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Children’s Story Time: Lounge and Listen on the Lawn at North Conway Public Library

no co public library.jpgWith children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.

Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!

For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.


Top 7 Ways to Ski for a Cause in Mt. Washington Valley

Throughout the month of March, there are many opportunities to make a difference on the slopes and trails by participating in the following March events and competitions, all of which support local and national charities and a range of great causes.

  1. Red Parka Challenge Cup Race at Attitash – March 14: The longest running, pro-style giant slalom ski race in the United States, the 41st Annual Red Parka Challenge Cup Race will be held at Attitash on Friday, March 14. This race is a renowned amateur ski race with a unique format that allows competitors to race dual slalom head to head. Proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Ski Program, which gives children throughout Mt. Washington Valley the opportunity to learn to ski. For information and registration forms for the event, visit www.redparkapubchallengecup.com.
  2. Carl Johnson Ski-A-Thon at Great Glen Trails – March 15: Carl Johnson, a great friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. This event is held in his honor, and in his spirit, it’s all about fun! Competitors will ski as many laps as they can on the 5 km course at Great Glen Trails from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, while raising money through pledges. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association, and all racers are encouraged to raise additional funds for the ALS Association. Prizes awarded for the most laps skied and the highest amount pledged, plus an award for the wackiest tights! More information about the event can be found here.
  3. Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore – March 7, 8 & 9: The Hannes Schneider Meister Cup at Cranmore is unlike any ski race in history, combining the best of skiing today with the nostalgia of yesterday while honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Hannes Schneider. Schneider brought his renowned skills to North Conway and Cranmore in 1939. Those participating in the Hannes Schneider Meister Cup help fund the collection and conservation of skiing heritage on display at the New England Ski Museum. The Meister Cup is a Dual GS race open to individuals ages 13 and up. The Dual GS competition will be on Saturday, March 8, with additional events occurring throughout the weekend, including a torch light parade, ice carving contest, silent auction and vintage ski wearing contest. More information can be found here.
  4. Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak – March 2: Join in on the fun at the 12th Annual Hear ME Now Race at Shawnee Peak and support Hear ME Now, a program which helps children and adults with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Put together a team, gather pledges from family and friends, and enjoy a fun day of competition and camaraderie on Sunday, March 2.
  5. AbilityPLUS Ski-A-Thon at Wildcat – March 8This full-day event on Saturday, March 8 includes a ski- and ride-a-thon at Wildcat, family-friendly après ski party, silent auction, games, crafts, raffle prizes and more. Register as an individual or a team, with prizes awarded for the most money raised and the highest number of runs. All the money raised supports AbilityPLUS, a nonprofit organization providing year-round adaptive sports and recreation programs for individuals with all manner of disabilities throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. More information can be found at http://www.abilityplus.org/mwvfundraiser_14.php.
  6. Cynthia’s Challenge at King Pine – March 21 & 22: This 24-hour ski-a-thon will start at King Pine on Friday, March 21 at 4:00 pm, with proceeds benefiting one of King Pine’s own, Cynthia Verrill. Eleven-year old Cynthia is the daughter of Stacie and Kevin Verrill, both of whom work at King Pine. Cynthia was born with a rare disease called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and the goal of Cynthia’s Challenge is to help raise enough money for a service dog to detect seizures before the onset, allowing Cynthia to live life more independently. Skiers can register as teams or four or five, with prizes given away every hour during the event. Registration fees include dinner, breakfast and lunch, 24-hour lift ticket, snacks and beverages, and twenty four hours of fun on the slopes. A flyer for the event can be seen here.
  7. Shawn Smith Ski For Youth Fundraiser at Attitash – March 15 & 16: The fun starts on Saturday, March 15 with a fundraiser at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort with two bands, raffles, silent auction and spin the wheel fun. On Sunday, March 16, the racing begins at Attitash at 11:00 am with categories for racers from 6 to 60+. There will also be face painting, a golf ball throw and an awards ceremony in Ptarmigans Pub. For more information, click here.

The Miranda Center for Diabetes Invites You to a Ribbon Cutting!

You’re invited to the Ribbon Cutting
Celebrating the…
When: Wednesday, November 13th, 12:30pm
3073 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH
The Miranda Center at Memorial Hospital
is located on the 2nd floor of the Bigelow Building,

the white building towards the front of the campus.

An elevator is available for the public.

  • Meet the staff of the Diabetes team
  • Learn more about the Miranda Center
  • Meet the Family of Miranda Leavitt
    after whom the Center is named
  • Members of the Foundation Board of Trustees
    will be in attendance
  • Representatives from Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office will attend to present a letter of recognition
  • Learn about Diabetes Awareness Month (November)

Brenda Leavitt & Scott McKinnon, CEO 

stand in front of the Miranda Center

“Miranda’s story and her commitment to diabetes education are a powerful legacy, one which we will be proud to continue in her honor,” Scott McKinnon, CEO

Miranda Leavitt was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and only 22 when the complications from the disease took her life. The daughter of Brenda and Richard Leavitt of Fryeburg, Maine, Miranda spent her young life as an advocate speaking out on the subject of diabetes.

In 2008, with the help of friends and family, the Leavitts started the non-profit organization, Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund, focused on providing funding for those who need help managing their diabetes and providing a voice for education and advocacy on the subject.

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race raises more than $15k for Coos County Family Health Services

More than $15,000 was raised and just donated to Coos County Family Health Services

Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Pictured in photo:Events Director of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, Kimberly Hoyt, Manager of Community Relations at Northeast Delta Dental, Crystal Carroll and General Manager of the Mt Washington Auto Road Howie Wemyss present a check for $15,000 to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services. These funds were raised during the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

(CCFHS) as a result of  the 2013 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, which took place in June on the Mt Washington Auto Road.  More than 1,300 dedicated runners came together to face the immense challenge of running up the northeast’s highest peak on one of the toughest eight mile courses in the racing world. While it was a day marked by genuine athletic achievement, thanks to Northeast Delta Dental and the Auto Road, the benefits will be felt long into the future in the local community.

“These funds mean the world to our organization and will really help expand the scope of dental services to our patients and community.  It is rare to receive funds to cover dental care for adults, so this will make a huge difference,” noted Adele Woods, CEO of CCFHS.

Coos County Family Health Services serves approximately 15,000 area residents annually. By addressing dental care needs in the clinic rather than in a hospital emergency room it helps defray enormous expenses for patients. This community-based organization provides personalized, comprehensive general and oral healthcare and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Northeast Delta Dental has been the primary sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race since 2001. Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has donated nearly $50,000 to support the CCFHS school-based oral health education program, fluoride rinse, and preventive dental services. The center’s status as the new beneficiary of the race is a reminder of the Auto Road’s and Northeast Delta Dental’s extensive ties to the region, and to the race’s commitment to the well-being of the larger community.

“This is a wonderful event for the participants and the organization it supports. Our sponsorship of this race and support of Coos County Family Health Services is all a part of Northeast Delta Dental’s commitment to oral health and well being of North Country residents. Like the Mt Washington Auto Road, we pride ourselves in being a part of this community and look forward to our collaborative and beneficial efforts in the future,” said Kathleen B. Walker, director of marketing & communications at Northeast Delta Dental.

For more information and complete results of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race visit http://www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. For more information about the Coos County Family Health Services organization visit http://www.coosfamilyhealth.org.



More than 400 residents joined together at the American Cancer Society Making Strides 2013 Strides 113 hiAgainst Breast Cancer® 4 mile walk on Sunday, October 20th to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. This noncompetitive event united the entire community to honor breast cancer survivors, educate people about how to reduce their breast cancer risk or find the disease early and raise funds to end breast cancer. The event and the dollars raised from it help the Society provide free resources and support to the one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer who turn to the Society for help and support. Dollars raised also fund groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat and cure breast cancer, as well as help the Society ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

Seven Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks were held across New Hampshire on Sunday, drawing together thousands of people in the fight against breast cancer.

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites us all to walk together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Kathy Metz, of the American Cancer Society. “We are so thankful for how this community has pulled together to encourage everyone to change the course of breast cancer forever. Making Strides walkers and supporters can be proud that their efforts are helping 2.6 million breast cancer survivors living in the US celebrate another birthday this year.”

Making Strides was an inspirational, uplifting walk through the North Conway Village and Whitaker Woods. Teams of walkers collected pledges for weeks before turning them in at the event. Volunteers can still send in outstanding pledges and even ask new friends to give through the event’s Web site at http://www.makingstrideswalk.org/northconwaynh. Walkers are also encouraged to ask their employers about matching gifts.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting more than 300 communities to fund the fight. This event also supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight breast cancer on all fronts and save lives by helping people stay well by reducing breast cancer risk or finding it early; helping people get well by providing information and support during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research and by fighting back by encouraging lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

The top fundraising team was Bartenders for Better Oncological Options for Breast Care Services, raising over $7,144.  Second highest team was Dunkin’s Dozen at $7,030 and the third highest fundraising team was team Stonehurst Manor, raising $6,874.  The highest individual fundraiser on a team was Heidi Shellmer of team Stonehurst Manor raising $5,136.  The highest fundraiser among the individual walkers was Rebecca Conners raising $2,500.  Lisa Brunelle, Rebecca Connors and Heidi Shellmer reached Pacesetter status raising over $2,500 each.  More than 30 teams and 40 individual walkers participated.   The teams represented area businesses, clubs, and organizations as well as friends and families.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Conway was sponsored by the The Penguin Gallery, Grant’s Shop N Save Supermarket, The Echo Group, Hannaford Supermarkets, Magic 104 FM, Memorial Hospital, WMWV 93.5 PM, WPKQ 103.7FM, 4 Our Kids Recycling, Flatbread Company, Gamwell, Caputo, Siek & Co, CPA’s, Horsefeathers Restaurant, North Country Dental, Northway Bank, Outside TV 16, Valley Originals, Wrobleski Party Rentals, and Zeb’s General Store. Statewide Media Sponsors  WMUR-TV and The Union Leader.

If you would like more information on Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in North Conway call Kathy Metz at American Cancer Society at 603-356-3719 or Kathy.metz@cancer.org about other American Cancer Society breast cancer programs, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit http://www.makingstrideswalk.org/northconwaynh.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Have Your Family Join Bike for Books Next Year!

More than 110 mountain bikers participated in the North Conway Public Library’s Bike for NCPL FallBooks last Saturday and raised over $5,000 for the library’s children’s room! Top fundraisers were Phoebe Grant from Cambridge, MA and Lizzy Duffy from Jackson, NH.

Library Director Andrea Masters said, “Overall we are thrilled with the outcome, both for the library and for the promotion of mountain biking, with 39 first-time participants and almost half the riders coming from outside the Valley.”

bike for books “The Valley has such great mountain biking trails that we are hoping to make it a mountain biking destination eventually,” says Library Director Andrea Masters. “Bike for Books is the perfect way for newcomers and locals to experience this great mountain bike experience in the Valley since it showcases the best trails here for all abilities- and does it with support, great signage and a map for the day,” she adds.

This year, with the help of Eastside Bike Guides, the Library had two great courses mapped out in Whitaker Woods for children and novice bikers. Chris Krug and Molly Savard also built a skills course at the Whitaker Homesite which was a huge hit- with both kids & adults.

“The loop through the Valley for intermediate riders was similar to last year’s and everybody I spoke with was very happy and enjoyed it tremendously,” Masters said. After the ride, participants enjoyed a huge feast with fresh pizza from Elvio’s, hot soup, and lots of desserts from various local businesses and volunteer bakers.

The library is already planning next year’s event. They plan to have Eastside Bike Guides map out and sign the whole course for Bike for Books: the 2- and 5-mile loops in Whitaker Woods, the Valley loop for intermediate riders and they will also add more challenging trails for advanced riders.

For more information about Bike for Books and the North Conway Library, check NorthConwayLibrary.com


Kahuna Laguna Water Park Fundraiser for the Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition

Kahuna Laguna Water Park

The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition (MWVHC) is a Mt. Washington Valley non-profit promoting awareness to the economic importance of workforce housing for sustaining a vibrant local community.

On Sunday, April 7th, the MWV Housing Coalition will be hosting a fundraiser at the Kahuna Laguna Water Park at the Red Jacket Resort from Noon to 6pm.  Bring the family and friends and come splash in the waive pool or slip slide down one of 4 waterslides, all while supporting a great cause.

Tickets are just $20 ($15 off the normal ticket price) and can be purchased at the door the day of the event or reserved in advance by emailing mwvhcevents@gmail.com

The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition is a private non-profit organization comprised of community volunteers and governed by our board of directors.  Our goal is to increase awareness about the need for and benefit of workforce housing as it relates to the economic sustainability of our local communities.  We partner with business and community leaders to identify and secure appropriate planning and zoning resources, and provide support for developers who are working to provide quality workforce housing.

The MWV Housing Coalition is a not for profit organization supporting affordable housing for all in the Valley. Visit us at http://www.mwvhc-nh.org.

Housing, it’s everybody’s business.

Ski With the Best of Them at the Red Parka Challenge Cup


On March 15, 2013 a major historical event will occur on the slopes of Attitash Ski Area in Bartlett NH.  The 40th Red Parka Challenge Cup Race will take place on the Competition Slope at 9am.

This race began in 1973 as a fun local race and has turned into the top amateur ski race in New England.  With a pair of World Cup starting gates and a pro style bump, this race is unique.  Racers come from all over to race in head to head dual slalom competition.  From former Olympic & US Ski Team racers to the best collegiate racers, this is one of the best competitive races you could ever watch.

It starts off with a two run elimination down to the top 32 racers broken down into A & B Divisions.  Sixteen in each division run head to head for two runs to move into the next elimination round.  By the time the winners in each division have finished, they will have run a total of 10 races on the same course.

The proceeds from this race benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Jr Ski Program.  This allows children from all over the Mt Washington Valley the chance to learn to ski and also provides the equipment to do so.  Over the past 22 years, the Red Parka Challenge Cup Race has donated close to $100,000 to this program. Many of the Challenge Cup racers began their skiing through the Eastern Slope Ski Program, including past Olympic racer Tyler Palmer and many former US Ski Team members.

Some of the highlights of this event are the spectacular crashes that take place at high speeds.  Weather has always played an interesting role in this race – from 70 degree temperatures to raging snowstorms and even fog.  However, the camaraderie of these competitors, even though they are rivals, shines through.  And there is no place better to witness this than at the starting gates or at the jump.  Impromptu barbeques often pop up among the spectators at the jump area.

For some great videos of the race, go to You Tube under Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup Race.  There are a couple that show some vintage footage from the 80’s.  There is also a Red Parka Challenge Cup Facebook page that has photographs & comments by racers.  And for updates on this year’s event go to http://www.redparkapubchallengecup.com.


Ken Cargill joins Memorial Board

Memorial Hospital President and CEO Scott McKinnon(left)  and Board Chair Gene Bergoffen (right) welcome Attorney Ken Cargill (center) to Memorial’s Board of Trustees.  Cargill is a partner at the law office of Cooper Cargill Chant in North Conway, NH.

Ken Cargill has actively supported local charities and communities during the past 25 years  having served on planning boards, as town and school district moderators and as trustee and legal counsel of many local charities.  He presently serves on the Board of Coos County Family Health Services and as a Trustee of the Gibson Woodbury Charitable Foundation.  Ken was recognized this past November as a “Valley Treasure” by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce for his years of service to the community.  Ken is a member of the Carroll County, New Hampshire and Maine State Bar Associations.

For more information on Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH, call

1-603-356-5461 or visit their website at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org.

Register for Seek the Peak and Join the Fun!


Seek the Peak 13

Registration is open for our 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon:
The earlier you register, the more time you’ll have to fundraise, and the more prizes and incentives you’ll earn!

Why Seek the Peak?

Prizes. Everything from hiking boots to an overnight snowcat trip on Mount Washington is up for grabs. We award hundreds of prizes worth thousands of dollars.

Incentives. The harder you fundraise, the more gear you go home with: From our signature Seek the Peak Eastern Mountain Sports Teckwick t-shirt, to backpacks, tents, kayaks, and more.

Good karma. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, so every penny you raise goes directly to support our work.

A great time.
Featuring some of the best above-treeline trekking in the lower 48—and quite possibly the best after party, too—scaling Mount Washington as a participant in Seek the Peak is an incredibly rewarding physical challenge, wrapped up into a two-day party.

So what are you waiting for? Register now and join us July 19-20, 2013 for the nation’s premier hiking event—it’s the most rewarding hike you’ll ever take!

Best regards,

Abby Blackburn
Membership & Events Coordinator

Seek the Peak 13 is presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru, and Vasque
Support these great brands, and you support Mount Washington Observatory!


Mount Washington Observatory
Post Office Box 2310
North Conway, NH 03860
(800) 706-0432



Take An Art Class with the MWV Arts Association

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association

MWVAA Winter 2013 Class Schedule

OPEN HOUSE – Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place

Sunday January 6th, 2013 1-3 pm


Our open house will provide you with details of our winter classes. You will meet the instructors, see demonstrations and get a sneak peek at the courses being offered. Whether you are just a beginner or looking to pick up those paint brushes that you haven’t touched in years, or an experienced artist seeking new challenges, we have something for you. Light refreshments will be provided to our guests.





Nancy White-Cassidy

8 Tuesdays: January 22nd – March 12th, 1pm – 3pm

Class size: 5-8 Adults (beginner to advanced)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Develop an artist’s keen eye for detail by learning how to draw with professional artist/illustrator

Nancy White-Cassidy. Basic to advanced drawing students alike will benefit from this class which will feature in depth exercises to solidify those skills needed to produce exceptional work. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Questions: contact 603-452-5319

Members $160; Non-Members $185




Sharon Soule

6 Wednesdays: January 16th – February 20th, 10am – 12noon

Class Size: 5-8 Adults (beginner with little or no experience)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Do you have limited or no watercolor experience? Come learn the basics of this expressive medium. At the first class, we will discuss materials you will need. Then students will learn and practice basic watercolor techniques and painting principles with a different project each week. Materials list will be provided at the first class.

Members $120; Non-Members $145






Sharon Soule

Saturday, January 26, 9am – 4pm (1 hour for lunch)

Class Size: 4-8 Adults (beginner with some knowledge)

Location: MWVAA Downstairs Gallery at Norcross Place


Sharon Soule has been teaching watercolors to beginners since 2008, and in this workshop, students will follow Sharon step-by-step, applying what was learned in Parts 1 & 2. Observing the instructor, you will draw and paint one still-life and one landscape watercolor painting.

Fee: Members: $60 Non-Members $85




Grant Hacking

Friday, January 25, 10am – 2pm

Class Size: 4-50 Adults (beginner with no experience to advanced)

Location: To Be Announced


Have you wondered how oil painters achieve excitement in their oils? Award-winning, professional painter, Grant Hacking will demonstrate and lead a discussion of his oil painting techniques. You will learn about how he uses them in creating his landscape and wildlife paintings.

Fee: Members: $30 Non-Members $85




Nathan Macomber

Saturday, February 2 (or Feb. 9, or 16, or 23rd), 9am- 3pm

Class Size: 2-3, aged 12+

Location: Studio @ 480 Eaton Rd., Conway, NH


Want to learn how to blow a glass bubble? Make creative glass art? Then join award-winning, professional glass artist, Nathan and 1-2 students in his studio. You will be introduced to the principles and techniques of glass blowing in this unique, hands-on workshop, conducted by a master.

Fee: Members: $320 Non-Members $345


Winter 2013 Class-Workshop Schedule


MWVAA Class Registration Form


To register, download a registration form and mail to:  MWVAA, P.O. Box 1603, N. Conway, NH 03860 or call the office at 356-2787 (Wed. – Sat. 10-3).




Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer

When Pigs Fly 2012

Young members of team “When Pigs Fly” enjoying their day at the Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s 36th Annual Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer
will take place in North Conway on Sunday, February 10th at Cranmore Mountain Resort.

The Race to Beat Cancer is a fun, memorable experience and a great way to raise money to fight cancer. Participants enjoy a day of fun, exercise, and camaraderie, while honoring someone they love who has been affected by this disease.  Whether you’re a recreational skier, a snowboarder, a downhill racer, a tubing enthusiast, or just want to help in the fight against cancer, you can join this worthwhile event.  Participants gather donations from friends and family and enjoy a fun-filled day on the slopes.  Minimum contribution of $75.00 per participant ($50.00 for those 17 and under) includes a full day lift  or 2- hour tubing pass.  To register  and for more information please go to http://www.cancer.org/racetobeatcancer or call Kathy Metz, American Cancer Society, Community Executive at 603-356-3719 or Kathy.metz@cancer.org.