January 17, 2019

Allard raising money for breast cancer research

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff

Almost every day before work, Williston resident Robin Allard walks 3 to 5 miles. On the weekends, she walks up to 10 miles.

Allard is training for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure July 23 to 25 in Boston, where she will walk 60 miles over three days to raise money for breast cancer research. The nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised nearly $1.5 billion for breast cancer research, treatment and prevention since it was founded in 1982.

“Everyone has been touched by breast cancer, it seems,” Allard said. “I’m amazed at how many people are affected by this …. It’s almost like everyone you know (has been affected) one way or another.”

Allard, her sisters Kim Poirier and Tanya Cushing, and her husband Jim Bagdon, have been raising money for Allard’s participation. Each registered walker must raise $2,300.

Last weekend, Allard held a two-day yard sale at her Williston home, where she sold things from her own household, along with donations from friends, family and community members.

“We were busy all the time, even with the rain on Saturday,” she said.

Allard raised nearly $1,500 at the sale. In fact, she said the family’s fund-raising has been so successful that Cushing decided to join the walk.

“I was prepared to walk it alone,” Allard said. “Now that we’ll be walking together, it’s kind of awesome. We’re all excited.”

Poirer and Bagdon will also travel to Boston to help with the event, and are signed up as volunteers.

The family has a personal connection to breast cancer. Allard’s sister, Sharron Allard, had breast cancer and died in 1996.

Allard said preparing for the race has brought back many memories.

“We miss her,” she said. “We are reminded every day how hard it is not having her here with us.”

The family needs to raise an additional $1,000 for Cushing’s registration fee.

For more information or to donate, visit www.the3day.org and search for Robin Allard’s personal page.

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