News and Upcoming Events
Please note: Events listed on this page are listed as a convenience for visitors to our website and are not necessarily sponsored by Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Events sponsored by MBCC will be identified as such.


Join the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Conquerors at the Bangor Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Maine!
The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is excited to again have our very own team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Maine 2014 in Bangor!

For thirteen consecutive years, Susan G. Komen Maine® has awarded major grants to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for our Support Service Fund. These Komen Maine grants are from funds raised at the annual races. Our team needs your support!


Race Information
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Where: Bangor Waterfront
Time: Registration 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Survivors' Ceremony at 9:00
5K Run/Walk starts at 10:00 (1K Fun Run/Walk starts at 10:15)


We Need Your Support! How Can You Help?

Join our team and walk or run the 5K with us!
Register for our team at the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Conquerors team page here. Click on the “Join Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Conquerors” button on the right. If you need help with the online registration, or would like a paper registration form sent to you, contact Christine Haiss at 207-469-8556 or czh1@roadrunner.com.


Sponsor us with a donation:
Click here to visit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Conquerors’ team page; then click on the “Donate to this Team!” button on the right.

Visit us at our display booth!
Drop by at our booth any time after 8:00 a.m. and before the race to meet some of our volunteers and try some pink hairspray! Can’t make the Bangor Race? MBCC will have a booth at both the Portland (Sunday, September 14) and Bangor Races.


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Save the date! Pink Runway Project fashion show and benefit, October 18, Cross Center, Bangor

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day! The first annual Pink Runway Project will be an artful evening of fashion, live music, food and inspirational stories of survival.

The fashion show will feature original pieces created by Maine clothing designers modeled by breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast reconstruction. Enjoy savory hors d'oeuvres and desserts from local chefs. There will be a silent auction during the cocktail hour prior to the show and live music throughout the evening.

Proceeds from The Pink Runway Project will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund and the BRA organization.

For more information and updates, visit pinkrunwayproject.com.

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Auburn: Study for Patients With Hormone Receptor-Positive Advanced Breast Cancer
Update: The enrollment period for the FALCON trial has now ended.

Maine Research Associates in Auburn enrolled eligible women in FALCON, a Phase III study which will involve approximately 600 postmenopausal patients with hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who have not previously been treated with any hormonal therapy.

The study, which is taking place at Maine Research Associates, is part of a global clinical trial through MedImmune Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca.

Maine Research Associates, along with more than 100 other global clinical trial sites,  enrolled patients that are eligible to participate based on the following requirements:

· Female

· Postmenopausal

· Have hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer

· Have not received prior hormonal therapy

For more information about the trial (NCT01602380), please contact 207-782-9835 at Maine Research Associates.

Click here to download a flyer.

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Connectivity Point "Spot, Snap 'N Share" to Benefit MBCC!

       As part of their "Going the Extra Mile" campaign, Connectivity Point Design and Installation of Auburn announced a new social media charitable campaign to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition — Spot, Snap ‘N Share.

Here’s how it works:

1. SPOT Connectivity Point's pink van.

2. SNAP a selfie with the van.

3. SHARE on Facebook with the tag #ourpinkvan

4. LIKE Connectivity Point Design & Installation.

5.
CPDI will donate $5 to MBCC!

Bonus points:
If you can get Rex (the Pink Van Pilot) in your photo, Connectivity Point will give an extra dollar to MBCC.

Bonus, bonus points:
Each month, Connectivity Point will randomly select one of their Facebook followers, who’ll receive The Pink Album, a 2-CD collection of contemporary music by 27 of Maine’s leading female singer/songwriters.

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Susan G. Komen® Maine Awards Major Grant to Support Service Fund

May 2014

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is pleased to announce we have been awarded a major grant of $19,999 by Susan G. Komen® Maine for our Support Service Fund. This grant will significantly help us reach our $221,232 budget goal and will help us to provide a high level of assistance to a projected 350 Support Service Fund qualified applicants this year.

Our Komen Maine grant is especially important because it covers most of our administrative costs. This allows for a greater percentage of other donations to the Support Service Fund to go directly to applicants in need.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Susan G. Komen® Maine for supporting our work with major grants for thirteen consecutive years.

Komen Maine also supports many other important programs in the state. To find out more about Komen Maine, go to www.komenmaine.org.

Photo, l. to r.: Carol Beagan, MBCC Treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee member; Sally Bilancia, Komen Maine Executive Director; Christine Haiss, MBCC Support Service Fund Grants Chair

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Honor the Mothers in Your Life and Support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, too! Scroll down to read about two special events.

The Damariscotta Lake Farm in Jefferson Maine is hosting a delicious Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday May 11. They will be donating part of the day’s proceeds to support the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Mother’s Day is for pampering, honoring and thanking those important women who take care of everyone else all year. What better way to show Mom your appreciation than a lovely lunch and supporting a worthy cause right here in Maine? Donations collected will be used by the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to assist Maine residents in need of breast cancer/breast heath related services.

The Damariscotta Lake Farm and Marina is located at the head of Damariscotta Lake on the corner of Rte. 32 and Bunker Hill Road in Jefferson. The restaurant is looking forward to a busy summer season full of community service events such as this, weddings, lobster bakes and folks stopping in for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Reservations are necessary. Call 549-6088.

Seating will be at 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30.

Entrees include: Prime Rib, Rib Eye with Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Lazy Lobster, Stuffed Haddock, Grilled Salmon, Sirloin Tips and Chicken Monterey

Also: Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Every Mother will receive a carnation!

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Mother's Day Special with Free Dessert for Moms!

FREE DESSERT!! Whale's Rib Tavern at Pilgrim's Inn in Deer Isle will make your Mother's Day special in two ways -- by donating 20% of sales to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, and by providing free dessert to mothers with their entree on Sunday May 11, 2014.

Located at 20 Main Street, Deer Isle, Maine, the Whale's Rib Tavern is opening for the season on Tuesday, May 6th. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and closed Mondays.



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Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club Has Another Great Year of Fundraising for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!

The Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club (GBWSSC) is a long-time and generous supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC). For the past 14 years, they have raised money for MBCC through raffles, silent auctions, ski-a-thons, and craft fairs.

Photo: Members of the Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club present a check to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (L to R: Beth Smart, Andrea Atwater, Elaine Chambers, Christine Urquhart, Deb Forsing, Cathi Cyr, and Janna Stacey)

When asked why the GBWSSC is so dedicated to MBCC, GBWSSC founder, Jan Bennett, says they wanted to do something as a group to help others. They wanted to support a cause important to women and then chose the MBCC because the organization helps Maine people.

In addition to their generous donations to the MBCC over the years, many past and present members of the Ski Club have been active members of the Coalition. So much support for MBCC from this incredible group of ladies! This year they presented the MBCC with a check for $3,819 for MBCC’s Support Service Fund (SSF) and two $50 Irving cards that can be distributed to SSF clients who need help with travel costs during their treatments.

Also through the GBWSSC, MBCC received an additional donation from Doris Shorey, who is a ski club member with a milestone personal goal last year: to raise $1,000 for the MBCC! She achieved this goal!

Doris has an extreme passion for raising awareness of, and ending, breast cancer.  She is a 13-year survivor of the disease who is battling it for the third time. Doris has known of the MBCC for so long that she cannot remember the exact circumstance that first brought her in touch with the organization, but says that she is grateful for all of the support, guidance, and suggestions received from MBCC over the years.

Doris has spent countless hours making and selling crafts this past year and says that it is “how I found something I can do for others. I set this ($1,000) goal to help stay out of the funk of being self-absorbed with my condition.” 

Doris is a truly inspirational person! MBCC is so grateful to her and to all of the Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club members for everything that they do!


Photo: Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club Member, Doris Shorey

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Hannaford Supermarkets Supports Caring Connections’ Bridging Books Program and MBCC’s Support Service Fund
On March 10, representatives from Hannaford Supermarkets, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), and Caring Connections met to mark the launch of a new initiative in which Hannaford supports both the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund and the Caring Connections Bridging Books program. Tom Perry, Director of Operations for Hannaford Supermarkets, presented a check for $2,500 to MBCC. This donation will be used to purchase 250 Pink Albums at wholesale cost. A gift of the album will be included in each Bridging Books packet distributed over about a year’s time to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since all proceeds from Pink Album sales go to the MBCC Support Service Fund, the end result is a $2,500 Hannaford donation to the Support Service Fund, with the additional benefit of support and encouragement for newly diagnosed women through the Bridging Books program.

Caring Connections is a cooperative women’s health program of the Bangor YMCA and Eastern Maine Medical Center. Their Bridging Books program provides resource and information packets to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 50 participating surgeons and other breast health/cancer sites in Eastern and Northern Maine give a packet containing a foundation book and other resource materials to women on the day of or close to the date of diagnosis. Bridging Books is funded by a grant from the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®.

A Bridging Books packet and Pink Albums are shown below:

The Pink Album is a professionally produced, two-CD set of contemporary music featuring Maine-based women singer/songwriters. One hundred percent of proceeds from sales of the album go to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund, since all production costs for the album were donated by PATCO Construction of Sanford, and the artists, producer, and graphic designer donated their services.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and Caring Connections are grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their generosity and their ongoing commitment to community service!



Photo (l. to r. front row): Tom Perry, Hannaford Director of Operations; Suzanne Brunner, Director of Caring Connections; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee member; Christine Haiss, Support Service Fund Committee. (back row): Area Hannaford store managers Steve Bray, Broadway store; Tim Hayden, Brewer store; Jon Ivey, Airport Mall store; Vic Wood, Bangor Mall store

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Look Good - Feel Better: Free Program for Women Undergoing Cancer Treatment--2014 Washington County Dates


Feel better during cancer treatment!
Join us to learn how to look good and feel better about the skin and hair changes that cancer treatment can cause.


•    Free workshops led by trained, volunteer cosmetologists

•    Get help with cosmetics, skin care, and head-covering options


Washington County Look Good… Feel Better Group Sessions will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the following locations and dates:

Calais Regional Hospital
The Classroom      
24 Hospital Lane, Calais
2014: Jan. 11, March 8, May 10, July 12, Sept. 13, Nov. 8

Downeast Community Hospital              
11 Hospital Drive, Machias
2014: Feb. 8, Apr. 12, June 14, Aug. 9, Oct. 11, Dec. 13

For more information and to register, contact Mona Van Wart at 207-454-3906.

Look Good ... Feel Better is a free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology Association.

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Support Group for Calais Area Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

A support, education, and discussion group for women diagnosed with breast cancer is held the second Thursday of each month. The support group takes place at:


Calais Regional Hospital
Health Services Building
Dietitian’s Office
3:00 – 4:00 PM


For more information call:

Mona - 454-3906 or 454-8248
or Eva – 454-2006


email: mona@calaishospital.org or mrsbucket_98@yahoo.com

Sponsored by Caring Connections


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Pretty With a Purpose: Maine Mall Brighton Collectibles Supports MBCC for the Fourth Consecutive Year

The Maine Mall Brighton Collectibles store has been a long-time supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s work.

Brighton Collectibles' 2013 Power of Pink bracelets were created by their own designers to support breast cancer charities. For the fourth consecutive year, for each $60 Power of Pink bracelet sold, Brighton Collectibles (located at the Maine Mall near the Coach store) donated $10 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, resulting in a significant donation.

MBCC greatly appreciates their efforts!


Photo: Barbie Spencer, store manager, at the Maine Mall store

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Boothbay Region Elementary School's "Pink Day"
Ella Spear of LOAFS (Leaders Organizing Activities For School) student organization at Boothbay Region Elementary School organized a "Pink Day" in order to raise breast cancer awareness. Students and others at the school wore pink on Tuesday, November 26th, and nearly $250 in donations were collected. 

A big "Thank You" from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to all those who participated in "Pink Day".

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Fisher Engineering's October Fundraiser a Success!

ROCKLAND, Maine – Fisher Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER® snow and ice control equipment, held an October fundraiser for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund.

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Fisher Engineering made available a special limited-edition pink lift arm kit. This kit was available for purchase through FISHER snowplow dealer locations.

For every kit purchased, Fisher made a $50 donation to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition “in support of” or “in memory of” a person of the retail customer’s choosing.

A total of $10,000 was raised in this way! Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly appreciates this generous donation!

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Rí Rá Irish Pub of Portland Continues Support for MBCC

For the second consecutive year, Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland held an October fundraiser in support of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

The October 11 "Little Pink Dress Party" and silent auction, along with $1 donation cards that were available during the month of October, raised $1,191 for MBCC!

Many thanks to the staff at Rí Rá who worked so hard to make this a successful fundraiser again this year!

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Westbrook Professional Firefighters Association Breast Cancer Awareness Month T-shirt Fundraiser

The Westbrook Professional Firefighters Association held an October "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" T-shirt fundraiser. The proceeds from each T-shirt purchased were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, for a total of $250!

Many thanks to the Westbrook Professional Firefighters Association for their generosity!

You can visit Westbrook Professional Firefighters Association on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Westbrook-Professional-Firefighters/224075810970141?ref=hl

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Maine State Trooper Vehicle Pink License Plates eBay Auction Begins November 15
For Immediate Release
Maine Cancer Foundation
Falmouth, Maine

Maine Cancer Foundation announced that the auction of "Pink" Maine State Trooper vehicle plates would begin on Friday, November 15th at Noon via eBay.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit:

The 203 individually numbered plates have been displayed on the back of Maine State Trooper vehicles throughout the month of October in a display of support for the women and men in Maine suffering from breast cancer.

The idea for the program was conceived by Sgt. Michael Edes, President of the Maine State Troopers Association and approved by Col. Robert A. Williams, head of the State Troopers.

The plates have been signed by the officer(s) from each vehicle and many are accompanied by notes, photos and even "paw prints" from K9 units.

Maine Cancer Foundation is hopeful that the plates will draw wide interest from both plate collectors and individuals with a desire to help in the fight against cancer.

"This is the first cancer-support plate displayed by State Troopers that we know of, "said Cullen McGough, communications director for the Foundation. "We have had calls from all across the country, and even Europe."

Auction Details:

  1. There are a total of 203 uniquely numbered auction items. (Note: a few auction items contain a set of identical plates).
  2. Each auction item contains a Maine State Trooper "Pink" plate and a signed certificate of authenticity.
  3. The auction will take place on Maine Cancer Foundation's eBay page: http://www.ebay.com/usr/mainecancerfoundation
  4. The first batch of plates will be offered on November 15th, starting at noon (EST).

Sample Plate:

(front)

Sample plate (front)

Each plate is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by State Trooper Col. Robert A. Williams and State Trooper Association President Sgt. Michael Edes.


(back)

Sample Plate (back)

Most plates are signed by the officer(s) of the State Trooper vehicle.

Questions? Visit the Maine Cancer Foundation website or call (207) 773-2533

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Breast Cancer Walk in Corinna Benefits Support Service Fund
Nikki Tuttle of Corinna organized a Breast Cancer Walk to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund, and even though the walk was a first-time event, it raised an amazing $4,000!

Nikki is studying to be a nurse and understands the importance of access to quality healthcare. The donation will make a difference in the lives of Maine residents facing breast cancer.

MBCC is grateful to Nikki and all who took part in the walk!

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People's Salon and Spa October "Shop Pink" Fundraiser

People’s Salon and Spa in Waterville held an October fundraiser in  support of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Not only did they hold the fundraiser, but they displayed for their clients a selection of free brochures and booklets with current information about breast health and breast cancer. On November 13, Lise Nickel, salon manager, presented MBCC with a generous donation.

People’s Salon and Spa is a full-service salon that has a long history of supporting the community. From the People’s website:

“At People's we pride ourselves in giving back to the community by donating to local charities and organizations.”

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition appreciates People's selection of our organization for their "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" fundraiser!

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F. R. Carroll Concrete Held a Unique October Fundraiser in Support of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!

F. R. Carroll, Inc. is a family-owned concrete business in Limerick, Maine. They painted their new cement truck pink and have been raising awareness and drumming up support for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund at several events this summer.

But that's not all! Mike Carroll of F.R. Carroll vowed to donate
to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition a dollar for every cubic yard of concrete the company produced during the month of October.
He also challenged contractors and ready-mix suppliers throughout the State of Maine to do the same.




On November 1, Mike Carroll and other family members  presented MBCC with a check for $4,874.75 for our Support Service Fund!
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful for the generosity and kindness of Mike Carroll and the  F. R. Carroll family!

Photo (l. to r.): Frank Carroll, company founder; Mike Carroll; Gail Murphy, MBCC volunteer; Mike's mother, Barbara; Mike's sister, Kathy

There is quite a story behind the pink truck! Mike Carroll wrote:

"The idea for the pink mixer started in February. We bought six used front discharge mixers down south in January and they started to arrive at our facility in Limerick in early February. Matt (our paint specialist) and I started thinking about painting them our traditional colors of yellow and black, but they are a different configuration than the trucks we already owned.

As we were discussing the configuration, we discussed something totally different. What if we painted it pink for breast cancer awareness? What would people in our industry think? My mother at the time had survived breast cancer twice already, and our driver Bob’s mother is a two-time survivor.  I asked my wife and daughters, and they were all for it immediately with no hesitation. Matt did the same and received the same response..." 

Click here to read the rest of Mike's remarkable story.

Watch the WLBZ 2 and WCSH 6 TV video story here.



F. R. Carroll, Inc. was a sponsor of the September 8, 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® in Portland, and they brought the truck to the race. The truck attracted quite a lot of attention there!

Photo: (l. to r.) Matt Baron, F. R. Carroll employee; Rosemarie LeGassé, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition; Paige McGlauflin, race volunteer; Mike Carroll, owner, F. R. Carroll, Inc.




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The Charlie’s Family of Dealerships went PINK for the month of October!

The Charlie’s Family of Dealerships went PINK for the month of October, National Breast Cancer Month. They pledged to donate $100 for every new car sold within their family of dealerships to Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, with their ultimate goal being $25,000.

They have not only met, but have surpassed that goal! On November 4, representatives from the Charlie's Family of Dealerships presented a check for $25,400 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for our Support Service Fund.


Photo (l. to r.): Roberta Wessel, MBCC President; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer; Steve Shuman; Charlie Shuman; Elissa Shuman

All of us at MBCC are grateful to everyone at Charlie's for their generosity!

The Charlie’s Family of Dealerships is truly a family! According to the Shuman family, "Charlie’s first opened in 1986 as a single-point Subaru franchise. Now Charlie’s has eight franchises in two locations, and is still family-run to this day. Even though we have sold over 250,000 vehicles, Charlie’s still has the same values and beliefs that Charlie Shuman started the organization with 27 years ago."

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"Dare to Dance" October Fundraiser

Dare to Dance Fitness in Saco held an October fundraiser in support of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Many thanks to owner, Stacy Layburn, and all who took part!

Stacy wrote:

“We are a group of ladies who have, over the past two and a half years, found each other through fitness.  Each week we meet 3-4 times, for a one-hour dance fitness class. We laugh, we move, we sweat!  More importantly though, we share: our triumphs, our disappointments, and our support for one another.  We welcome new friends with a smile, and hugs are passed around.

For October, we kept a chart of our minutes spent dancing (60 minutes per class) and asking our friends and family to donate money per minute or per class. We are proud to donate this money in support of those struggling to overcome breast cancer, in hopes that the struggles will become triumphs.

 ‘Find the music inside your soul, and turn it up!’  Those are the words that came to mind when I began this fitness class, and I strongly believe in the power we hold inside each and every one of us.   

All right, enough talk, let's dance!!!”       

Dare to Dance Fitness is located at 168 North Street in Saco.

Please visit the Dare to Dance Fitness Facebook page

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Maine Motorcyclists Encouraged to Go Pink Before Putting Bikes Away for Winter!

Effort still underway to collect reservations for new
motorcycle specialty plate

Press release from Maine Cancer Foundation: Portland, ME October 10, 2013 

Maine motorcyclists are encouraged to think PINK and reserve a new Maine breast cancer specialty license plate in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and before they put their bikes away for the season!

It’s crunch time for this exciting effort to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and support through the creation of a Maine Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate for motorcycles, the first- ever motorcycle specialty plate in Maine. Five hundred registrations for the new plates are needed by the time the Maine State Legislature reconvenes in January 2014. 

The driving force behind the plates, breast cancer survivor and advocate, Meredith Strang Burgess, said in order for the specialty plates to become a reality next year, 500 reservations and funds need to be in hand within the next few months.

 “To gain approval from the state to produce the new plates, there is a formal legislative process that we must go through, which includes needing to obtain reservations from 500 individuals along with a payment of $25, which will guarantee them a plate when they become available,” she said.

Online registrations for the Maine Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate for motorcycles can be made at www.mainecancer.org/motorcycle.

Strang Burgess was also the creator of the Maine Breast Cancer Specialty Plate for automobiles in 2008. Since then, there are over 20,000 plates on the road, raising over $550,000 for breast cancer research and support. Strang Burgess said that when the motorcycle specialty plate becomes a reality, 100% of the proceeds from the effort will stay in Maine, and will be split equally between three organizations: 

A specialty plate costs $25 in addition to the regular motorcycle registration fee. Renewal of the plates will cost $15 annually with the cost added to the regular registration fee.

For Motorcycle Specialty License Plate FAQs, one can visit www.mainecancer.org/motorcycle, and for general registration questions,www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration or call (207) 624-9000.

Media inquiries can be directed to Cullen McGough at 207-773-2533 or Meredith Strang Burgess at 207-775-5227.


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Maine State Police Cruisers to Display Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate During October

NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety, from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811 or Colonel Williams – 624-7200

With five breast cancer survivors, all associated with the State Police, looking on, the first State Police breast cancer awareness license plate was attached to a Maine State Police cruiser today.  Colonel Robert Williams, Chief of the State Police, said his department’s marked police cruisers will display the plate during October -- Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The plates were purchased by the Maine State Police Troopers Association and will later be auctioned off as collectors' items by the Maine Cancer Foundation, with the proceeds benefiting three Maine cancer groups (Maine Cancer Foundation, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program). Colonel Williams said, “State Police are pleased to participate in this effort to honor the many lives lost each year and to promote the importance of early detection.”

FULL TEXT OF COL. WILLIAMS’ REMARKS –

“We all know someone that has been affected by breast cancer.  The State Police are no different. We have had co-workers, family members and friends all stricken with this devastating disease.  Last year the Maine State Troopers Association came forward with a project to help those affected by breast cancer.  When they approached me with what they had in mind, I could not have agreed more.  The project will run throughout the month of October, which is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Maine State Police are pleased to participate in this effort to honor the many lives lost each year to this disease, and to promote the importance of early detection.  In this room, there are a number of survivors who have overcome breast cancer, and who have a renewed sense of life because of it.  To each of you, congratulations for winning your battle and thank you for inspiring us that there is hope for the future."    

Photo (left to right): Tara Hill, Executive Director, Maine Cancer Foundation;
Roberta Wessel, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition President; 
Nancy Beadling, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer

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Free Tattoo Removals for Breast Cancer Survivors, Unemployed
Press release from Bangor Daily News, October 13, 2013

AUBURN, Maine – An Auburn-based dermatology clinic will offer free radiation tattoo removals to breast cancer survivors during October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The clinic will also begin offering free tattoo removals to those who have been denied employment in order to increase their employability.

Your Best Skin of Maine will remove breast cancer survivors’ radiation tattoos, which are small permanent marks given to guide radiation treatments. While some survivors embrace these as a sign of strength, said Pat Donahue, owner of Your Best Skin, others are eager to have the reminders removed and move on.

In addition, the clinic will offer free tattoo removals to anyone who feels they were denied employment due to their tattoos. Prospective customers need only bring a recent rejection letter, for any reason, to their first consultation at the clinic.

Your Best Skin opened in May to “restore clear skin and improve self-esteem and employability to customers in the area,” according to Donahue.

The dermatology clinic features state-of-the-art laser aesthetic workstations and offers skin rejuvenation, hair removal, tattoo removal, and wrinkle, spot, and scar reductions.

Your Best Skin is located at 34 Center St., Suite 3, in Auburn. Its website is YourBestSkinOfMaine.com. It can be found on Facebook at /yourbestskinofme, and on Twitter at @YourBestSkinME.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Website: yourbestskinofmaine.com

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“Get Pink’d” at Acapello Salons and Support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Acapello Salons

Once again this year, the team at Acapello Salons is taking part in a "get pink'd" event as an annual fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Acapello Salons of Scarborough, Saco, Falmouth, and Freeport and also the Mensroom Salon and Lounge of Portland are planning to donate 50% of the proceeds they earn from their fundraiser to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. 

During the month of October, clients who want to "get pink'd" may purchase pink hair tints, pink spray (for guys), pink hair extensions, synthetic pink feathers, pink fingernail painting, or a complete manicure with pink nail polish. 

June Juliano, owner of the Acapello and Mensroom Salons, says, “Because we have a large client base of women, many of us have been touched with the reality of this disease and how many women and their families it affects. We also understand that there are many women in Maine without the resources to provide preventative and ongoing healthcare. That’s why we chose to keep the donations right here in Maine.”

Salon employees will be allowed to wear pink t-shirts all this month. If they wish to donate $5.00, they may also wear pink shoes.

All clients will be asked if they would like to donate $1.00 to Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Additionally, one of Acapello's clients will be baking pink cupcakes to sell for $2.00 each at all the Acapello locations one day in October (date to be announced).

Acapello and Mensroom Salons are Aveda Concept salons that are committed to World Class Service and are mindful of the ever-growing need to give back to community.

For more information and salon locations call 885-9595 or visit www.acapellosalonandspa.com.

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Bangor Savings Bank Supports MBCC and Breast Cancer Survivors

Bangor Savings Bank has once again demonstrated their strong commitment to community support. In keeping with their “Community Matters More” philosophy, Bangor Savings “supports hundreds of causes throughout the state and continues to help local organizations energize and enhance the quality of life for Maine citizens." (from the Bangor Savings Bank website)

Bangor Savings purchased and donated 75 copies of the Pink Album, a double CD set to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund, so that each breast cancer survivor at the September 8 Portland Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure® received a copy free of charge. In 2012, Bangor Savings supported a similar initiative at the much larger Bangor Race; they purchased 375 Pink Albums for breast cancer survivors attending that event.

This donation directly benefited not only the survivors who received the albums, but also recipients of the Support Service Fund (SSF). One hundred percent of all donations to the SSF go directly to Fund recipients, since Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s low administrative costs are covered by our Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and Borman Family Foundation grants.

All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly appreciate Bangor Savings’ generosity!

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PATCO Construction Presents Pink Album Proceeds to MBCC

PATCO Construction of Sanford, long-time supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and financial sponsor of the Pink Album, presented to MBCC a check for $4,360 from Pink Album sales. This unique project continues to be a source of income for the MBCC Support Service Fund.

The Pink Album is is an exclusive, professionally produced 2-CD collection of great music by 27 of Maine's leading female singer/songwriters to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. PATCO Construction, as executive producer, covered all production costs, and the performers donated their considerable talents, so 100% of sales proceeds go to the Support Service Fund.


Photo: (l. to r.) Mark Patterson, co-owner of PATCO, Gail Murphy, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer

Co-owners of PATCO Construction, Mark and Greg Patterson, and Mark Medford, project concept and graphic designer, were recipients of the
Maine Breast Health Leadership Award.
This Award honors one or more individuals who have made an outstanding difference in breast health and breast cancer in Maine. The 2011 award was the first time in its fourteen-year history that the award has been given to a company.

To purchase the Pink Album: This double CD set is available for only $19.99 at all Bull Moose Music locations statewide. It can also be ordered from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition directly. Download the order form here.


Borman Family Foundation Awards Grant for Support Service Fund Operational Costs
For ten consecutive years, the Borman Family Foundation of Oakland, Maine has been a strong supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's work. This year, the Borman Family Foundation responded to our need for additional funding for our operating expenses for the Support Service Fund. The Borman Foundation's $1,000 grant will be used to cover our toll-free phone line and postage costs for the second half of 2013.

We volunteers at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are grateful for the Borman Family Foundation's continued support.


Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide Baseball Team Breast Cancer Awareness Night Raises $1450 for Support Service Fund

On July 30th, the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League held a Breast Cancer Awareness Night in conjunction with the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Many thanks to team owner, Pam Gallo, General Manager, Tyler McCarthy, and all the fans and players who took part in the event. $1450.50 was raised for the MBCC Support Service Fund!

Raging Tide players and coaches wore pink jerseys during the game in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans had the opportunity to win the pink game jerseys worn during the game by the Raging Tide players through a raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Raffle tickets were also available at each home game leading up to the July 30th Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

The Raging Tide also donated a portion of the proceeds of each ticket sold for the July 30th game to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund.


Photo (l. to r.): Adam Sargent; team owner, Pam Gallo; Fran Whitten; MBCC volunteer, Gail Murphy



Maine Motorcyclists---Be a Rebel With a Cause!

The pink ribbon specialty plate for cars was released in October 2008. Over 15,000 plates have now been issued, raising over $400,000 for programs here in Maine. Now an effort is under way to offer breast cancer specialty plates to the motorcycle community.

First, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires 500 reservations to start printing this plate! Please help us reach our goal of 500 reservations. Click here to reserve your plate now. Only $25!



Here's how the specialty motorcycle plate program works:

  1. A minimum of 500 Maine residents must pre-order the plate.
  2. Early registrants will receive a voucher in the mail.
  3. The BMV will begin to produce the motorcycle plates.
  4. The breast cancer awareness motorcycle plates will then be available for general order at all BMV branches.

Just like the companion specialty plate for automobiles, the proceeds from this effort will be split equally between three organizations: the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund, the Maine Cancer Foundation for their Women’s Cancer Fund, and the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program for their Mammogram Fund.

100% of the money raised will stay in Maine!

For more information, click here to visit the Motorcycle Plate FAQ page.


Support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by Donating Your Returnable Bottles and Cans

Now there is a new way to show your support for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition! Donate your returnable bottles and cans to us through the Hannaford Community Cash program.

What is CLYNK? It is a bottle redemption system run by a Maine recycling company offered only in Hannaford supermarkets. Their mission is to make recycling easier for customers and at the same time, have a very educational and environmental focus.

It's easy as 1-2-3 to take part! Click here to find out how.


MBCC Presented with Donation at Fraternal Order of Eagles Brewer Aerie 3177 Annual Charity Banquet

On June 25, 2013, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Brewer Aerie 3177 held their annual charity banquet.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the Ladies Auxiliary, and the Pink Sock Foundation donated a total of $3,371 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. When added to donations received from the Eagles at their State Convention earlier in June, the total donation to the MBCC is $13,346!

Ro Legasse' of the MBCC delivered a special remembrance of Linda Huntington at the acceptance of the donation. Linda will be missed by all of us.

The Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Ladies Auxiliary have been a major source of funding for the MBCC and many other Maine charities throughout the state for many years. We deeply appreciate their hard work throughout the year and their hospitality on this incredible evening!


Fraternal Order of Eagles Pink Sock Foundation Benefits MBCC

At the Fraternal Order of Eagles convention on June 8, 2013, in Westbrook, MBCC representatives were presented with a donation of $9,975 for our Support Service Fund. The Eagles and their "Pink Sock Foundation" have been major donors to MBCC for many years.

A special thanks to the Eagles groups that have worked so hard at fundraising. In March, an MBCC representative attended the “All Girls Twist and Shoot” darts tournament at the New Gloucester Eagles Aerie. This event alone raised $7,850! Brewer, Lewiston, Rumford, and Saco Eagles Aeries also held fundraisers, and an upcoming Brewer awards ceremony is expected to push the 2013 total donations from all these Eagles groups to more than $13,000.

MBCC appreciates the Eagles and the Pink Sock Foundation for all of their support. The Eagles strive to help people in need and support a wide range of charities. For more information about the Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles, visit www.foemaine.com.

Photo:( L. to R.) Cathi Cyr, MBCC Secretary; Betty Carter, Gray/New Gloucester Aerie and organizer of the “All Girls Twist and Shoot” fundraiser; Roberta Wessel, MBCC President; Tim Merrill, F.O.E. Maine State Chairman, Pink Sock Foundation


Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Representatives Attend Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® Advocate Summit
By Bethany Zell

            “It’s not just about pink ribbons
             or awareness . . . people ARE aware of
             breast cancer’s path of destruction.” 

As Laurel Bezanson of Portland and Bethany Zell of Caribou arrived in Washington, DC on May 3, 2013, they knew that this message would be at the core of the next four days and were excited to dig in. From new statistics on breast cancer research to a comprehensive overview of the status quo of breast cancer incidence and treatment; from discussions on how we can change the conversation to END breast cancer to the impact of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of breast cancer; from learning how to mobilize our grassroots efforts at a local level to the politics that are vital to the end of this disease, the 2013 Inaugural Advocate Leadership Summit of the National Breast Cancer Coalition did not disappoint. 

Approximately 150 breast cancer advocates from all over the world came to glean leadership skills and strategies, as well as ideas and advanced learning on breast cancer. With an intentionally smaller attendance than in previous years, the advocates from Maine were afforded more intimate small-group interactions with leaders in the breast cancer community, like Dr. Susan Love, the president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and author of “Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book” and Dr. Dennis Slamon, chief of Hematology and Oncology at UCLA whose research led to the development of the breast cancer drug, Herceptin. 

On Tuesday, May 7, as the summit culminated, Laurel and Bethany had the honor of sharing their experience and knowledge on breast cancer with each of Maine’s Senators and Congressmen in a whirlwind day on Capitol Hill. As a result of those visits, Senator Susan Collins has again agreed to be a lead sponsor of the Senate’s Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, and Rep. Chellie Pingree has signed on to the House version. Find out more at http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/.

photo: Maine Breast Cancer Coalition representatives, Bethany Zell (left) and Laurel Bezanson (right), with Senator Susan Collins



Stanley Subaru of Ellsworth Supports the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

On May 22, 2013, Roberta Wessel, President of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, presented Stanley Subaru owner, Mark Politte, with a certificate of appreciation from the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. (photo)

Stanley Subaru is the 2013 sponsor of the WLBZ2 Buddy to Buddy Program, supporting breast cancer awareness and education. Four representatives from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition were Stanley Subaru’s guests at a “Business After Hours” Buddy to Buddy Reception in April. At the reception, Stanley Subaru presented Pink Albums to fifty guests and dignitaries at the event.

Stanley Subaru’s purchase of these Pink Albums resulted in a significant donation to MBCC’s Support Service Fund. We greatly appreciate their support and their commitment to the community!

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Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® Awards Major Grant to Support Service Fund

April 2013

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is pleased to announce we have been awarded a major grant of $40,000 by the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® for our Support Service Fund. This grant will significantly help us reach our $167,615 budget goal and will help us reach our goal to provide a high level of assistance to a projected 360 Support Service Fund qualified applicants this year.

Our Komen Maine Affiliate grant not only provides a large contribution toward grant awards to qualified applicants, but also covers our administrative costs. This allows 100% of other donations to the Support Service Fund to go directly to applicants.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for supporting our work with major grants for twelve consecutive years. To find out more about the Komen Maine Affiliate go to www.komenmaine.org. A list of all current Komen Maine Affiliate grantees can be found on their site at http://www.komenmaine.org/grants/current-grant-recipients.

Photo, l. to r.: Roberta Wessel, MBCC President; Cathi Cyr, MBCC Secretary; Sally Bilancia, Komen Maine Affiliate Executive Director; Carol Beagan, MBCC Treasurer; Christine Haiss, MBCC Support Service Fund Grants Chair


Breast Cancer Freebies: Help for the body, soul, and pocketbook---when you need it most!
The Breast Cancer Freebies website provides information and links to many organizations "whose mission it is to make the breast cancer journey a little easier and take the burden off your wallet with free wigs, hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation, and more."


Ride To Wellness Program: Transportation Assistance to Breast Cancer Treatment for Penobscot and Piscataquis County Residents
If you or someone you know is in need of diagnostic services or has been diagnosed with breast cancer and lives in Penobscot or Piscataquis county, the Ride to Wellness program can help ease some of the burden and stress.

Penquis/The Lynx and CancerCare of Maine have joined forces to provide transportation services or mileage reimbursement for medical treatment of breast cancer, including diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation, support groups, and more. Lynx volunteer drivers can pick up individuals at their homes and bring them to treatment. The program also provides mileage reimbursement at 21 cents per mile for those who transport themselves; also friends or family who transport.

There is no income level requirement.
The Ride to Wellness Program is funded by the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

For more information call The Lynx at 973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969.       


One Million Women :: One Research Goal :: One Revolutionary Opportunity
It's been five years since the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation launched the Love/Avon Army of Women, a groundbreaking initiative that partners women with breast cancer researchers to find the key to what causes breast cancer and take science beyond a cure to prevention.

Women have taken personal action to raise millions of dollars by walking, running, and donating to the fight against breast cancer. These dollars have helped advance breast cancer treatment and move us closer to a cure. But there is still no prevention. Now the Love/Avon Army of Women offers a singular new opportunity -- a simple but revolutionary call to action for one million healthy women of all ages and ethnicities to join the “Army” and be available to take part in the research that will help scientists understand the causes of breast cancer—and how to end it once and for all.

The unique impact of the Love/Avon Army of Women is that it serves as an online resource providing researchers much-needed and unprecedented, timely access to healthy women -- a critical component to prevention research. At the same time, the program offers women the opportunity to play a significant, direct role in helping eradicate breast cancer. Virtually all women not currently undergoing breast cancer treatment, including healthy women, breast cancer survivors, and women who are high risk for developing breast cancer, can enroll in the Love/Avon Army of Women online at www.armyofwomen.org, providing basic information and indicating their willingness to consider participation in future research studies.

Click here to download an Army of Women brochure.

Thank you to the team at Acapello and Mensroom Salons!

The team at Acapello Salons in Scarborough, Falmouth and Freeport, Acapello Salon and Spa in Saco, and also the Mensroom Salon and Lounge of Portland held an exciting annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, 2012. All four Acapello locations and the Mensroom took part in a fundraiser for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund and raised $1,843.59!

Pink hair extensions, synthetic pink feathers, pink hair tints, pink spray (for the guys) and many other fun ways to “get pink’d” were available during October as part of the fundraising effort.

June Juliano, owner of the Acapello and Mensroom Salons, says, “Because we have a large client base of women, many of us have been touched with the reality of this disease and how many women and their families it affects. We also understand that there are many women in Maine without the resources to provide preventative and ongoing healthcare. That’s why we chose to keep the donations right here in Maine.”

Acapello and Mensroom Salons are Aveda Concept salons that are committed to world-class service and are mindful of the ever-growing need to give back to community. The salons are long-term supporters of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and have contributed significant funds to the Support Service Fund over the past few years.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition thanks owner June Juliano, manager Tina Preble, and all the Acapello and Mensroom team members for their hard work on the fundraiser!

Photo: Scarborough Acapello Salon team members June Juliano (owner), Jenna Gammon, Lindsay Tracy, Stephanie Dulisse, Amanda Dale, Meg Thurston, Amy Conicelli, and Jennifer Gammon are shown with MBCC certificates of appreciation for the five salon locations. Tina Preble, manager, was not available for the photo.


Long-time Supporter Brighton Collectibles Holds "Power of Pink" Fundraiser

For the past few years, beginning each October, Brighton Collectibles of Maine Mall in South Portland has been selling “Power of Pink” bracelets and donating $10 for every bracelet sold to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. Brighton Collectibles recently presented a MBCC representative with a check for nearly $600 for their 2012 fundraiser! This donation will go directly to Support Service Fund recipients in need.

The Maine Mall Brighton Collectibles store has been a long-time supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s work. We greatly appreciate their efforts!

Carmen Darkis, MBCC Volunteer, Among Award Winners Honored

On October 3, 2012, Maine Cancer Foundation presented four individuals with awards at the 11th Annual “Cure Breast Cancer for ME” Luncheon: Carmen Darkis, Lenore Kraus, Stephanie Freedman and Dr. Neal Goodwin. The “Cure Breast Cancer for ME” luncheon was started in 2002 by Meredith Strang Burgess as a way to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to raise money for the Women’s Cancer Fund, a source of grants dedicated to cancer research, education and patient support for Maine women.

This year’s award winners fall into four categories: Community Outreach, Medical Care & Research, Lifetime Inspiration and the Meredith Burgess Spirit of Life Award. Each award seeks to exemplify an individual or organization that has achieved success above-and-beyond the ordinary, in the fight against breast cancer in Maine.

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is proud to announce that Carmen Darkis of Bangor, a long-time Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer, has been presented with the Lifetime Inspiration Award. Carmen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988 and has been living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer since 1993, surviving a remarkable nineteen years with the deadly condition. “I don’t let cancer live my life,” says Carmen. “I live my life because I love being alive.”

Despite two decades of almost continuous treatment, Carmen is an active volunteer with the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, where she serves as recording secretary and engages in political advocacy at the state and national level. She has devoted her efforts to putting a face to late-stage breast cancer, advocating for more research and encouraging other women diagnosed with breast cancer, showing them that life can still be lived to the fullest.

The Community Outreach Award was presented to Lenore Kraus, LCSW, OSW-C, a licensed clinical social worker and a certified oncology social worker who has pioneered local efforts to adopt comprehensive psychological care for breast cancer patients.

The Meredith Burgess Spirit of Life Award was presented to Stephanie Freedman, RN, of Scarborough. Freedman is a breast cancer survivor, as well as a survivorship navigator for the Cancer Institute at Maine Medical center.

The keynote speaker and winner of the 2012 Medical Care & Research Award will be Dr. Neal Goodwin, Director, Research and Development In Vivo Pharmacology Services from the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Dr. Goodwin is at the forefront of a new effort to collect and house a tissue bank of cancer tumors, including samples provided by Maine women, through the Jackson Laboratory.

Since its inception, the “Cure Breast Cancer for ME” Luncheon has raised over $450,000 to support Maine women by providing grants for patient support programs, or by earmarking funds for research programs. The selection and distribution of the grants are overseen by an independent selection committee organized by Maine Cancer Foundation. In 2011 Maine Cancer Foundation distributed more than $1 million to local organizations.

To find out more about Maine Cancer Foundation visit www.mainecancer.org.

Photo: (left to right) Lenore Kraus, Carmen Darkis, Dr. Neal Goodwin, and Stephanie Freedman. 


Breast Cancer Deadline 2020: The End of Breast Cancer by January 1, 2020
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) has a unique history and an unmatched record of accomplishment in breast cancer. Since NBCC’s inception in 1991, the organization’s mission has been to end breast cancer. Now, NBCC has set a deadline: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® – the end of breast cancer by January 1, 2020.


According to NBCC, “These are not just words; we have a strategic plan to get there. While the vast majority of resources are focused on finding the next treatment, NBCC is doing something very different. We are bringing together unprecedented collaborations among scientists, visionaries, and advocates to catalyze, plan and implement work in two major areas: how to prevent metastasis to save lives and how to prevent the development of breast cancer.”


Sign the Petition to the President! Urge President Obama to commit to a leadership role in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

To find out more about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® and the National Breast Cancer Coalition go to www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/about-nbcc/.


The PINK Album: Great music for a great cause!
The Pink Album is is an exclusive,  professionally produced 2-CD collection of contemporary music by 27 of Maine's leading female singer/songwriters to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. These remarkable performers have donated their considerable talents in support of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Nearly two hours of great music!

To purchase: This double CD set is available for only $19.99 at all Bull Moose Music locations statewide. It can also be ordered from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition directly. Download the order form here.

All proceeds benefit the Support Service Fund. With your purchase, you make a difference in the lives of Maine residents in need!

For more information and updates, visit The PINK Album website at www.mainepinkalbum.com  and The PINK Album Facebook page often! 

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Study to Examine Videoconferencing Use for Rural Breast Cancer Survivors with Chemotherapy-Related Memory Problems
The following is a press release by the EMMC Clinical Research Center and the Lafayette Family Cancer Center.

Bangor--Research investigators at Eastern Maine Medical Center and the University of Maine have received a grant from the National Cancer Institute and Office of Research on Women’s Health to evaluate the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral therapy CBT) for rural breast cancer survivors with memory problems caused by chemotherapy. Because rural cancer survivors often have to travel long distances for follow-up care after cancer treatment, this research will study the effectiveness of using videoconference technology to reduce travel.

Cognitive-behavioral therapies, or CBTs, are usually short-term, non-drug behavioral programs aimed at improving symptoms and overall health function. Memory problems following chemotherapy, sometimes called “chemo-fog” can occur in about 25-40% of cancer survivors and can be long term. To date, there are no well established treatments. However, one program, called “Memory and Attention Adaptation Training” or “MAAT” has been developed and previous research suggests MAAT helps cancer survivors better manage treatment-related memory problems. The question is will MAAT be effective if the behavioral treatment is done through a video monitor with sound versus being face to face with a clinician.

The title of the project is “Videoconference CBT for Rural Breast Cancer Survivors with Cognitive Complaints” and the principal investigator is Dr. Robert J. Ferguson, a clinical health psychologist with Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Lafayette Family Cancer Center. He is also the author of MAAT. The co-principal investigator is Dr. Sandra Sigmon, Professor of Psychology at the University of Maine.

The researchers are seeking adult breast cancer survivors with chemotherapy-related memory problems and who have completed chemotherapy at least 6 months prior to entering the study. There is no limit as to how long they have had memory complaints after chemotherapy, months or years. Individuals with other neurological problems such as stroke, brain injury or severe psychiatric illness will not be eligible. Interested individuals can call a toll free number at 1-855-973-7322 to see if they would qualify for the study.


Maine Specialty License Plate Benefits Breast Cancer Services, Including the MBCC Support Service Fund
Do you have your Maine Breast Cancer Specialty license plate yet? The proceeds from this specialty plate help support breast cancer education, research, and patient support here in Maine.

The proceeds are split equally between three beneficiaries: the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for our Support Service Fund; the Maine Cancer Foundation for their Women's Cancer Research Fund; Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program for their mammogram fund.

The plates are available from BMV branch offices and most town offices. For more information go to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Specialty Plate page at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration/bcplate.htm or call the Registration Unit at 207-624-9000, Extension 52149.

Greater Bangor Women's Ski and Snowboard Club: Long-time Supporters of the Support Service Fund

The Greater Bangor Women's Ski and Snowboard Club (GBWSSC) annual sign-up party on Wednesday, November 13, at the Bangor Ski Rack was very successful. A lot of new members have joined this year and the evening was a great time.  

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) members Ro LeGasse', Elaine Chambers, and Cathi Cyr attended the event. The GBWSSC is a long-time supporter of the MBCC Support Service Fund. Ro expressed thanks to the Ski Club for their years of support and read some thank you letters written by Support Service Fund recipients - a very moving few minutes.  

The evening was capped off with a drawing for the winners of the two $100 Irving gift cards and the $25 Hannaford gift card that Ski Club members had been selling tickets for during the past 6 weeks; also a silent auction for some exciting donated items. All proceeds benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund!  

Club benefits include deep discounts on lift tickets for four Sunday trips to Sugarloaf and luxury coach bus transportation from Bangor. Discounts are also available on rental equipment and lessons. For more information, contact the Club at their Facebook page with the message button.

Shown in photo L to R: Ro LeGasse’ of the MBCC Support Service Fund and Elaine Chambers, GBWSSC liaison for MBCC


Pepsi Beverages Company in Auburn Holds Fundraiser for the Support Service Fund
Many thanks to Lee Morin and the employees of the Pepsi Beverages Company in Auburn for a donation of $1,168 to be matched by the PepsiCo Foundation, for a total of more than $2,300! During October, the Auburn employees sold pink bracelets with Pepsi logos to raise money for a breast cancer organization. We are grateful that the Auburn Pepsi Beverages Company selected the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund as the recipient of their fundraising efforts.


Cape Porpoise Kitchen Holds Fundraiser
Many thanks to the Cape Porpoise Kitchen, which held a fundraiser for the Support Service Fund in honor of an employee in breast cancer treatment.

Shown in the photo (L to R): Diana Rose of the Cape Porpoise Kitchen presenting a check for $345 to Ro LeGasse’, Support Service Fund Program Assistant and MBCC volunteer.


Mothers and Daughters Sought for Breast Cancer Study
Mothers and daughters are being sought for a study being conducted by a student through the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. This study is being conducted for research purposes.

Mothers are eligible if they have previously been or are currently undergoing breast cancer treatment. Their daughters are eligible if, at the time of the breast cancer diagnosis, the daughter’s main place of residence was not in the mother’s home. This may include, but is not limited to: a daughter away at college, living with another family member, or living in her own home.

Please note it is asked that both mother and daughter decide to participate in this study. Daughters must currently be 18 years of age or older.

If eligible, mothers and daughters will be asked to take part in separate surveys, with follow up interviews being optional. If you and your mother or daughter meet these requirements and are interested, please contact the student conducting the study from the information below:

For more information click here or contact Taryn Noll at TLN5038@psu.edu or 215-595-4120.



Valley of Courage: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families
In May, 2007, Fish River Rural Health (FRRH) in Eagle Lake, Maine started a breast cancer support group called “The Journey.”  The idea for a book began at that first meeting after the participants heard many inspiring, heartfelt stories about courage by survivors and their families.  Nearly three years later, the idea became a reality with the publication of Valley of Courage: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families.  
Those who contributed to the book hope the stories will inspire and provide guidance for others journeying through breast cancer and their families. The powerful stories send messages of faith, hope, strength, courage and the importance of community, family and friends.  The book allows readers an opportunity to connect through the stories with courageous individuals who live in the St. John Valley or have connections to the Valley. 

Some voices from the book…
Betty Dumond reflects on her journey, stating, “I know that life isn’t easy and sometimes you have to give up what you love the most, but I wouldn’t trade my journey.”   Carolyn Gardner remembers thinking of her family and shared, “Going through my cancer treatments, I would often think it is just as hard for the family of the patient with cancer as it is for the patients themselves.”  The book’s most senior survivor, Mabel Guimond, 102 years old, as written by her daughter Mary Daigle, states, “On peut pas passer la vie sans rien.” ("We cannot pass life without hardships or challenges.")

Dorothy Hopkins, chief editor of the book says, “Each voice is unique, but common threads tie the stories together, reflecting the special qualities of the St. John Valley and its people.”  

Proceeds from book sales go directly to FRRH’s Breast Cancer Support Group “The Journey.”

Ordering information:
To order a copy, please contact Sue Bouchard of Fish River Rural Health at sbouchard@frrh.org  or 207-444-5973.  Books ordered through the FRRH are at a discounted price of only $10 per copy plus shipping. (For Eagle Lake area residents, there are no shipping costs if arrangements can be made for pickup.) The book may also be ordered through Amazon at $14.95 plus shipping.



 

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