Doves across Rockford, first ‘Flight for a Cause’

Releasing doves in Riverside Park are, left to right, Deb Granke, Kris Abrahamson and Dan Abrahamson. Kris Abrahamson was inspired by a friend’s fight with cancer, as well as her own diagnosis, to organize and hold the event in Rockford.

Releasing doves in Riverside Park are, left to right, Deb Granke, Kris Abrahamson and Dan Abrahamson. Kris Abrahamson was inspired by a friend’s fight with cancer, as well as her own diagnosis, to organize and hold the event in Rockford.

Stephanie Triplett inspired this event, and her sister, Megan Paulson, releases a dove in her name. Stephanie passed away in December 2013.

Stephanie Triplett inspired this event, and her sister, Megan Paulson, releases a dove in her name. Stephanie passed away in December 2013.

Chuck Armstrong (left) and Dean Klavin provide music for the two-hour event.

Chuck Armstrong (left) and Dean Klavin provide music for the two-hour event.

At the first annual “Flight for a Cure” in Rockford, all ages were represented. Brittan McGrane, 17 months old, takes advantage of the sun-warmed concrete and loose chalk.

At the first annual “Flight for a Cure” in Rockford, all ages were represented. Brittan McGrane, 17 months old, takes advantage of the sun-warmed concrete and loose chalk.

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.

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