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Community Caring And Support In Seacoast NH...Served Up Family Style

Community Caring And Support In Seacoast NH...Served Up Family Style

When 44 year old Heather MacDonald was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 weeks ago, she knew it was time for immediate action. Heather took charge and scheduled a life changing and hopefully, life saving, bilateral mastectomy as part of her treatment.

Heather, a single mother, and resident of Pelham, NH, has been a fixture at Wilbur's Family Dining at 881 Lafayette Road in Hampton, NH for over 10 years. Waiting on all of her loyal patrons with her customary smile and pleasant attitude, Heather juggles her food service career with parenting her 5 year old daughter Jaydn.

It was Rusty Bridle and a few other "regulars"Photo Rusty Bridle and Heather MacDonald who first cooked up the idea to have a fundraiser dinner at Wilbur's Family Dining for Heather. Wilbur Forbes, the owner, was inspired by the idea and offered to provide the food, a traditional spaghetti and meatball dinner with garlic toast, and donate all the proceeds from the dinner and the raffles to help Heather with her medical and living expenses. The cost of the dinner was $10 for adults and $5 for kids. 

Wilbur's Family Dining SignThe fundraiser for Heather was Wednesday September 21st from 3:30 - 7:30pm and everyone was welcome. People from all over the area began lining up outside the doors by 3pm and it was non-stop until the end and frequently standing room only. All the folks that Heather had touched with her kind service all these years came in to show their community support and caring. In all, Wilbur's Family Dining served 232 dinners, sold raffle tickets and raised $3,500 for Heather.

The Gang at Wilbur's Family Dining, from left to right: Marianne McCusker, Wilbur Forbes, Sandy Tirone, Heather MacDonald, Becky Cook and Lou Towle.
Staff at Wilbur's Family Dining
Heather MacDonald Fundraiser
Waiting Line at Wilbur's Fundraiser for Heather MacDonald

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

I'm pretty sure Heather's world was changed for the better by her loyal friends and customers on this Wednesday evening.

If you would like to make a donation to help Heather win her battle with cancer, please call Wilbur's Family Dining at 603-929-2962, and tell them, "some guy on the internet told me Heather could use my help."

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Comment balloon 11 commentsJohn McCarthy • September 23 2011 03:32PM

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What a guy you are.  God bless you.  How about an address so we can just send a check?

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 8 years ago

For some reason these stories about people doing the right thing for others always choke me up.  Thanks for sharing (I'm walking to raise money for the American Cancer Society in October - hopefully so people like Heather won't have to deal with huge decisions like getting mastectomies at some point in the future.)

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Kenneth - Thank you so much for your thoughts. If you would like to send a check, you can forward it to Wilbur's Family Dining, 881 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH 03842. I know she will appreciate it.

Hi Kat - I wish you much success in your walk! I'm sure you will raise a ton of money for ACS. We have all known far too many people who have struggled with cancer. My hope is to eliminate this horrible disease in our lifetime. The biggest thrust of this blog was to highlight the "regular people," the "everyday heroes," who help others who need help. The people in these photos aren't rock stars, Hollywood personalities, country music stars or otherwise, "well known for being famous." These are real people, from our neighborhood who saw Heather's need and did whatever they could to help her. I'm proud to live in a community where people aren't too busy to do this!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 8 years ago

That brought tears, John. What a wonderful thing for all those folks to do. Heather will be in our prayers.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Toni - When all you hear in the news is doom and gloom, its nice to know that there are still people who care and want to make a difference in someone's life. When I heard about this fundraiser, I intended to post a local blog on Hampton-North Hampton Patch, but the editor also heard about it and beat me out with a news article, so it received plenty of publicity! Thank you for including Heather in your thoughts and prayers! There is little doubt it makes a difference. :)

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing this story. What a wonderful event.

Have a great week and be sure to have your camera in hand to record those special moments.

Copy (2) of IMG_5976 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph.

Dahlia Show at Brookside Gardens.  Photograph by Roy Kelley.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago

Hi Roy - Thanks for stopping by! So happy that there are still people who care. Helping others is one of the greatest gifts for humanity.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 8 years ago

Good day John;  I just put in a good word for you.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 8 years ago

Hi Kenneth - Hope your week has been going well. Wherever you put in that good word, I truly thank you. I have had a full schedule the last few weeks and hope to spend more time back here with my AR friends. Thank you for stopping by, my friend.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 8 years ago

Add me to the list of softies that needed a tissue after reading this!  Beautiful post, John!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 8 years ago

Hi Sharon - I'm there with you. I needed Kleenexes while I writing it too! My Chris was there today for lunch and Heather was working again. So sweet to be remembered through your blog and articles. Chris wrote a Feature for the Seacoast Scene newspaper about Heather's fundraiser and it was well received throughout the Seacoast community. Hope all is well!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 8 years ago

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