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ANNUAL MARY’S FIREMEN FOR A CURE INTRODUCES SECOND SKI RACE, ALLOWING ANYONE TO
HIT THE SLOPES WITH FIREFIGHTERS TO EXTINGUISH BREAST CANCER
Event on March 7 at Shawnee Peak Ski Area to Raise Awareness and Funds for Breast Cancer
January 28 press release: BRIDGTON, ME — Mary’s Firemen for a Cure™ will
once again host the organization’s annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser at
Shawnee Peak Ski Area in Bridgton, Maine on March 7, 2015. The organization is
proud to announce the inaugural Friends of Mary Race, which is a separate race
with no restrictions on who may enter. WTMW Channel 8 will return this year as
the event’s official media sponsor.
Over the past 11 years, Mary’s Firemen has raised over
$100,000 for the Maine affiliate of Susan G. Komen. The firefighters’
ski race features races between departments from all over northern New England.
Teams of five firefighters race down a slalom course in full turnout gear while
carrying a 50ft length of hose. The more money a team raises, the more time comes
off the clock. For instance, if a team raises $1000, ten seconds will be
deducted from their final race time.
The first-ever Friends of Mary Race will begin immediately
after the firefighters’ race and will have the same format, but any team of
five can register and race down the course carrying the hose. No gear is
required for this race. The race is open to anyone, but survivors and those
affected by breast cancer are encouraged to enter.
“Mary's Firemen for a Cure is our largest third-party fundraiser
and has helped to fight breast cancer in Maine communities and fund national
research to find the cure,” said Victoria Abbott, Acting Director of the Maine
affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “We are sincerely appreciative for their generosity
and belief in our mission.”
In 2004, Mary and Wayne Allen started “Firemen for a Cure”
to give firefighters the opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Mary was a long-time employee at Shawnee Peak and had successfully fought
breast cancer for nearly 10 years. Wayne is a volunteer firefighter in North
Bridgton. Mary and Wayne wanted to
create a fun event for firefighters while fighting for a cause that was all too
personal for them. Unfortunately, Mary lost her courageous battle in 2005, but
Wayne and her three adult-children, Christine Suau, David and Ryan Soutter
decided to keep the race going, renaming it, “Mary’s Firemen for a Cure” in
2006. “Over the years we have had so many people ask how they could enter a
team, and now, with the Friends of Mary Race, anyone can!” said Mary’s son
David, a Major in the Army Reserves. “My mom started something special, and we do
our best to honor her by continuing to raise awareness and money to fight this
WMTW personalities Erin Ovalle and Paul Merrill will return
to emcee this year’s event. Registration will begin at 8:30am on March 7, 2015,
with the firefighters’ race beginning at 10:00am. The Friends of Mary race will
begin immediately afterward. The entry fee is $150 per team which includes five
day/night lift tickets at Shawnee Peak for the day of the race and a chili
lunch. Teams that register by February 21 will also receive a t-shirt for each
racer. $25 lift tickets and $15 rentals are also available for family members
of competitors. There will also be raffles, prizes, kids’ contests and obstacle
course, and more!
To register a team, to learn more or to make a donation,
please visit the organization’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MarysFiremenforaCure.
For any questions, email David Soutter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Susan G. Komen Maine®.
For more information call The Lynx at 973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969.
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.
In 2014, a second book, Valley of Hope: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Families and Friends, was published.
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 in Maine or have
connections to the Valley.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from book sales go directly to FRRH’s Breast Cancer Support Group, “The Journey.”
To order a copy, please contact Joni Michaud 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. FRRH is also offering a bundle
with both the Valley of Courage and Valley of Hope books for $18. (For Eagle Lake area residents, there are no shipping costs if arrangements can be made for pickup.)
The books may also be ordered through Amazon.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this past October, Hannaford Supermarkets made it easy for its customers in Maine to help individuals with breast cancer or breast health related needs.Throughout October, Maine Hannaford customers were able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local store, raising $5,209 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their support and to all the generous shoppers who made donations. These donations will make a big difference in the lives of Maine residents in need.
On November 7, representatives from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition were honored to take part in a formal presentation of a check for $10,000 raised at the Pink Runway Project Gala.
Bangor Plastic & Hand Surgery sponsored and organized the first annual Pink Runway Project, which was held at the Cross Center in Bangor on October 18, 2014. The event was a gala evening of fashion, live music, food, and a celebration of survival and choice.
The New York-style fashion show featured original pieces created by Maine
clothing designers modeled by breast cancer survivors who have undergone
The $10,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund was raised through a fabulous silent auction at the event.
The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Dr. David Branch, Dr. Heidi Harrington, and the staff at Bangor Plastic & Hand Surgery for their generosity and all the hard work they put into this wonderful event!
Proceeds from The Pink Runway Project were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund and the BRA organization.
Photo (l. to r.): Dr. Heidi Harrington; Dr. David Branch; Carol
Beagan, MBCC Treasurer; Cathi Cyr, MBCC secretary; Pam Sirois, MBCC
Board Chair and Chair of the Support Service Fund Committee
The Health Of Women (HOW) Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer.
The Study is being conducted at the
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in collaboration with City of Hope
Comprehensive Cancer Center.
What is the Health of Women Study?
From the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation website:
"The majority of women who get breast cancer have none of the known
clinical risk factors. This means we don’t know what causes breast
cancer or how to prevent it.
The HOW Study is a first-of-its-kind
international online study for women and men with and without a history
of breast cancer. We will collect information about your health, your
job, your diet, and your family history, among other topics that can
help us get a better understanding of breast cancer and its potential
The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over
time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it. HOW
will also study long-term breast cancer survivors in order to get a
better understanding of how they are beating the odds. This is the first
time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting data entirely
online. We are excited by this approach because it will allow us to ask
every question any of us (including you) ever wanted answered. We
believe this is the first study that will allow the participants to
submit questions they want studied, and we are eager to hear what you
want us to do!
Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you will receive
periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health
and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call
to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive
health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental
exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about
60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to
This is a partnership, and we need you for the long haul. The
more questionnaires you fill out, the more information we will have that
can help us have a better understanding of why women get breast cancer."
Click here to join the HOW Study or find out more.
November 6, 2014
For the second year in a row, F. R. Carroll Concrete, Inc. held a fundraiser for the Maine Breast Cancer
Coalition's Support Service Fund. F. R. Carroll is a family-owned concrete
business in Limerick, Maine. Last year, they painted their new cement truck pink and donated to MBCC a dollar for every cubic yard of concrete the company produced
during the month of October.
Michael Carroll recently presented MBCC with a check for $4,936.50 from their October 2014 fundraiser. When added to last year's donation, this family-owned business has donated almost $10,000 to MBCC!
There is quite a story behind the pink truck. Watch the WLBZ 2 and
WCSH 6 TV video story here.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is
grateful for the generosity and kindness of Mike Carroll and the F. R.
The Messalonskee High School Girls' Soccer Team donned pink socks and hair ribbons in a recent match to raise breast cancer awareness.
Additionally, they had a baked goods table during the game and accepted donations. They raised over $100 for Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Thank you, Eagles!
PowerPay of Portland's Giving Committee organized a "wig and hat day".
Employees made a donation to wear their favorite wig or hat for an entire work day. At the end of the day, the participants posed for a group picture.
The proceeds were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
The Fifth Annual Freedom Drive
Open Golf Tournament took place on October 4 at the Rockland Golf Course.
John Gleba, organizer of the event, donated $1,372 raised at the tournament to
the Support Service Fund in honor of his wife,
Darlene Steeves Gleba.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to all who took part in
making this generous donation!
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
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
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:
Public Relations Manager
(262) 338-3700, ext. 26
(262) 893-4263 (mobile)
Update: The enrollment period for the FALCON trial has now ended.
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.
study, which is taking place at Maine Research Associates, is part of a global clinical
trial through MedImmune Specialty Care Division of AstraZeneca.
Research Associates, along with more than 100 other global clinical trial
sites, enrolled patients that are eligible to participate based on the
· Have hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast
· Have not received prior hormonal therapy
more information about the trial (NCT01602380), please contact 207-782-9835 at Maine
Click here to download a flyer.
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
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
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
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. A Bridging Books packet and Pink Albums are shown below:
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®.
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
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.
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. Visit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition CLYNK fundraising page directly here.
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
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."
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.
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® – to know how to end 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.”
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.
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.