Maybe best known around the community for her decade of service (so far) with the Rockford Area Schools Board of Education, Kris Abrahamson has been an active member of the community, and volunteer, much longer.
If you spend time in Rockford, you will likely cross paths with Abrahamson. She, as often as not, is on her way to meetings, work or whatever event the school district is sporting.
Now the Rockford wife and mother of four has created an opportunity for those affected by a cancer diagnosis — personally, or through family and friendships — to come together as a community to raise awareness of cancer, as well as funding to fight it.
There will be a dove release and community fundraiser on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rockford Lions Park to honor those affected by cancer. The cost of a dove is $25, all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, and participants are being asked to reserve them by May 1 to ensure the right number of doves will be available. Additional donation options are outlined on the event’s blog, www.flightforacure.blogspot.com.
In addition to the dove release at noon, there will be music, food and face painting.
The symbolism of doves, messengers of peace and love, is universal, but the opportunity to send one off carrying a personal message is rare. More rare, unfortunately, than knowing someone affected by cancer.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, Abrahamson soon found out that a close friend and Rockford resident had been handed the same news. They came up with the event idea together. The story of their journey is on the blog.
The blog offers additional information about the event, as well as spots to post memorials and survivor stories. The effort also has a Facebook page under “Rockford Flight for a Cure.”