Two Generations Came Together in Dexter, Walking for a Common Cause 

Some third-graders teamed up with residents from Dexter Healthcare Tuesday.Getting some exercise, while helping in the fight against cancer.Meghan Hayward followed along on their walk.Two generations came together in Dexter, walking for a common cause.”Basically what we did was that we realized Maine has a high incidence of cancer so last year we started with our first cancer walk.”Third-graders from the Primary School in Dexter walked outside with residents at Dexter Healthcare.With many walking in memory of someone who lost their life to cancer.Dexter Healthcare Administrator Becky Greaves says the event has won over the residents.”The older people that reside here absolutely love it. They love having the children here.”It seems to be a hit with the kids too.”I liked pushing the wheelchairs.””Walking because it helps people.””My favorite part was getting to walk around with them.”Third-grader Grace Bennett says she learned a few things about the resident she was teamed up with.”Really nice and they like to just relax and walk.”As part of the event, the healthcare facility has a few raffles and staff members donate money, with all proceeds going toward the Maine Cancer Society.Greaves says last year they raised one-thousand dollars. They’re hoping to match that this year.Resident Zeph Landry is glad she can take part in the event.”It’s wonderful. I think to have this. Just the idea of doing something for cancer.”Organizers hope to continue the walk for many years to come.”When we first started it I was surprised just how involved the staff became and it’s kind of grown in it’s enthusiasm and hopefully it will continue to grow.”