Pictured is Dr. Allyson Preston of Marblehead.
By BILL BROTHERTON
MARBLEHEAD – Dr. Allyson Preston will serve as co-chair of this year’s North Shore Cancer Walk on June 25.
Dr. Preston, a Marblehead resident, has lived and worked on the North Shore for 30 years. She joined North Shore Medical Center as a staff physician and became chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. She graduated from George Washington University Medical School and trained at the University of Pittsburgh in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Preston has taken part in the Cancer Walk for many years. She began participating when her children were in strollers; now her 9-year-old granddaughter is participating for the second time. She stepped up as co-chair because, as a physician and breast cancer survivor, she knows firsthand what North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center mean to the community.
For more than two decades, the North Shore Cancer Walk has brought together mothers, fathers, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors, co-workers, businesses, teachers and students all focused on raising funds for cancer care on the North Shore. To date, this community has raised $22 million. That mission will be celebrated again this year, as walkers wind their way along the 10K (6.2 mile) route through Salem. Brittany Isherwood of Newburyport is co-chair.
“As a physician, I’ve been proud to be part of a team at NSMC that delivers world-class, locally based medical care to thousands of patients each year. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, I had all of my treatment – from testing to surgery to chemotherapy – at North Shore Medical Center and Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center,” said Dr. Preston. “Stepping through the door as a patient that first day was unnerving, but I immediately felt wrapped in a blanket of caring and competence. The high level of care didn’t at all surprise me, but it had new meaning, as a patient.”
Proceeds will support oncology services at North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. In the past, contributions have supported new technologies, renovations, clinical trials, wellness services such as massage and acupuncture to help alleviate pain and nausea, as well as supportive care programs for patients and their families.
Registration is now open for the 2017 North Shore Cancer Walk. To learn more or to register, go to www.northshorecancerwalk.org.