SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 5, 2012

Fed Up With Cancer event to benefit walk

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — A few years ago, when MassPay’s founder and president, Jason Maxwell, discovered a fellow employee had cancer, he decided he was fed up with cancer touching the lives of his co-workers and family.

In 2010, Maxwell and others at the Beverly-based payroll and insurance services company founded the nonprofit Fed Up With Cancer, which raises money for charitable organizations that support cancer research and prevention, according to the organization’s website.

Tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, the group plans to hold its third annual Fed Up With Cancer Fundraiser. In the past two years, the fundraiser has donated more than $35,000 to the North Shore Cancer Walk, which benefits programs and services of the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers and the North Shore Medical Center’s oncology unit at Salem Hospital.

The event will include food tastings and beverage samples. Dueling Pianists, Ed McCarron and Bill Connors, will provide live entertainment, and Kim Carrigan will serve as emcee and auctioneer. A silent auction will include a chance to bid on gift packages that include New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins tickets, plus sports memorabilia, vacation getaways, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Maxwell’s interest in cancer research and prevention is personal. He lost his father to liver cancer in 1988 and his brother-in-law to sarcoma in 2007.

“I am a firm believer that everyone deserves access to outstanding cancer care right here on the North Shore and look forward to another successful year of fundraising for such amazing resources,” Maxell said in a prepared statement.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance at www.fedupwithcancer.com.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.