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August 09. 2013 10:39PM

John Habib's City Sports: Field hockey players stick it to cancer

Two years ago, the Playing for a Purpose High School Field Hockey Jamboree was established to educate the public about the different types of cancer.

Spearheading the fight against cancer were twin sisters Jenna and Kelly Frietas, senior field hockey players at the time for Manchester Memorial who are now at UMass-Lowell.

They drew inspiration from their mother, Christine, who was diagnosed with melanoma 12 years ago.

Since 2011, Christine — supported by her friends and family, including husband, Robert, and daughter Cara — has survived surgery to remove a tumor near her heart and underwent two successful brain-tumor operations, the last one just four months ago.

"The Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the Elliot Regional Cancer Center and my surgeon, Dr. N. Ross Jenkins from the New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute of Bedford, have taken me under their wing and have been wonderful over the years," said Freitas. "My daughters with tremendous help from (former Memorial coach) Rebecca Libby started the jamboree game and we're making sure it continues to help other cancer patients."

Money raised from the past two jamborees have totaled nearly $10,000 for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and the third annual jamboree is set for Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Manchester Memorial's Chabot-McDonough Field.

"Every cent raised and donated to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center goes to patient services and research," Christine said. "Our goal is to raise money towards curing cancer and we're asking the public to support us."

Six teams will be wearing colorful t-shirts to raise awareness of different forms of cancers: pink for breast (ConVal of Peterborough); gray for brain (Hollis-Brookline); dark blue for colon (Littleton); black for melanoma (Manchester Memorial); white for lung (Stevens of Claremont); and peach for uterine (White Mountains Regional of Whitefield).

Milly's Tavern, 500 Commercial St., will host a pre-jamboree event on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m.

There is a $10 admission fee. A silent auction and raffles will be offered to help raise money.

On jamboree day, Playing for a Purpose t-shirts will be sold and organizers will operate a concession stand.

There will also be a raffle for the "Quilt of Hope" sewn by Christine's mother-in-law, Mary Freitas, with 12 different colors representing cancer types in it.

For information and tickets for Milly's Tavern pre-jamboree gala contact Christine Freitas at 759-7728 or send an e-mail to cafreitas@comcast.net.

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The Manchester Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame has announced eight inductees to its class of 2013 who will be honored at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Trinity High School.

The inductees include Daniel Hanagan, Bishop Bradley '66; George W. Smith, Bishop Bradley '54; Mark Foley, Trinity '86; Marc Caron, St. Anthony-Trinity '73; Jeff Chenard, Trinity '81; Shane LaPorte, Trinity '92; Tunji Awojobi, Trinity '93; and Chris Brickley, Trinity '05.

Table reservations and tickets information can be obtained by calling Eileen Smith at 668-4837.
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On Monday, a fund-raiser for the Babe Ruth World Series-bound Manchester Mickey Hanagan All-Stars will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at Billy's Sports Bar. Money raised will help defray the cost of the trip to Moses Lake, Wash., for the start of the 14-year-old World Series on Aug. 17.

Owner Billy Laberge has offered to donate a percentage of all receipts on Monday. A sports memorabilia silent auction and 50-50 raffles will also be offered that day.

The Manchester Babe Ruth League will also welcome donations from the general public.

"City Sports" appears Saturdays in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Email staff reporter John Habib at jhabib@unionleader.com.


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