LaHaye family will be walking to remember Mike LaHaye at the Lahey 5K Cancer
Walk & Run on June 25.
Beverly, MA (May 18, 2016) – It was Christmas Eve 2014 when Mike LaHaye
received the call.
longtime Danvers resident had been diagnosed with lung cancer seven months
earlier, but it was Dec. 24 when his phone rang. Mike had on his patented red
vest – he wore it every year around the holidays. The LaHaye family had all
congregated in Gloucester for the holiday.
Eve is our big day,” said Shannon Chiachiaretta, Mike’s daughter. “We get all
dressed up and see our entire extended family.”
call came early in the afternoon. It was his Beverly Hospital pulmonologist –
Dr. Fares Mouchantaf.
just wanted to check in,” said Sharon LaHaye, Mike’s wife. “He wanted to know
how he was doing.
had been receiving his treatment at Beverly Hospital, but it’s that one call
the LaHaye family won’t soon forget.
has family. This is Christmas Eve for him too, but he wanted to check-in with
me,” Sharon recalled Mike saying. “We were just so touched that he would take
the time to call us.”
as Sharon pointed out, this was more of a social call than a medical one.
didn’t talk about his treatment or anything, just how he was doing. How his
family is doing,” Sharon said.
Mike passed away 10
months later in Oct. 2015. To thank the staff for the care they provided her
husband, Sharon baked treats for the unit.
“Everyone came out of the
office to see us,” Shannon said. “We all had tears in our eyes. The nurses even
came to the wake. My dad always looked forward to the treatment because of the staff
in the cancer center. Who describes their cancer treatment as fun?”
“Dad was all about
spending time with family, which after months of treatment, seemed to extend to
his caregivers at Beverly Hospital,” said Mike’s son, Ryan LaHaye.
To honor Mike, his family
will be participating in the Lahey Health 5K Cancer Walk & Run.
“We thought this would be
a nice tribute to my dad and his caregivers,” Shannon said. “We wanted to do something
to make sure others have as good an experience as we did.”
According to Shannon,
this would also be an opportunity for the family to gather once a year and
reminisce about her father, especially to help his four young grandchildren who
enjoyed “fishing” on Mike’s iPad, remember “Papa”.
“It was so important for
him to connect with his grandchildren and participating in this cancer walk is
the perfect opportunity for them to continue connecting with him,” Shannon
The Lahey 5K Cancer Walk
& Run will take place on Saturday, June 25 at 8 a.m. at Burlington High
School. For more information or to sign up, please visit: http://www.laheyhealth5k.org/
About Lahey Health
Lahey Health is what's next in healthcare,
providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you
live or work. It is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning
hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community
hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health
services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and
rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout
northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians providing clinical
excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary
care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation;
neurosurgery, cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care;
local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention
and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care
provided in collaboration with Boston Children's Hospital physicians.
Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital
of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with
practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern
Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert
Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Winchester Hospital; Lahey Health Senior Care
and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care
physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care
Together, we are making innovative, integrated healthcare more personal and
more accessible. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, Winchester Hospital, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
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