Mag-a-palooza: A day to honor the memory of one spunky, funky kid

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Maggie Philbrook
Maggie Philbrook

MANCHESTER, NH – Within weeks of her 13th birthday in 2013 Maggie Philbrook was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer. Maggie, who was a student at Hillside Middle School in Manchester, responded well to treatment, but just about a month and a half before the anticipated end of her chemotherapy, the cancer was discovered in her spine and the protective covering of her brain.  Just about one year after her diagnosis Maggie lost her fight on Feb. 2, 2014. She is greatly missed every day by her pScreen Shot 2015-04-30 at 8.39.28 AMarents, brother, sister, many other family members and friends.

Maggie was a percussionist who said she liked “to play loud things.”  Through Maggie’s Beat, her supporters are keeping Maggie’s drum beats – and heart beats – alive.

In her honor and memory, everyone’s invited to Mag-A-Palooza 2015 on June 7 at Veterans Park in Manchester. The music festival and Mag-A-Palooza 5K is meant to celebrate Maggie’s life and support those organizations that helped Maggie and her family in their time of need.

Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased at Pappy’s Pizza.

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The event is also meant to promote local and regional bands. Line-up includes:

Delanie Pickering
2014 Granite State Music Festival Scholarship Recipient

Gretchen & The Pickpockets
WINNER 2015 NE Music Awards Best NH

Ross Livermore Band
2015 NE Music Awards Best Mass nominee

Adam Ezra Group
2013 NE Music Award Best Band Of The Year

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