Inside Windham: Aug. 13 – Portland Press Herald

Windham Boy Named Cancer Survivor’s Hero

A 4-year-old local boy was honored as an Anthem Hero by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and recognized at a July 30 ceremony at Portland’s Hadlock Field.


The recognition was given for the courage Weston Lane showed in his battle with cancer at a young age as part of Anthem’s commitment to cancer prevention and treatment and to support the work of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Lane was the third and final Anthem Heroes at Hadlock to be recognized during the 2021 season.

“Weston and his family have been through so much during his diagnosis and treatment and his courage to overcome cancer is so inspiring,” said Denise McDonough, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

At the age of 18 months, Weston was sent to get imaging of a small bump on the side of his head. Within hours, he was admitted to Maine Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. He then underwent a 20-month treatment plan that included chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and two stem cell transplants. Scans done in April 2020 showed that Weston was in remission and he can now participate in things he couldn’t before. The family would like to thank the team of doctors, nurses, social workers and staff at MCCP for providing them with the knowledge, support and dedication to keep them going through the toughest of times.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine have raised $5 million to support the MCCP’s Strike Out Cancer in Kids program, and Anthem Heroes at Hadlock offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for kids like Weston. During the July 30 ceremony, the crowd watched via Jumbotron as Weston made a celebratory home run around the bases ahead of the start of the Portland Sea Dogs game. He and his family also received some Sea Dogs souvenirs and enjoyed other VIP privileges while watching the Boston Red Sox’s Double-A affiliate team play baseball.

Summer festival at Tassel Top

A family, fun, fitness and film festival will take place on August 26 from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM at Tassel Top Park in Raymond. The Windham Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the event in partnership with Bangor Savings Bank, Otelco, the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and the Raymond Parks & Recreation Department.

The event aims to promote community spirit and provide resources for staying healthy by offering a number of activities in a safe outdoor environment. It will feature stage events and entertainment, including a Family Feud contest, a Name That Disney Tune contest, practice demonstrations, a Maine Dance Center performance, and a twilight screening of “Toy Story 4”.

There will also be yoga on the beach, a scavenger hunt, and a grand prize draw for attendees to win an overnight stay at the AC Hotel by Marriott on Portland’s waterfront. This is a perfect way to spend a summer evening in a lovely local waterfront location.

Library at the farmers market

On Saturday, August 21, you will have the opportunity to meet two librarians from the Windham Public Library in a very different setting. They will be present at the Windham Farmers Market to introduce you to some of the fun and interesting programs and activities the library has to offer. Windham families have access to activity backpacks, ukuleles, park passes, and more. It’s not just about books anymore. Stop by and say hello to librarians Jen and Sally, who are happy to inform you about everything our city library has available.

Haley Pal can be reached at: [email protected]

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