Walking for the Wood brothers

Andrew Wagstaff
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Sept. 22 fundraiser to benefit juvenile diabetes research

PARRSBORO Michael Wood’s memory is still alive and well at the place where he worked for many years, and now his former co-workers are set to walk with other friends and family members for him and his brother Croyden Jr. this weekend.

The Michael and Croyden “Boo” Wood Memorial Walk in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, and planning committee member January Brown is expecting a large turnout. Fundraising for the event began this summer with a car wash on Upper Main Street.

“The car wash was a big hit and I think the walk, the more I hear, is going to be a big hit,” said Brown, who said more than 120 pledge sheets have been circulating. “We really want it to be an annual thing.”

The Parrsboro community was rocked on Jan. 20 of this year when the Wood brothers died in an unexplained accident on a local beach. A couple of months after their death, a couple of Michael’s co-workers at Granby Furnaces decided they wanted to do something in their memory.

“They wanted to do something in memory of them, and they chose the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (as the cause) because Michael’s son Grant was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes back in 2010,” said Brown.

“They remembered Mike saying at different times that it would be nice if we raised some money for juvenile diabetes.”

A committee was formed, plans were made and funds have been raised. Along with the car wash, pledges have been collected by participants, and tickets have also been sold on a welder. A silent auction will also be held on the day of the event, and has received strong support from the local business community.

Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, when pledge sheets will be turned in. The walk itself begins at 10 a.m., when it will leave the bandstand and head to the end of Pier Road and back, by way of Chapel and Spring Streets.

Organizations: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Upper Main Street, Pier Road

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