The abutting towns of North Yarmouth and Cumberland have lost three community members to NETs. In 2017, 22-year-old firefighter Brandon Thibeau died two years after the biopsy of a swollen lymph node showed a NET.
A year earlier, the former town manager of North Yarmouth, Marnie Diffin, succumbed within months of receiving her NET diagnosis. Thirteen years earlier, a 41-year old EMT and mother of four, Susan Taylor, died less than a year into her journey.
North Yarmouth Town Clerk Debbie Grover was connected to all threee and decided to act. “How could it be that for a rare cancer, I could know three people who have been afflicted with it in my small world of Cumberland and North Yarmouth,” she said.
Again this year, she’s planning a benefit breakfast sponsored by the North Yarmouth Fire Company, on Saturday, October 27 from 7 am to 10 am. Brandon’s family, Debbie’s co-workers, and the firefighters are organizing the logistics for an expected crowd of 300.
Heaping plates of eggs, pancakes, sausages, and home fries will be offered with a free-will donation.
Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the NET Research Foundation. Learn how you can sponsor a fundraiser in your community.