Sangerville Teens Buy Gas Cards to Help Cancer Patients 

Two teenagers from Sangerville who know what it’s like to have a loved one with cancer are giving back to others fighting the disease. Sami-Jo Brawn and Elaine Riitano have been raising money for gas cards to help cancer patients pay for travel to treatments. Today they delivered 25 gas cards worth $625 to the Oncology Department at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. Sami-Jo lost her grandmother to cancer. Elaine’s aunt died of the disease. Last year they started an organization called Hoofs-n-Hearts to help other families. They collected money during the Whoopie Pie Festival and organized a barn dance. Both say they didn’t believe they’d make such a big difference. “Really no. We thought maybe a couple of gas cards. Not a lot. And I remember when Debbie told us how much money we got after we split it with the expenses of the barn dance – how much we had left over. It was like wow, we really did it. We really raised money.”Sami-Jo’s mom says the girls hope to collect twice as much money this year. They’re already thinking about some fundraising events for the summer and fall. You can follow their progress or even find out about donating to the cause by checking out their Facebook page, Hoofs-n-Hearts.