APDers Promote Cancer Awareness


Two employees at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) led initiatives last month aimed at promoting cancer awareness in the Upper Valley.

Lynne Butler, a cancer survivor and Human Resources Compensation & Systems Analyst at APD, organized more than 20 teams and 200 participants in the first annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Upper Valley.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walk to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.  People of all ages, including cancer survivors, participate in the walk.  The American Cancer Society uses the walk to raise the invaluable funds needed for research and patient service programs for breast cancer patients and their families, as well as to spread awareness regarding breast cancer prevention and early detection. The Upper Valley walk was held at Storrs Pond in Hanover, NH, and raised nearly $24,000 for this cause.

“I was delighted and humbled by the support we received to support the fight against breast cancer,” said Butler. “The compassion and commitment of our participants is inspiring,” she said.

In addition, Sonja Blair, a Customer Support and Provider Support Representative in the Women’s Care Center at APD, organized APD providers and staff to participate for the tenth year in a row in the national Lee Denim Day on October 2, 2015.  The event encourages providers and staff at APD to wear denim and contribute to the American Cancer Society to support cancer research; free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer; and to help people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk. APDers have contributed nearly $7,500 to the American Cancer Society through their participation in Lee National Denim Day, including nearly $1,000 this year.

“It’s a fun event with a purpose,” said Blair. “We get to dress a bit differently, talk to our patients about this important issue, and help to support efforts to combat this challenging disease,” she said.