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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.
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
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.
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
3:00 – 4:00 PM
For more information call:
Mona - 454-3906 or 454-8248
or Eva – 454-2006
Sponsored by Caring Connections
The Maine Mall Brighton Collectibles store has been
a long-time supporter of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s work.
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.
appreciates their efforts!
Photo: Barbie Spencer, store manager, at the Maine Mall store
Giasson of Sevastra Photography held a gallery show in October and made a generous donation to MBCC. In
memory of her sister, who passed away from breast cancer, Brenda donated
20% of the proceeds from the show to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund.
wrote, “Since October is Breast Cancer
Awareness month, it seemed only fitting that I donate 20% of my fine art sales
during the show at The Vault to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support
Service Fund. It was a year ago last March that my sister, Carol Berube, passed
from stage 4 breast cancer.
She was a fighter. We were very lucky
to have had her another four years (after her diagnosis). Right to the very end,
she never gave up hope that something wonderful, maybe a miracle would happen,
and she would suddenly be cured and no longer be considered terminal. She
certainly did not see herself that way.
She was an amazing daughter, mother,
wife and grandmother and shall always live in our heart.”
Thank you, Brenda, for making this tribute to your sister's strength
and fighting spirit by choosing the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund for your donation.
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.
big "Thank You" from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to all those who participated
in "Pink Day".
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!
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!
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
For Immediate Release
Maine Cancer Foundation
Maine Cancer Foundation
announced that the auction of "Pink" Maine State Trooper vehicle plates
would begin on Friday, November 15th at Noon via eBay.
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."
- There are a total of 203
uniquely numbered auction items. (Note: a few auction items contain a set of
- Each auction item contains a
Maine State Trooper "Pink" plate and a signed certificate of
- The auction will take place on
Maine Cancer Foundation's eBay page: http://www.ebay.com/usr/mainecancerfoundation
- The first batch of plates
will be offered on November 15th, starting at noon (EST).
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.
Most plates are
signed by the officer(s) of the State Trooper vehicle.
Questions? Visit the Maine Cancer Foundation
website or call (207)
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!
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
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition appreciates People's selection of
our organization for their "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" fundraiser!
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;
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition; Paige McGlauflin, race volunteer; Mike Carroll, owner, F. R.
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."
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!
“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.
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
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.
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
Specialty License Plate FAQs, one can visit www.mainecancer.org/motorcycle, and for general
registration questions,www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration or call
inquiries can be directed to Cullen McGough at 207-773-2533 or Meredith Strang Burgess at 207-775-5227.
NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public
Safety, from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 626-3811 or
Colonel Williams – 624-7200
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.
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
FULL TEXT OF COL. WILLIAMS’
“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
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
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:
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
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
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
For more information and salon locations call 885-9595 or visit www.acapellosalonandspa.com.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Here's how the specialty motorcycle
plate program works:
- A minimum of 500 Maine residents must pre-order the
- Early registrants will receive a voucher in the mail.
- The BMV will begin to produce the motorcycle plates.
- 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
For more information, click here to visit the Motorcycle Plate FAQ page.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
“It’s not just about pink ribbons
. . . 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/.
Breast Cancer Coalition representatives, Bethany Zell (left) and Laurel
Bezanson (right), with Senator Susan Collins
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)
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!
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.
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 2013 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
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."
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.
It's been five years since
the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation launched the Love/Avon Army of Women
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.
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
basic information and indicating their willingness to consider participation in
future research studies.
Click here to download an Army of Women brochure.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 is
is an exclusive, professionally produced 2-CD collection of
contemporary music by 27 of Maine's leading female singer/songwriters to
the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. These
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!
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.
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.
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.
in photo L to R: Ro LeGasse’ of the MBCC Support Service Fund and Elaine
Chambers, GBWSSC liaison for MBCC
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.
Many thanks to the Cape Porpoise Kitchen, which
held a fundraiser for the Support Service Fund in honor of an employee in breast
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 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.
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.”
To order a copy, please contact Sue Bouchard of Fish River Rural Health at email@example.com 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.