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May 28, 2013

Saranac native participates in Boston fundraiser

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“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do since moving to Boston,” she said of the event.

“This fundraiser was specifically used to help women who don’t have the monetary means to treat their cancer here in Boston.

“It was definitely very amazing.”

FIREFIGHTERS CHEERED

Organizers for the Avon Foundation fundraiser took into account the bombings at the Boston Marathon in April that left three people dead and hundreds injured from the blasts.

“This year, they changed the route so we would purposely cross Boylston Street (near the finish line where the bombings occurred),” she said.

“We passed the fire station (closest to that spot), and the firefighters were out cheering us on,” she added. “They were the ones who were greatly impacted a month ago, the ones who were kind of making a difference (in bringing aid to the wounded).

“To see them take the time to cheer us on, that was really amazing.”

BOSTON STRONG

That kind of support was repeated throughout the route, she added. Many who had come out to offer their support to the walkers were wearing “Boston Strong” T-shirts in response to the collective solidarity the city has shown since the fatal terrorist attack.  

Durocher and her teammates met their goal of $1,830, and the overall event raised more than $4 million.

Her parents, Nancy and Terry Durocher, traveled from the North Country to Boston to lend their support to their daughter and her continued efforts to help others in need.

Email Jeff Meyers:jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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