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  Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Friendship Party for David Powers
By Rick Winterson

     You probably know him.  You certainly know his family.  David Powers was born and brought up in South Boston, the son of Steve and Martha Powers. 

     David has an older brother, Steve, who still lives here and works for NSTAR.  Steve’s wife, Mary, teaches at Gate of Heaven School.  He also has four younger sisters, who were formerly from South Boston – Jeanette (Squantum), Julie (Weymouth), Joanna (Franklin), and Marybeth (Charlestown).

     David has a pretty and accomplished wife, Anne (Creamer) from Charlestown.  They have two sturdy young boys.  John (11) likes social studies; David (7) is a good speller.  Both the boys attend St. Brendan’s School on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester.  They are both baseball fans.  In Anne’s words, “They’re typical kids.”

     For 12 years, David was a driver for DHL.  In his spare time, he liked to work on projects around their home.  He enjoyed sports, boating, and cooking on the grille.  His favorite place on Earth was Humarock.  He and Anne liked to eat out and took a trip together now and then.

     In January, 2005, David found a lump under his arm.  It was removed, along with several other lymph nodes.  The biopsy showed that it was malignant melanoma.  He had to take off from work and for ten months, he underwent interferon therapy.  That helped, and the melanoma receded. 

     Unfortunately, the remission was only temporary.  The nodules showed up again as muscular melanoma, which required a regimen of chemotherapy.  This has been debilitating for David, but he’s back home and feeling a little better.  His appetite is improving, and he’s flattered and grateful for all the support he and his family have received.  He says, “I can’t believe how great people are.”

     Anne and David decided she should continue her courses at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, which took over the Forsythe Dental Hygiene School.  She just finished her two-year Dental Hygiene studies and has passed her State Boards.  Her license will be issued early in August, giving the Powers family a profession to fall back on, whatever happens.

     Obviously, this has not been an easy time for David, Anne, and the boys.  So, their friends have arranged a “time” at Florian Hall on the last Sunday in June, June 25, from 6 to 11 p.m.  There’ll be a DJ, raffles, and a silent auction.  David wants his “time” to be a celebration – an evening of fellowship.  He’s really looking forward to it.

     He and Anne want to raise the awareness of melanoma as well.  It’s an insidious disease that is associated with excessive exposure to the sun.  That’s partly true, of course, but melanoma can appear anywhere, even under fingernails or on the soles of the feet.

     Please join us.  Look for the posters.  Tickets may be obtained from local residents like Dodo Nee, Donna Casper, and the Powers family.  Or you can stop by the Online office at 663 East Broadway during regular business hours.  Please make checks payable to the “David Powers Family Fund” – they are 501 (c) (3) tax deductible. 

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