In Rockford’s Riverside Park, on a Saturday morning, several doves were released by area residents and family members of Stephanie Triplett. The event was arranged by Kris Abrahamson, a longtime Rockford resident and school board member who recently fought cancer alongside her friend, Triplett, who had also been diagnosed. They actually came up with the idea together, but Triplett lost her fight with cancer and Abrahamson went forward with the fundraiser to recognize her friend and others and to spread hope and awareness in connection to the disease.
Several visitors of all ages showed up to see the first event of its kind in Rockford. Aside from the dove release, there was food and music.
The event, Flight for a Cure, raised $1,041 for the American Cancer Society. Due to the amount raised, “Flight of a Cure – Rockford” will be listed as a sponsor for the official Relay of Life T-shirts at this summer’s ACS event in Delano.