A recent letter criticized my friend, Roger Katz, for his presence at MaineGeneral’s Walk for Hope, suggesting that Katz was there campaigning. The writer is wrong.

Lipman & Katz’s team, Cheryl’s Angels, including Katz, was walking in honor of my mother, Cheryl Chessa, and all other breast cancer survivors, including a family member of his own.

Like others on our team, Katz raised money for the event, and he walked the route with us. Like any candidate, he had a few campaign stickers with him, and those of us who are friends gladly wore them.

He did not hand them out or campaign during the walk.

Katz is a kind and generous member of our community, who has a life outside of politics. Like the other 1,000 people who participated in the event, Katz was there to support a great cause. He should not be criticized for doing so.

Melissa Reynolds O’Dea


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