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Memorial event supports Backus Cancer Fund

May 30, 2013

Last July, our community lost a beloved friend and business owner — John Bellavance of Moosup.

For the last year of his life, Mr. Bellavance spent many days being treated by oncology physicians, nurses and staff at Backus. He was proud of the care he received here and often questioned how families make it through such tough times, both mentally and financially.

In his honor, Mr. Bellavance’s friends and family have come together to form the Jolly John’s “Keep You Truckin’” Fund here at Backus. All of the fund’s proceeds will benefit families who have

been given a cancer diagnosis. To celebrate Mr. Bellavance’s life and his mission to help others, the inaugural “Birthday Celebration” fundraiser has been organized for June 15, from 6 to 11 p.m. at Dexter’s Landscaping and Masonry Showroom on 51 Westcott Road in Danielson.

Fine food will be served by J.D. Coopers Restaurant and a cash bar will be available all evening. Entertainment will be provided by Bruce Jacques, “The One Man Rock and Roll Sing-A-Long Comedy Show.” Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds will benefit the special memorial

fund at Backus. To purchase tickets, stop by the gift shop or contact Gen Schies, Director for

the Office of Philanthropy and Development, at ext. 6331. For more information, visit

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