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Daigle Oil Company Donates to the PVH Cancer Support Group
Arlene Parker from Passadumkeag is the winner of $1,000 worth of heating fuel thanks to a fundraising raffle coordinated by the Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary to benefit the PVH Cancer Support Group. Parker is also a member of the hospital’s Auxiliary group of volunteers.
Daigle Oil Company donated the heating fuel prize to the Auxiliary and both the DOC Heating Center and DOC’s Place location in Lincoln helped sell tickets on behalf of the charity.
Chris Gulesian, Daigle Oil Company Division Manger, explains that the company was more than eager to support the event, particularly because he is a cancer survivor too. Gulesian adds, “In December of 2010, DOC began promoting cancer and breast cancer education and awareness in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties. Our pink propane truck debuted in June of 2010, obviously turning heads. Although the truck doesn’t make it south to this area, we are still big cancer advocates supporting charities like the PVH Auxiliary, Relay for Life, local Rally for the Cure Teams and last year, our DOC team raised the most funds at the Bangor Race for the Cure. We had fun helping out the Auxiliary with the hopes that our efforts do make a difference.”
Daigle Oil Company and the PVH Auxiliary raised $957 in ticket sales for their heating oil raffle. All of the funds will go toward the PVH Cancer Support Group.
The PVH Cancer Support Group got its start in early 2011 when local Physician Assistant and cancer survivor Bill Head recognized the need in our community. “A cancer diagnosis is often life changing and can leave a person feeling overwhelmed, vulnerable and alone. When I was diagnosed, the only support groups were in Bangor, and I was rarely able to attend. I started the PVH Cancer Support Group as a local place of comfort where people can discuss their fears and concerns about cancer. We often share information on finances, transportation, cancer centers and occasionally host guest speakers,” states Head.
According to Head, the support group plans to use the funds donated by Daigle Oil Company to help its members pay for transportation to treatment centers or to help fund other cancer-related expenses. “This partnership with Daigle Oil Company was our group’s first fundraising effort. We are very appreciative of the Auxiliary and DOC for assisting us with this cause. The group looks forward to the opportunity to assist our members and help ease the financial burden that often goes along with cancer treatments,” adds Head.
The PVH Cancer Support Group is open to those with cancer, survivors, caregivers and family members. They meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Penobscot Valley Hospital from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The group also runs a cancer support hotline (207) 794-7149 where you may call with questions.
Photo caption: The Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary poses with Chris Gulesian, Division Manager with Daigle Oil Company (middle row, center) and raffle winner Arlene Parker. (Middle row, left) Bill Head, PA-C accepts a $957 check from Nancy Shannon, Auxiliary president to benefit the PVH Cancer Support Group.