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Biking for the Belly raises money for appendix cancer research

News Release — Biking for the Belly
Oct. 1, 2018

Stephen Mease
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$56K Raised to Research Rare Appendix Cancer to Honor Dr. Barrett Peterson
Biking for the Belly Brings Friends and Family Together

Friends and family of Dr. Barrett Peterson gathered in North Hero on Saturday, Sept. 22, to honor his memory and raise more than $56,000 for research to find a cure for a rare cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP).

More than 250 people participated in “The Biking for the Belly” ride/run/ walk that originally had a goal of raising $10,000. Support from classmates at Saint Lawrence University, Jay Peak, fellow dentists, and a broad extended Peterson and Neff family, friends and neighbors from North Williston, Burlington and Montpelier helped the event blast past the original goal.

“We could not have imagined a better send off for my Dad — not only did we raise awareness and over $56,000 funding for education and research to find a cure for Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP) cancer, commonly referred to as Appendix Cancer, but we also enjoyed beautiful bike rides and runs along the shores of Lake Champlain, with perfect weather, and the best company,” said Peterson’s daughter, Haley, who organized the event with the help of dozens of friends and family members.

Proceeds will benefit the ACPMP Research Foundation. Donations can still be made at: Learn more about the rare disease at

A memorial service was held on Sept. 21 in the North Hero Community Center. Barrett Peterson, 58, died on July 4, after a three-and-a-half year fight against PMP. He was a partner at Champlain Orthodontics, a volunteer member of the Jay Peak Ski Patrol, a dedicated outdoorsman who loved building canvas canoes and exploring the lakes of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada with his family and friends.

Barrett Peterson’s building skills and energy was legendary, according to his family, no less than 17 post-and-beam barn raisings, fireplaces of epic proportions; a cedar canvas canoe for each of his four kids upon college graduation and a fifth for his wife, Mary. Always harboring a bit of the Renaissance, Barrett also was famous for his beekeeping, waterskiing, Volvo refurbishing, marathon running, dog whispering, pizza on the grill and pie making.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his children, Haley (and Gary), Conor (and Tai), Addie and Emmett. He also leaves his mother, Jean Peterson, and brothers Eric (and Cheryl) and Matt (and Aimee), along with a large extended family of in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Chuck.

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