Resident Roundup: Cancer surviving duo, Southborough mermaids, and a new life chapter

Above:  Everybody loves a good comeback story. Southborough Wicked Local recently shared one for Mac of Mac’s Wraps downtown (photo from Facebook)

Local media posted some stories and pictures worth sharing about Southborough residents. So, I’m rounding them up for you.

High school friends, cancer survivors, to participate in Jimmy Fund walk – Community Advocate:

Earlier this summer, I shared Sophia Jessiman’s involvement with the Jimmy Fund Walk. Recently, the Community Advocate wrote about her and another member of her team, Maddie Collins. (The walk is now done, but the fundraiser is still active for another month.)

Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) seniors Sophia Jessiman and Maddie Collins are much more than classmates and friends. Both are cancer survivors who will be participating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Sunday, Sept. 27. The event is the nation’s largest single-day fundraiser, whose mission is to raise money for pediatric and adult patient care and cancer research.

Jessiman and Collins met in middle school and became fast friends, their shared cancer diagnosis creating a powerful bond. (read more)

Mermaids of Southborough hear the call of Hopkinton’s waters – Southborough Wicked Local:

A group of women from Southborough (with one Northborough holdout) do their (almost daily) morning swim across Hopkinton Reservoir on Monday. The women, who switch to wet suits when the water is frigid, can ofter be seen out in the water regardless of the weather. (see photo gallery)

LOCAL EATS: After liver transplant, Southborough carpenter begins life anew with Mac’s Wraps – Southborough Wicked Local:

After suffering liver failure a little over a year ago, David McLaughlin has been clawing his way back from death’s door. . . 

“A year ago I couldn’t even walk,” said McLaughlin, 49, who went through a long rehabilitation after the transplant and slowly but surely has regained his strength.

The physical work of carpentry is difficult for him now, McLaughlin said, so in April he started a new chapter in his working life by opening Mac’s Wraps, a food cart at 1 East Main St., Southborough. (read more)

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