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Giving back in memory of uncle
Kenzie and Kianna, sisters, are seen here with photographic memories of their uncle Bill Bisson, who passed of cancer in December of 2012. The girls, along with their brother, Dylan, and mom, Heather, will be volunteering their time and participating in the 10K walk at the 4th Annual Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston this weekend. (Times photo by Cherri Crockett)
PERU- Kenzie, 15, and Kianna, 6, both share fond memories of their uncle Bill and are looking forward to giving back in his memory during this weekend’s 4th Annual Dempsey Challenge being held in Lewiston.
“With so much going on we were only going to volunteer our time,” stated mom, Heather. “But, then last week when they contacted me for volunteering, I just had a feeling come over me like we needed to do the walk. So, it will be our first 10K, it should be fun.”
Long before uncle Bill was diagnosed with cancer his “beauties” knew they were close in his heart and special in his life.
“Uncle took me out to eat at McDonald’s and he taught me how to whistle and fish,” stated Kianna.
“He taught me how to throw a football the right way,” stated Kenzie. “He really liked the Patriots and always brought us hunting and fishing. He was really good to us.”
While Bill was ill, Heather was able to make contact with the Dempsey Center and found programs her girls could participate in.
“I was happy that they offered so much. The girls got to make memory bags, learned about Pennies from Heaven and now they get to participate in Positive Tracks with the challenge.”
Through Positive Tracks, children and young adults under 23 years of age are not required to raise a specific amount of money to participate in the challenge. Whatever funds they do happen to raise is matched, actually doubled by the program and donated to the Dempsey Center.
When asked why she wanted to participate in the challenge, Kenzie stated, “It’s a way for us to say thank you to the center for all they did for uncle while he was sick and for helping us get through it, too.”
If you would like to help Kenzie, Kianna and Dylan raise money to benefit the Dempsey Center, please mail your checks payable to The Dempsey Challenge and mail them to Heather Finnegan, 170 Valley Rd., Peru, Maine 04290, and on the memo line write Bill’s Strawberry Beauties.