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.


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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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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Fisher Engineering October Fundraiser for Support Service Fund
ROCKLAND, Maine – Fisher Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER® snow and ice control equipment, raised $10,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund in an October 2013 fundraiser.

Fisher Engineering is again holding a fundraiser for MBCC this October! In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they are making available a special limited-edition pink lift arm kit. This kit is available for purchase through FISHER
® snowplow dealer locations.

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

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly appreciates the generosity of Fisher Engineering!

For media inquiries, please contact:
Fuzz Martin
Public Relations Manager 
EPIC Creative
press@epiccreative.com
(262) 338-3700, ext. 26
(262) 893-4263 (mobile)

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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.


Help spread the word!

Forward or share this email.

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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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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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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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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.


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



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.

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.

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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