In its 20 years of existence, the Support Service Fund of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition has awarded grants totaling over $2.3 million to more than 4,500 Maine residents and for this accomplishment, we are so proud and grateful. We could not have done it without our incredibly dedicated Support Service Fund program assistant and the MBCC volunteers who have comprised the Support Service Fund committee through the years. Additionally, the generosity of our collaborative partners, granting agencies, volunteer members, business and individual fundraisers and supporters has been essential to our success and remarkable to witness.
As we begin the process of closing our Support Service Fund, we will continue to accept applications for those needing financial assistance until October 30, 2020. Updated information will continue to be available on our website at mainebreastcancer.org as well as our Facebook page at facebook.com/mainebreastcancer. We have not yet determined whether the coalition will continue to exist in a different capacity – perhaps as an advocacy-only organization. Those details will be shared as decisions are made.
Again, we thank you for your partnership and for your role in the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s contributions to those living with and at risk for breast cancer in Maine throughout our 26 years as a coalition and the 20 years of our Support Service Fund!
Our Support Service Fund program assistant and volunteer committee members work from their own homes, so we will be able to continue processing applications received by October 30, 2020. After that date, the Support Service Fund will be permanently closed to applications. (Please see the "Important Changes" statement on the left.)
With cancer patients being one of the populations most vulnerable to the current COVID-19 threat that we are facing in Maine and around the world, it is imperative that we all work together to get through this and closely follow the guidelines suggested by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC).
You can find the most current and reliable information about COVID-19 in Maine by visiting the Maine CDC website at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml