Area restaurants raise $7K to fight lung cancer

Courtesy photoTeam Lungstrong receives $1,000 from Paul Eastman and Christina Johnson, owners of Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury. Pictured, from left, Laurie Irwin, Robin Schell, Lungstrong founder Diane Legg, Johnson, Anne Enaire, Maryellen Graf and Careyanne Davis.

AMESBURY — Area restaurants pitched in to raise more than $7,000 for lung cancer research through Lungstrong’s “Cheers to a Cure!” campaign.

Fifteen restaurants in Amesbury, Newburyport, Haverhill and New Hampshire’s Seacoast area offered cocktails, dinner, iced tea and ice cream from March to September and donated a percentage of sales to Lungstrong, a nonprofit organization founded by 15-year lung cancer survivor Diane Legg. 

All money raised through Lungstrong is used to support innovative lung cancer research, according to a press release.

Ristorante Molise in Amesbury raised $1,500 with its St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser, while Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury, the Epoch at Exeter Inn in Exeter, New Hampshire, and Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport raised $1,000 each.

Other participating restaurants included: The Barn, Crave, Flatbreads, Hodgies and Market Square Bakehouse in Amesbury; the Plum Island Grille, Oregano and Hodgies Too in Newburyport; Krueger’s Flatbreads in Haverhill and the Community Oven in Hampton, New Hampshire, and Sea Dog Brewery in Exeter.

Legg praised the collaborative effort. 

“I’m so grateful for the participation of all our partner restaurants,” she said. “It is the combination of all of our fundraising efforts – our Team Lungstrong that rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge, our Live It Up Lungstrong event, the Lungstrong 5K run/1.5-mile walk, and our “Cheers to a Cure!” – that has allowed us to raise over $4 million for lung cancer research since 2011.”

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world and kills more people than breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer combined, the press release said.

For more about Lungstrong, visit Restaurants that would like to participate in “Cheers to a Cure!” in the future should contact Robin Schell at or 603-770-3607.

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