By Robbie McKay Lincoln News • January 10, 2019
MILLINOCKET – The Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile club are holding their 7th annual snowball run for cancer research on Saturday, January 19, and this year the proceeds will go to benefit Millinocket Regional Hospital’s Oncology Restoration Project. With 75 to 150 riders usually participating, the potential exists to raise some serious money for the hospital.
“Usually the funds go to the American Cancer Society,” said Steve Campbell, chairman of the event. “This year we felt the need was more local, so we decided to give to MRH’s project instead,” he said.
Riders in the event collect pledges and donations to make the trip which will be held in two categories this year: the first in modern day sleds is a group ride which will make a run to Wildwoods Restaurant in Brownville or participants can ride anywhere they like. The second choice is a group ride for antique and vintage sleds; the destination for that ride has not been determined yet as the sleds ride differently than the new ones and trail conditions that day will dictate the route. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the clubhouse that morning where breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m.; food will be served all day at the clubhouse.
Campbell said that the person who raises the most money will win a gift certificate to the River Drivers Restaurant at the New England Outdoor Center.
The Oncology Restoration Project at MRH is ongoing and has been supported by many organizations, businesses, and individuals. The Timber Cruisers have already hosted a benefit supper for the effort last fall, which was a huge success.
If anyone wishes, they can get more information by calling Steve Campbell at 447-1435.
About Millinocket Regional Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital nestled at the base of Baxter State Park that provides vital healthcare services to those who live, work and play in the Katahdin Region. Beyond the friendly staff and award-winning patient care, MRH provides an impressive range of specialty and general services; with a recent expansion resulting in the addition of eight new specialties and a Walk-In Care facility. In 2016, MRH was recognized as the Cleanest Hospital in New England by Becker’s Hospital Review and received a five star rating on the Medicare Quality Scale. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic force within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital