Manchester’s Cross named by Hassan as Granite Stater of the Month

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Deborah Cross. Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has named Manchester’s Deborah Cross as July’s “Granite Stater of the Month.”

After surviving Stage 4 cancer, Deborah used her artistic talents to create photo journals to help other cancer patients process their emotions and find resilience.

After recovering from endometrial cancer in 2014 and living cancer-free for almost four years, Deborah’s cancer came back. While she was devastated by the news, she also found solace in the creation of booklets with photos of nature in New Hampshire.

Some of the proceeds from the sales of the booklets go to the North of Boston Cancer Resource.

Hassan launched the “Granite Stater of the Month” initiative in 2017 to recognize outstanding New Hampshire citizens who go above and beyond to help their neighbors and make their communities stronger.

Past Manchester recipients have included a child that inspired a litter cleanup movement and a Paralympian.

To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a “Granite Stater of the Month,” constituents can complete the nomination form here.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.