Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

June 20, 2013


The Andover Townsman

---- — Turner girls find it better to give

Two local girls decided to skip the birthday presents this year and instead encouraged friends and family to help them support the efforts of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Methuen.

The Turner girls — Alixandra, now 10, and Emily, now 6 — together raised $425 for the organization, which is very close to their family’s heart. Their cat, Ozzie, was adopted from the Methuen shelter in 2010.

The daughters of John and Helen Turner of Greybirch Road recently made the donation to Peter Sward of the MSPCA, who helped the family with the adoption.

The girls, who attend High Plain Elementary School, say they are very grateful for the generosity of their friends. “I was delighted to think that our girls would take on the idea of raising money for a favorite charity rather than receive gifts themselves. It would be great to think that our idea might inspire other children to do the same,” their mother, Helen Turner, says.

Against the Tide to fight breast cancer

Andover’s Michele Phillips will be among the participants in the 21st annual statewide Against the Tide fundraiser presented by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition on Saturday, June 22, in Hopkinton State Park.

Last year, Phillips got involved with the event through her employer and volunteered to set it up. This year, she has assembled a team to compete in the 2-mile kayak and 3-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer prevention.

The cause is important to Phillips, who lost both her grandmothers and her cousin to breast cancer, while her best friend continues to battle the disease following a reoccurrence.

“I want women and men to be informed and to know that there are preventative measures to be taken to prevent this horrid and ravaging disease,” Phillips says in a press release.

She adds her mother always told her that if you recognize something as a problem and you sit back and do nothing, then you are part of the problem. “I never want to be remembered as part of this problem, I want to be remembered for doing something about it,” she says. “I want to be an example in whatever way that I can.”

To support Phillips in her effort, visit For more on the Against the Tide event, visit against-the-tide-hopkinton-2013.


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