Fourteenth annual Take the Lake event supports cancer survivors

The 14th annual Take the Lake 5K in support of cancer survivorship is scheduled for June 30 at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.
The 14th annual Take the Lake 5K in support of cancer survivorship is scheduled for June 30 at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

TAKE 14: More than 1,000 runners, walkers, and bikers are expected to participate in the 14th annual Take the Lake 5K on June 30 in support of cancer survivorship.

The route goes around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield.

Take the Lake is dedicated to Janice Mignosa Frye, a 1980 graduate of Wakefield High School.


Frye died of cancer in 1999 and her family created the run/walk to pay tribute to her and the organizations that help local families affected by the disease.

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The biking portion of the event, which follows a 25-mile route and is a ride, not a race, is new this year.

Frye’s brother, Tom Mignosa, is lead organizer of Take the Lake, which brings together athletes, survivors, families, and friends.

Since the founding of the race 14 years ago, more than 5,000 walkers and runners have participated, raising $165,000 for cancer related charities.

This year, all proceeds benefit the New England Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, which educates, advocates, and empowers those whose lives have been affected by cancer.


Registration is $28. The fee includes professional chip timekeeping; awards to the top three male and female runners in each division; T-shirts, water along the course, and refreshments after the race.

For registration and online fund-raising, visit

For more, information, call 781-944-1156,e-mail, or visit

The event begins at Comverse headquarters. Cyclists take off at 8 a.m., followed by runners at 8:30 a.m., and walkers at 8:35 a.m.

A DAY (AND NIGHT) AT THE BEACH: The annual Swampscott Harbor Festival is Saturday at Fisherman’s Beach.


The Swampscott Yacht Club hosts a Blessing of the Fleet at 10:30 a.m.

The Rotary Club of Swampscott runs the Duct Tape Regatta at 1 p.m, with all proceeds used to fund clean water projects.

Ten local teen bands present a concert 4 to 9 p.m., sponsored by the Swampscott Public Library.

Weather permitting, the yacht club lights a bonfire on the beach after the concert.

Fisherman’s Beach is located near the Swampscott Yacht Club.

ON THE TABLE: The Food and Health Forum, a venture between the owner of Blue Moon Evolution, Kathy Gallant, and nutritionist and health coach Tracey Miller, aims to educate and help reestablish the link between what we eat, where our food comes from, and how it affects our health.

The forum and Water Street Bookstore are presenting author and journalist David E. Gumpert at a dinner seminar on Monday to discuss his new book, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat.”

The book focuses on the intersection of food, health, and business.

It addresses how and why more people are leaving supermarkets and going directly to local farmers for things like raw milk, pastured eggs, and pastured animals, and what that means to the food system.

The evening includes a three-course locally sourced dinner and a glass of wine from Blue Moon Evolution in Exeter, N.H.

Cost is $60, which includes dinner. Farmers and nonprofits get 30 percent off.

The event runs 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Blue Moon Evolution. Call 603-380-1080 or visit

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Dr. Barbara Bjornson, a medical oncologist at Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care, is the recipient of the hospital’s Kenneth Tucker, MD Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award. Bjornson was recognized for her “ability to make each patient feel as if nothing else is as important as their health and well being,” and for sharing with them feelings of empathy and hope . . . Marie McCarthy, vice president for education, Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Program, has been awarded the 2013 Nursing Excellence Award from She was one of 30 finalists from New England and will go on to be a national finalist. Lawrence Memorial is in Medford . . . Nancy Sabin of Plaistow, N.H., a Northern Essex Community College retired dean of enrollment services, has received an emeritus award from the college. She began working at the college as a work-study student in 1970 and worked in many departments before retiring in 2010. She has helped thousands of students secure funding to make attending college possible and had a special affinity for working with veterans. She continues to teach computer science at Northern Essex part-time. The rank of emeritus recognizes sustained excellence in performance, character, and service to the college.

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