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The North Providence Breeze 07-08-2020

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE JULY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – The task of outraising all other contestants in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's 2020 Man and Woman of the Year competition grew exponentially more difficult when the pandemic hit a month into it, in March. Richard Laboissonniere, a North Providence resident and eventual winner of the Man of the Year hon- ors, said the cancellation of numer- ous fundraising events, including bingo, comedy and battles of the bands, threw a huge wrinkle into his plans to raise money following the nomination of teams in February, but he was still able to raise near- ly $6,000 toward the effort. Laboissonniere, an electrician by trade, was ecstatic to learn of his win two weeks ago, saying it meant so much to him to be able to represent the organiza- tion. "This is a great organization, it's fantastic," he said. His parents, Brenda and Richard, also of North Providence, said they were so proud of their son. Brenda said the cause has been very person- al to her son since he became a bone marrow donor following the death of a young person in the family's church, St. Thomas in Providence. Laboissonniere would later learn that his marrow donation saved the life of a girl in Arkansas. He was able to learn the identity of that girl, who graduated this year, and they now stay in touch on social media. Everyone involved in this year's fundraising efforts worked very hard, said Brenda. The LLS Man and Woman of the Year awards go to the man and woman who raise the most money for the organization, with money going toward cancer research. The LLS has contributed some $1.3 bil- lion toward cancer research since 1949. This year's LLS Woman of the Year winner is Elizabeth DeLaitsch. With events canceled, Laboissionniere said he ended up doing a lot of cold calling seeking donations from individuals and busi- nesses. He also ran fundraisers on social media. The amount he raised wasn't nearly what he would have liked to see, nor was the nearly $150,000 raised by Rhode Island nominees as a group, he said. Parents of cancer patients on a June 20 Zoom announcement event thanked participants for raising money under incredibly difficult cir- cumstances. Laboissionniere noted that nearly every organization is struggling to raise money during the pandemic, but the need is just as great as ever. People are still being diagnosed and they're still dying, he said, and any amount donated makes a differ- ence. Make a donation to the LLS at . North Providence's Laboissonniere is LLS Man of the Year By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor LABOISSONNIERE Children, teens and adults invited to sign up for summer reading program NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Union Free Library's summer reading program Imagine Your Story will begin next Monday, July 13, and will run for six weeks until Aug. 28. The library is using a new online program called Beanstack, available at, and there is also an app to download on one's phone to help log reading. There are three programs, two for children and one for teens and adults. The more people read, the more chances they have to win prize packs. There are three themed prizes for children, including dragons, unicorns and llamas. There are also three prizes for teens and adults, including yoga, gardening and a beach-themed prize. The library will offer updates on its Facebook pages. The North Providence Library is offering curbside pickup now through the library's reopening. Any patron may fill out the form at , Facebook, or call the Reference Department to request up to six items per week includ- ing books, DVDs, audiobooks, and magazines. A library card is required. If someone does not have a library card, they may apply for one online at . Once the materials request form is received, staff will gather requested items and call the patron to come and pick them up. "We are working with limited staff and hours, so please be patient as we fill requests," states a release. The book drop is now open, so residents may return materials there. The physical building is still closed, so items will not accrue fines and will not technically be due until the library reopens. Call and leave a message with any questions at 401- 353-5600. Calls will be returned as quickly as possible. The library welcomes new users. A library card will grant the user access to statewide digital resources includ- ing ebooks and digital audiobooks in the eZone, among others. Dr. Mona Aoude Klibanoff Now accepting New Patients 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Dr. Klibanoff specializes in primary eye care including comprehensive eye exams, treatment of ocular diseases, glasses and contact lens service, and the pre and post operative management of cataract and LASIK surgery patients. Weeknight and Saturday Appointments Available

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