I’m writing to extend thanks and appreciation for the article, “Cumberland woman to bike 4,000 miles to fight cancer,” about Molly O’Shea’s participation in the 4K for Cancer bicycle ride. Since the article was published, Molly has received over $1,000 of support from members of the community and much of that, if not all, is a direct result of Alex Lear’s article. These donations support the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, but they also qualified Molly to receive a much-needed bicycle in order to start a training regimen for the ride this spring. The article was well-written and Alex was really able to articulate Molly’s strong desire to make a meaningful contribution, thereby striking a chord with many of her neighbors and friends. Molly is generally very reserved, but she’s thankful and proud for the opportunity, and she felt particularly grateful to get the support and assistance of Alex and the local paper. Kudos for a job well done.

Mara O’Shea