EXETER — May is Exeter Hospital’s Kites Against Cancer Month, and the public is invited to several events planned in the coming months.

Now in its 17th year, Kites Against Cancer was created by Anne-Marie Viviano, a former Exeter Hospital cancer patient who had a vision to fill the sky with kites as a sign of hope and support of other cancer patients and their loved ones. Anne-Marie also launched The Beyond the Rainbow Fund, which assists families with expenses and wellness therapies during cancer treatments.

“Kites Against Cancer Month is such a special time for our community to come together in a variety of celebratory events to honor and remember loved ones who are affected by cancer,” said Eileen McDonald, senior director of The Center for Cancer Care. “While fundraising is important, so is creating memorable ways to celebrate life and moments of remembrance.”

Kites at the Beach will kick things off on Sun., May 16, from 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., behind the pavilion at Hampton Beach. The community is invited to honor and remember loved ones affected by cancer by letting their kites fly high. Bring a kite or purchase one at many local retailers throughout the Seacoast, or at the beach on the day of the event.

The season’s signature event, Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration, will be held on Sun., June 13, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Stratham Hill Park. This event will be rain or shine. All Seacoast-area cancer survivors, their families, friends, and other community members are invited to spend the afternoon at the park with live music, local food trucks, and other activities. This event is free and open to the public.

Several other Kites Against Cancer community-based events are being planned. More information can be found at www.unitedinwellness.org or on the Kites Against Cancer Facebook page.

Proceeds from Kites Against Cancer Season benefit The Beyond the Rainbow Fund, helping Exeter Hospital cancer patients in need.

All events will follow COVID-19 protocol, including social distancing guidelines and masks.

 

 

 

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