December 16, 2018

Around Town

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Gov. Phil Scott and Sabrina Brochu of Williston.

Local legislative page honored for generosity

Sabina Brochu, a 14-year-old legislative page from Williston, was recognized last week by Gov. Phil Scott and the Friends of the Vermont Statehouse for donating part of her first paycheck to the Montpelier non-profit.

Friends of the Vermont Statehouse is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Vermont’s capitol building. Brochu, a student at Williston Central School, wrote an unsolicited letter to the group after receiving her first paycheck for her work as a page, assisting members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Brochu is among a small group of Vermont eighth-graders who were selected as pages this year.

“After I got my first paycheck, I decided I would donate some of it to you because I think the Statehouse is a wonderful place and I think that everyone deserves to see its best,” Brochu wrote in a letter to the non-profit. “I hope my donation helps to keep the Statehouse beautiful for many years to come.”

After receiving the letter, the Friends of the Vermont Statehouse Board of Trustees arranged a private meeting between Brochu and Gov. Scott and presented her with a copy of its recently published book about the statehouse, “Intimate Grandeur.”

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David Cranmer

Local cancer survivor increases advocacy role

David Cranmer of Williston was recently named to a two-year term as a patient advocate on the National Cancer Institute’s Leukemia Steering Committee.

Cranmer, a leukemia and bone marrow transplant survivor, is the co-founder and president of the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network, a volunteer organization that provides support and resources for Vermonters living with cancer. In addition to his National Cancer Institute role, he volunteers as a patient advocate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the University of Vermont Cancer Center.

As a patient advocate, Cranmer will provide a patient’s voice in the development and enhancement of National Cancer Institute programs.

The Leukemia Steering Committee meets monthly to address the design, prioritization and evaluation of concepts for phase two and phase three clinical trials in adult leukemias. The committee addresses unmet clinical needs, unanswered clinical questions and potential new approaches to disease treatment.

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