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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 09-05-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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8 WOONSOCKET SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION WOONSOCKET – How far would you go to help cancer patients and their families as they go through treatment? Would you jump into an icy cold pool filled with freezing water and blocks of ice? For Shane Letendre of Woonsocket and his friends, the answer is simple. Last weekend, the group did just that at their 6th annual Plunge for a Cure at his home on Holland Avenue. The annual event has become an end-of- summer tradition and raised close to $4,500 for cancer-related organiza- tions over the years. The event started back in 2014 shortly after Letendre's mother died of cancer. Trying to find a way to cope with the grief, he and his friends decided to do something that would give back to the community. "It had been a little bit of a tough time and I was finally getting back to myself, and the ice bucket chal- lenge started coming around," he explained. Taking their cue from the popular internet sensation that raised aware- ness of ALS, the group decided to create their own version to support cancer patients. Fanning out across local convenience stores, they pur- chased dozens of bags of ice and filled his swimming pool until it was almost overflowing. Then they took the plunge, taking that first jump in honor of Letendre's mom in exchange for donations from friends and family. Since then, they've hosted the event in honor of a different indi- vidual every year and raised money for different cancer-related organiza- tions. This year's funds went to the Dear Jack Foundation, an organiza- tion founded by Letendre's favorite singer, cancer survivor Andrew McMahon. The foundation provides support for adolescents and young adults dealing with cancer. "Within the last few years, we've gone anywhere from I think the first year we did $600, to last year we did $980, and the year before that we were over a grand," he said. "We've probably raised in the $4,500 range so far." Though the subject is serious, he said, the event is anything but. Friends and family gather to watch the occasion and help break apart the 350-pound blocks of ice they've started buying from a commercial Local man raises thousands for cancer patients with backyard plunge By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE SHANE LETENDRE, organizer of the Plunge for A Cure, gets his body accustomed to the icy cold water of his pool. DOROTHY LETENDRE, who lost her daughter to cancer, stands with her grandson, SHANE LETENDRE, whose mother, Darlene Letendre died of cancer. Continues on next page 1081 Social St., Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-597-5911 Furniture Family Discount 401-597-5911 NO CREDIT NEEDED 2PC ashlEy fuRNITuRE sECTIONal 10 Colors - SAME LOW PRICE $ 699.99 **Add the matching Recliner for only $199 when you mention this ad* 401-769-9125 165 Poplar Street Woonsocket, RI 02895 Storage Units available 5x10's 10x10's 10x15's 10x20's DISPOSAL and Store your stuff with Gladu you'll be glad U did! Specializing in 10-15-20-25 yd. Roll-off Containers

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