Grandchild Saves Money for Nana’s Cancer Treatments
Isaac Simmons, seven and a half years old, and son of Keith and Heather Simmons, owners of Simmons Lobster Wharf, Inc. in Friendship, wanted to thank the woman who helped his Nana, Karen Simmons, receive her cancer treatments.
Through Pen Bay Healthcare’s Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund, Karen received gas cards to pay for travel to her cancer treatments at Pen Bay Medical Center. So grateful was Isaac to Pen Bay for helping his Nana, he saved every penny for the past two years to repay the money. Last week, Isaac handed a $210 check to Brenda Gagnon, founder of the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund. Brenda established the fund after her husband, Bob, succumbed to cancer.
“What a remarkable young man, only seven and a half,” replied Brenda after meeting Isaac.
When asked how he raised $210, Isaac replied, “I saved Christmas and birthday gifts, I just started collecting. Then my father said he’d match whatever I raised.”
When Isaac isn’t saving his money, he can be found playing baseball or studying his favorite school subject, math. He loves his Nana’s cookies, especially the peanut butter ones that she removes from the oven early, so that they are chewy. When asked about possibly becoming a doctor, Isaac smiled.
The Pen Bay Cancer Care Center and Brenda Gagnon gratefully acknowledge Isaac Simmons’ efforts in support of cancer care and his $210 donation. For more information about Pen Bay's Cancer Care Center, call 596-8969 or visit www.pbmc.org/cancercare. For more information about how you can donate to this and other funds at Pen Bay, visit www.penbayhealthcare.org/campaign
Photo: L-R: Mrs. Simmons, Isaac Simmons, Brenda Gagnon, oncology social worker Ginny Vaitones.