O’LYN Contractors, Inc. Supports Shark! Weekend and Halfway 5K to Help Fight Cancer

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O’LYN Contractors, Inc. encouraging all to support Shark! Weekend to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society and Halfway 5K to support Cops For Kids With Cancer.

Shark! Weekend Event Organizer Dan Hermann

Losing my brother was a deeply saddening part of my life... but remembering the person he was fills me with joy. Shark Weekend is about the ocean, good food, people outdoors having fun, all things that we had shared together as kids.

On Sunday June 10, the Halfway Café will be putting on the Halfway 5K to support Cops For Kids With Cancer, and Boston Metro roofing expert O’LYN Contractors will be making a donation to support the event. Cops For Kids With Cancer is a federally recognized 501 ( C ) (3) not-for-profit organization, and all the money raised goes to kids with cancer. Right now their money goes to the, Pediatric Oncology Units of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The money is to be used just for the children and for what they may need while they are patients or in out patient treatment. For more information, including how you can help sponsor the event, go to the Halfway 5K website at http://www.halfway5k.com.

On August 3, 4 and 5, Shark! Weekend will be putting on a shark fishing tournament, a 5K race, beachside Summer BBQ and softball tournament to benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. The Shark Fishing Tourney is the only pure catch, tag and release tourney in New England and is put on in cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to ensure maximum benefit to the New England shark population. All proceeds benefit the National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow. They aggressively drive strategic research, advocate for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community, and provide patient information. New England roofer O’LYN Contractors, Inc. and the South Shore’s Central Auto Group will be making donations to support the event. For more information on how you can participate or support the effort, go to the Shark! Weekend website at sharkweekend.org.

Cancer has also had an enormous impact on the employees and family at O’LYN Contractors, with the passing of Tom Olen in 2010 after 33 years at the company, a young nephew of the owners successfully battling childhood leukemia and their sister-in-law still battling cancer after 25 years, among the more recent struggles. In addition to their participation in this and other events, everyone is encouraged to support the fight against cancer in any way they can.

For event organizer Dan Hermann, Shark! Weekend is also very personal. “Losing my brother was a deeply saddening part of my life that I will likely never fully recover from - but remembering the person he was fills me with joy. Shark Weekend is about the ocean, good food, people outdoors having fun, all things that we had shared together as kids. Dedicating the proceeds to the National Brain Tumor Society allows me to feel like in some way Ben is there enjoying it with me too, and that the event is about something bigger than just one moment in time,” says Hermann.

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