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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-05-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 LETTER 19 Team Evan's Crew offers thanks for Pan-Mass help Local eye doctor helped speed cancer treatment Did Woonsocket forget Dodgers' Clem Labine? A big thank you to all who sup- ported Evan's Crew in our 6th Pan-Mass Challenge ride in August. We are humbled and appreciative of your generosity. Your support motivated us throughout our miles of training and during the 163-mile event. We ride in memory of Evan Mandeville; our son, nephew, cous- in, and friend. He was 11-years-old when he passed away from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a year after diagnosis. To date, Evan's Crew has raised $770,321 for DIPG research at Dana Farber. When you attended or participated in; Reviver Challenge Obstacle Course, Mud Dodgeball, Wise Guy Trivia, Saver's Clothing Drive, the Fagan Door sponsored Pell Bridge Run and fun bus or pur- chased Evan's Crew gear provided by Impact Custom Apparel, you helped fund research for this under- funded pediatric cancer. We offer a special thank-you to our local spon- sors whose names appeared on the back of our team jersey. There were zero treatment options for Evan when he was diagnosed. The only hope he had was to take part in a clinical research trial. One hundred percent of donations are used to fund DIPG research at Dana-Farber. Please visit evanscrew.org to learn more. TEAM EVAN'S CREW: AIMEE AND TIMOTHY MANDEVILLE, ANDREE AND JAY BROCHU, MARIE AND ARTHUR EDDY, AUDREY AND JASEN CROZIER, LAURA LABASH, SARA MCENTEE, PAUL CARLSON, DEB COHEN, SAM BRADNER, JEFF RICHARDS, DOUGLAS KALLFELZ, ALISON BROCHU AND JUSTIN BAKER There's a relatively new eye doctor in town, (and I think) he's fabulous. His name is Dr. Michael Santos and he joined his father's Cumberland Family Eye Care practice about a year ago after finishing his optom- etry program. Due to his attention to detail, he helped diagnose a brain tumor in me that needed to be addressed immediately. I have Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer and recently started experi- encing extreme headaches and eye pain with peripheral vision. I reported this over a three-week period to my oncology team at Dana Farber who told me it may be due to the medi- cine and treatments I was on and to watch and wait while taking care of the pain with pain meds. Dana Farber suggested I see my local optometrist and so I contacted Dr. Santos' office who got me in for an emergency appointment the next day. He ran a number of tests which were fairly inconclusive but he felt there was swelling in my brain that must be further examined by imag- ing. He strongly suggested that the Dana Farber move my scans up ASAP which were not due for several more weeks later. Upon Dr. Santos' advice Dana Farber was able to schedule me stat MRIs of brain and back, and torso, neck CT scans. Scans confirmed the cancer has spread to my brain and I have already started radiation this week in attempts to stop the growth. I want to thank Dr. Santos for being on top of his game and listening to his gut feeling even when the eye exam data was inconclusive that I was having a major brain issue. I look forward to see Dr. Santos' career progress as he helps more people in the community like me. HEATHER SMITH Lincoln In response to a recent column by Tom Ward, I have a Clem Labine story for you. I was born in Brooklyn, and the "Boys of Summer" were my boy- hood heroes. My family moved to Kingston, Penn. when I was 7 and I met Dave S. who also was born Brooklyn. We became lifelong friends. Many summer nights we spent sitting on his roof listening to Red Barber's broadcasts of Dodger games on WMGM. It was possible only at night when AM radio car- ried long distances. Dave had a theory about the Bobby Thomson home run that beat the Dodgers in the 1951 play- off game with the Giants. Chuck Dressen, the Dodger manager, called in Ralph Branca to pitch to Thomson. Dave thought he should have called in Labine who had an old fractured finger that healed at a slight angle. Dave thought that this gave him a sharper breaking curve that would have been more effec- tive that day against Thomson. Dave came to Rhode Island for a visit about 15 years ago and announced that he wanted to go to Woonsocket to meet Clem Labine. So we piled into the car and went up Route 146. One of the first things we saw in Woonsocket was "Clem Labine Field." Dave got excited. We stopped everyone we saw and asked if they could tell us where we would find him. "Who?" was the universal response. We went to the police sta- tion and got the same answer. The desk sergeant suggested we go to the diner "where the old fellas meet once a week…they might know." The waitress who also did not know who that field was name for prom- ised to "ask around" the next week and call me. I'm sure she really meant to, but I never got a call and did not follow up. Years later I found out that he had moved to Florida. It's a shame that running the bases of Clem Labine Field a batter would not know the field is named for an old Dodger pitcher who had a nasty curve that could strike you out. ROBERT PEARLMAN North Scituate Editor's Note: It's too bad Mr. Pearlman didn't ask "old-timers" at newspa- pers, like our own, now retired, Paul "Duke" Dubois, who also worked many years at The Call. Clem Labine lived out his years not only in Florida, but Cumberland, at Maplewoods condos. Perhaps the City of Woonsocket would consider creation of the same weath- erproof mural for Clem Labine Field, inside Bernon Park, as was so beauti- fully made for the new Nap Lajoie Field at World War II Park. Here's an addition to our November Birthday Club. NOV. 8 David Deacon, Happy Birthday, Grampa! Love, Jake and Maddy. THE BIRTHDAY CLUB Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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