Team M.A.P. started in honor and in memory of Marc Andre Payette, who passed away from osteosarcoma at 31 years old. Our mother Denise Payette raised 3 kids on her own after losing our father to this disease. This year we are not just walking for all those we have lost or are currently battling. We are walking for Denise, who earlier this year was diagnosed with breast cancer. No matter what she was going through or how tired and sick she was after her treatments. She still dedicated so much time to helping us plan, organize, and run our annual golf tournament raising money for the UMASS Cancer Research. She is truly an inspiration to us all and while she fights this battle, we want her to know, we are all here for her.
The Payette Family has had its share of battles with cancer but this year we have one other local family that we will be walking for and that is Cindy McWalter. Cindy was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer earlier this year. Our golf tournament in June was in part to raise money for Cindy and her family. Unfortunately she was not well enough to attend the event and passed shortly after. We did not know Cindy personally but heard from many how incredible of a woman she was. Please keep her and her family in your hearts as we will.
Please join us this year by supporting us in the UMASS Cancer Walk and donate what ever you can afford. The proceeds from this walk go to help in research and care of people suffering with a cancer diagnosis. Do your part and join us in September!