Thank you from Be The Match

To the Editor:

We would like to thank the Hollis-Brookline community for their support, and the 35 individuals who registered their potential "gift of life" at the Be The Match event held last Tuesday. Be the Match matches healthy life-saving immune systems to patients battling blood cancers.

In addition, we would like to thank the following:

The Hollis Police Department for their enthusiastic support and sponsorship of this fundraiser and their support, during the month of November, of the Multiple Myloma Research Foundation. Specifically, Chief Sartell and Deanna Denman, whose commitment and energy made this event possible; officer Bergeron, who exceeded his fundraising goal for the MMRF; and Lt. Hoebeke, who assisted with this event from start to finish. Our community is blessed to have such an outstanding police department, who not only works tirelessly to keep us safe, but also cares deeply about family and community values.

The many local business in our community who helped make this event possible through donations of raffle items. To Lull Farm for their delicious apple cider and Hollis House of Pizza for their mouth-watering meatball subs that fed hungry returning college students and families alike.

The HBHS InterAct group provided an outstanding group of high school students whose energy and willingness to help were greatly appreciated, we could not have done this without you!

The cancer survivors and stem cell transplant recipients and donors who graced us with their presence all evening. This was an unexpected and moving experience and one we will never forget. These members of our community have battled fiercely for life and because of generous donations and events like this one, they were able to share their stories, inspire others and plan for their future.

And lastly, to the team of Katie Hallett, Merrily Blasi, Eileen Labak, Amy Plante, Beth Lukovits and Brenda Hsu who solicited raffle donations, hung flyers, posted signs and worked make this event happen, THANK YOU! Your commitment to our community and to helping people find hope is something we all benefit from.

Katie Hallett