Susan Appleby gets state to recognize November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Bill Gilman
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Susan Appleby knows it's no accident that she has survived four-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with Stage 3B Lung Cancer. She knows she's blessed and she wanted to make sure she didn't waste that blessing. So the Tewksbury resident has been using all of the resources available to her to educate people about lung cancer and the risk factors associated with it. As part of that campaign, Appleby successfully lobbied the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick to declare November "Lung Cancer Awareness Month" in Massachusetts. "About three months ago I decided there must be a reason I'm still around. I wanted to get involved," said Appleby. "I'm one of the lucky ones." Earlier this month, Appleby was presented with an official "Lung Cancer …
The United Methodist Church's new pastor and her ministry dog will split their time between Tewksbury and North Andover.
The Rev. Deborah Shipp, appointed to the Tewksbury United Methodist Church, began her duties on Sunday, July 1, according to a press release issued by the church. She will split her time between the Tewksbury and the First United Methodist Church in North Andover. Unique to her ministry, Rev. Shipp is joined by Sawyer, a large Golden Retriever "who is a certified therapy and ministry service dog, who has been the Reverend's partner for 71/2 years," according to the release. Ordained in 1984 as deacon and elder in 1987 by the New England Conference, Rev. Shipp has served churches in Pawtucket, RI, Bridgewater, MA. Providence, RI, Portsmouth, NH and most recently Eliot, ME. She also spent a year doing urban ministry in Dorchester. A native …