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Angel Snowfest raises more than $30,000 to benefit cancer support groups

MADAWASKA, Maine — Families and friends came together Saturday at the Lakeview Restaurant for Angel Snowfest, which for the last six years has raised funds to benefit three organizations that have made medical help physically more accessible to cancer patients in the Valley.

Children play around the ice sculpture snowman as adults enjoy their beverages at the ice bar during the 6th annual Angel Snowfest at the Lakeview Restaurant Saturday. (Morgan Mitchell | SJVT/FhF)

The event benefits the local Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, Angel Flight of New England, and Patient AirLift Services. Angel Snowfest is dedicated in memory of Lakeview owner Jenn Daigle’s parents, Dick and Carol Derosier, who used the organizations’ services before they both died from cancer.

Daigle bought the business after her father passed and serves on the committee that organizes the event along with her husband Jason Daigle, Becky Derosier Pelletier, Jeannine Michaud, Travis Dugal, Gerard and Dianne Castonguay, Stacie and Jeff Linscott, and Charleen Sirois.

Angel Snowfest has raised a total of $139,000 in the last 5 years to benefit the organizations that help cancer patients and their families. This year, they added more than $30,000 to that total.

The funds were raised through registration for a snowshoe race and poker run, proceeds from an ice bar and raffle tickets for a half and half drawing, and the cover fee for the evening’s entertainment.

There also were free activities to enjoy, such as ice skating, an exhibit of antique snowmobiles, and sledding.

“My first Tubing experience was incredible knowing that all of our fun, including the poker run, was all for many great causes,” said 50-year-old Dave Kardys. “Thank you for everyone who helps make and support this incredible event.”

Among the close to thousand people who showed up to support the cause, were also cancer survivors who used the services that benefited from the event.

Tammy Albert of Fort Kent is a breast cancer survivor who utilized help from the Edgar J. Paradis fund during her treatment.

“Having that extra support meant the world to me,” Albert said. “It helped my family financially and it took a lot of burden off of my plate, not having to worry about how to get to and from or what the medical costs are.”

Albert has been cancer free for five years and said she “feels great” because of her check-ups and urges everyone to get them on a regular basis.

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