Patrice and her mom at the Timberland store in Stratham. We, along with the 2 lovely Timberland sales associates teamed up and enjoyed helping Patrice and her mom pick out clothing and footwear items for their family to help keep them warm this winter. Within an hour, we had Timberland merchandise stacked taller than Patrice! It was great to see the smile on Patrice's face as we brought out boots, jackets, scarves, and hats. She needn't say any words - her face said it all... It brings me great pleasure to represent Timberland and to partner with an wonderful organization like Amy's Treat, taking part in this very special giving opportunity - Surely a "treat" that renewed the spirit of everyone involved."
Community Engagement Coordinator
Amy's Treat applauds the Timberland Company and offers a special thank you to Andrea Renz, Stacey Garland and Jennifer Willis for their part in making this shopping spree so much fun for Patrice and her mother Colleen.
When nurses learned that their patient Jesse and his girlfriend Emily were planning to marry they sprang into action and contacted Amy's Treat to help make this a very special occasion for them both. Olive Garden in Newington had been the site of their first date and so they wanted it to be the place in which to celebrate their wedding. Maureen and Mistey of Olive Garden, working with Amy's Treat, donated the meal for the entire wedding party. The happy couple arrived in luxury courtesy of Great Bay Limousine and Dover Photographer Ron St. Jean responded with little notice by grabbing his camera to provide the lasting images. Erin and Colleen Pace whipped up a gorgeous cake that was the center piece of the table. It all proves that magic can be had when a community comes together to help make a wish come true.
On October 6th and 20th, Respites with Rina, in partnership with Great Bay Trout Unlimited, held their 3rd annual Fly Fishing with Amy outing that pairs cancer patients and their loved ones with volunteer guides from Great Bay Trout Unlimited (GBTU) for a memorable day of fun and solidarity on the Cocheco River.
Amy's Treat and Great Bay Trout Unlimited would like to thank the volunteer guides and participants as well as the sponsors who helped to make both days possible: Measured Progress, NH Fish and Game, A-1 Environmental, Durham Marketplace, Me & Ollies, The Meat House, Mizuna, Squamscott Beverages, Newfields Country Store, Midway Oil, Great Bay Limousine, Shaheen Bros., First Colebrook Bank, Beth Rhode Campbell of The Masiello Group, Lovin Spoonfull Catering, Dover Starbucks and Black Sheep Design.
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On Monday, September 17th Amy's Treat and The Boston Red Sox surprised patients and employees of the Seacoast Cancer Center with an inspirational visit of the 2004 and 2007 World Series Trophies.
“2004 in particular," said AT Executive Director Rachel O'Neill, “showed us that even faced with what appeared to be insurmountable odds; it is possible to overcome them."
The visit allowed patients and staff an opportunity to have their photos taken with the trophies and a few lucky participants had the chance to hold them.
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“To Amy's Treat,
I have stage 4 cancer and going downhill slowly. I tell you this so that you understand that my words are truth and not social etiquette. I have lived a simple life having five daughters and caring for them all that I can. I have never had power toys, travel or special events in my life just children. These Amy's treats are really special to me. I have never in life done any of the treats that Amy's treats have given me......”
During Amy's time in treatment, she loved frozen yogurt and so the volunteers at Amy's Treat decided what better way to celebrate Amy's August birthday but by turning the waiting room of The Seacoast Cancer Center into a frozen yogurt shop. Representatives from Stone Cold Creamery of Amherst, NH scooped out 200 cups of vanilla and chocolate yogurt while patients, family, friends and staff added their own special toppings. Amy would have celebrated her fifty-second birthday on August 9th.
Thank you to board member Laura Kelly and to Stone Cold Creamery for making this sweet treat possible.
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Brandi Carlile Concert with dinner at Jerry Remy's and a door to door Limo ride for Shana and her friends!
A trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Judy and Lisa.
On July 26th, Amy's Treat celebrated its 2nd annual Respites with Rina at Prescott Park by treating more than 125 patients, their families, friends and caregivers to a nicely attended showing of Willy Wonka. All gathered under threatening skies (which kept many of the 260 registered participants at home) to take in Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir in this wonderfully staged musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
To aid in getting patients to the park, Amy's Treat rented trolleys to transport people back and forth from the Cancer Center while others came on their own. Each participant was given Amy's Treat dollars to enjoy the concessions as well as Lindt Chocolate Bars to search for their own "Golden Ticket."
Special thanks to Board Member Michael Meserve and our friends at Prescott Park and Seacoast Trolley.
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Michelle Sayers enjoyed two special nights out thanks to Amy's Treat and a couple of very generous donors who offered up their season tickets. Realizing a dream to watch the Red Sox and Patriots in person, Michelle shared her memorable night at Gillette with her sister Jessica and with her Dad at Fenway. Amy's Treat also arranged for transportation to and from both stadiums.
Check out a few photographs of others having " a blast " at more Amy's Treat supported outings.
On a perfect sun lit Sunday, more than two hundred people came out to dedicate Lorraine's Corner, the meditative healing garden that Amy's Treat built in memory of community volunteer Lorraine Goren. Lorraine's Corner is a place away from a hospital setting for anyone who seeks hope and reflection and features benches along a stone walkway and plant materials chosen specifically to promote peace, healing and meditation. As part of the landscape design by Bernadette Norton, the remnants of old granite well has been capped with a beautiful cast iron box affixed with a dragon fly that will allow visitors to drop notes of wishes into the well.Click here to see the garden being created.
“Dear Amy's Treat,
This gift is in memory of my beloved husband, Dave. Only once during his entire illness did I see him overcome with emotion. That was when he opened the card containing Amy's Treat gifts. The power of kindness was overwhelming. It is my hope that through his spirit others will be touched in this heartfelt way.”
With Love & Gratitude,
Twenty-seven patients, family and friends were treated to a day roaming around this grand old Boston tradition at the Seaport World Trade Center on Thursday, March 15. It was a fantastic place to discover early spring gardens in full bloom after the teasingly unseasonably warm winter weather we have enjoyed. A great chartered bus ride from Dover to Boston generated much camaraderie and connecting. After roaming around the beautiful gardens and exhibits, participants enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Legal Seafood Test Kitchen across the street courtesy of Amy's Treat. Their staff was amazing and that experience was the crowning glory of the day. Many thanks to the stellar service that Great Bay Limo gave us, as always, as well as the Paragon Group who runs the Boston Flower Show. Their donation of tickets as well as their commitment to community is outstanding. It was truly a memorable day.
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Dear Amy's Treat,I'd like to express my heartfelt thanks to Amy's Treat and all of the folks at the Seacoast Cancer Center. It's been over three years now since my last treatment...my health is good, and I feel blessed.
Just prior to my first treatment in 2008, Amy's Treat made possible for one of my daughters, Talia and I to attend a Celtic-Pistons playoff game in Boston.
It's difficult to break the news to your child upon being diagnosed... I found it personally painful no matter what age they are to burden them with such thoughts.
Thank you for letting us spend this special time together. I wanted you to have this photograph from that night.
"While Timberland's giving focus is generally on outdoor organizations, we've had the privilege to make a small difference in the Seacoast by partnering with Amy's Treat. This year, we heard about a patient named Jessica for whom warm winter boots and clothing would be a treat. As Jessica's energy levels are low these days, we met with her parents and took them on a little shopping spree through our company store. I watched her mother's eyes fill with tears as I told her we could spend up to $1,000 on retail items. She couldn't believe what a difference this would make to Jessica. We picked out a jacket, boots, socks, scarves, gloves, and hats that will keep Jessica warm as she continues her treatment and faces the cold winter ahead. As we rung up the items, Jessica's mother gave me the longest hug I've received in a while. I know all of us at Timberland who have been involved with Amy's Treat feel blessed to offer even some small assistance to our neighbors in the Seacoast community. "
Community Engagement Coordinator
Scrooge and Marley welcomed more than 200 participants from Amy's Treat and The NH Chapter of the Starlight Children's Foundation for a spirited and magical night of theater, food and community on Sunday, December 4th as the Seacoast Repertory Theater hosted the non-profits for a private showing of their wonderful rendition of A Christmas Carol. Many, many thanks to Craig Faulkner, Carol Bridges and the talented actors and crew from Seacoast Rep, to the Labrie Family of The River House Restaurant who kindly donated the incredible food and Chef Gerry Walsh for pulling it all together so nicely, to Jim Jalbert, Jamie Lesniak and their superb drivers from C&J who transported many of our theater goers to and from the event in style and comfort and to Kelly Donohue and Favorite Foods for platters of desserts that helped to cap off a perfectly memorable evening.
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FROM CECILE DUBOIS - In 2007, my treatment was failing me and my morale was not at its peak. In December of that year, I picked up my mail and among it was an envelope from an organization that was new to me - Amy's Treat. I opened it and to my surprise inside was a gift certificate to a restaurant in Portsmouth - The Black Trumpet. I cried, I smiled, and I cried some more and then I decided I wanted to know more about this group who cared about putting a smile on the face of a cancer patient.
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FROM CAREN PELOSO - I've always heard a lot about Amy — I wish that I had been given a chance to meet her. I have had the opportunity to meet her daughter and best friend and partner Lenore, as well as being blessed with being treated by the same Oncologist — Dr. Barbara Shea-Civiello. Amy's Treat has become for me, a passion.
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FROM GENE JACQUES - Amy's Treat has eliminated the stress and anxiety of finding a ride and made my preparation and trips to Mass General Hospital (MGH) more relaxing. It has allowed me to concentrate on getting well instead of worrying how I'm going to make the next trip.
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FROM LORRAINE QUIMBLY'S HUSBAND - Dear Amy's Treat – As the husband of a former Seacoast Cancer Center patient (my beautiful wife Lorraine Quimbly passed away on October 22, 2009 from pancreatic cancer). Your organization was so generous to Lorraine while she was going through her chemo treatments.
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