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The Merrimack Sponsors Rock ‘N Race for 9th Straight Year

Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), a subsidiary of New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB), has once again been named lead sponsor of the Rock ‘N Race to benefit Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care. This is the Bank’s ninth consecutive year as naming sponsor of the Merrimack County Savings Bank Rock ‘N Race. The Merrimack has also contributed more than $330,000 to Payson Center and has supported the event since its inception.

The Merrimack Supports 2017 Rock ‘N Race on May 18th as Naming Sponsor

The 5K walk/race takes place on Thursday May 18 at 6 PM on the State House lawn in Concord, NH, and features several food stations, plus nine live musical acts situated throughout the course to keep runners and walkers motivated.

With more than 6,000 annual participants, the Merrimack County Savings Bank Rock ‘N Race is the largest 5K race/walk north of Boston, raising more than $4.4 million since its first event in 2003. All proceeds ensure patients receive the highest quality medical care and best treatment options available.

“We are very grateful to the Merrimack for sponsoring Rock ‘N Race and for championing our efforts to do all we can do to provide exceptional care to cancer patients and their loved ones,” said Pamela Puleo, Executive Director of Concord Hospital Trust. “The Bank’s generous support over the years has allowed us to offer state-of-the-art medical care to patients close to their homes. We couldn’t do it without the wonderful support of corporate neighbors, like the Merrimack.”

“We’re honored, in our 150th anniversary year, to continue supporting Payson Center for Cancer Care,” said Philip Emma, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank. “The Rock ‘N Race brings our entire community together to honor, celebrate and pay tribute to loved ones who’ve been touched by cancer. We’re thrilled to continue supporting this outstanding event.”

As a one of Concord Hospital’s five centers of excellence, Payson Center for Cancer Care offers a comprehensive array of services including cancer-related specialists, diagnostic technology, radiation and medical oncology, surgery, rehabilitation, outreach, screening, early detection programs, spiritual care and financial counseling among many other resources and amenities. All proceeds raised from the Rock ‘N Race go toward supportive programs and financial assistance for cancer patients in need.

Founded in 1946 from a merger between the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital and the Memorial Hospital for Women and Children, Concord Hospital is a non-profit, charitable organization which exists to meet the health needs of individuals within the communities it serves. As a regional health system, its five centers of excellence include: Center for Cardiac Care, Center for Urologic Care, Payson Center for Cancer Care, the Orthopedic Institute and Women’s Health Services. Concord Hospital Trust serves as the philanthropic arm of Concord Hospital. For more information, visit

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