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.
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.
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 the Cure® 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 all 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.
Learn to cope with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Look Good… Feel Better is a free program to help women who are undergoing cancer treatment. It is offered in group sessions which provide education, information, and support.
• Practice make-up techniques with skin-care products
• Become informed about free wigs and turbans
• Take home complimentary cosmetics
Washington County Look Good… Feel Better Group Sessions will be held 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the following locations and dates:
Calais Regional Hospital
24 Hospital Lane, Calais
2013: Jan 12, Mar 9, May 11, July 13, Sept 14, Nov 9
Downeast Community Hospital
11 Hospital Drive, Machias
2013: Feb 9, Apr 13, June 8, Aug 10, Oct 12, Dec 14
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.
Acadia Lymphedema Conference will be held on October 25 and 26, 2013
at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel, 123 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine.
Stanley Rockson, MD, Director, Stanford University Center for Lymphedema and Venous Diseases, Kathleen Francis, MD, Lymphedema Physicians Services, Livingston, N.J. and others will educate the medical and patient communities about the advances in research, diagnosis, treatment and care of lymphedema.
For more information, please contact the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 207-664-0339.
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 Hancock or Washington County, the Sunrides
to Wellness program can help ease some of the burden and stress.
Agency (WHCA) can provide transportation services or mileage reimbursement for medical
treatment of breast cancer, including diagnostic services, chemotherapy,
radiation, support groups and more. WHCA volunteer drivers can pick
individuals up at their home and bring them to treatment or any service that is
part of treatment. The program also provides mileage reimbursement for those
who transport themselves. There is no income requirement.
The Sunrides to Wellness Program is funded by the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
For information call WHCA at 877-374-8396 or 546-7547 or 664-0012.
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 four 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. 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! 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!
There are still “Power of Pink” bracelets available for
purchase at the Maine Mall store. For more information call the store at 207-761-8311.
3, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 375 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 16 Bangor Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure® received a copy free of
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® grant.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly appreciate
Bangor Savings’ generosity!