It is estimated that 1,350 Maine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
this year and 180 will die of this disease.
The Maine Breast Cancer
Coalition is a non-profit, grassroots, volunteer-based organization established in
1992. We are a partnership of breast cancer survivors, health care professionals,
representatives from cancer-related organizations and supporters. We share a common
We are dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of Maine people
- Financial support for underserved people
with breast health or breast cancer needs
- Advocacy for breast cancer research and legislation
- Education to promote knowledge about breast
cancer and quality care
Breast Cancer Coalition: An Idea Becomes a Reality
about how a small group of women with big ideas launched the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Article by Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer and long-time volunteer, June
"It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since a small group of breast
cancer patients and their friends and family members joined our leader, Linda Morneault,
to hold the first Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Bangor. It was a very emotional
day, as twenty years ago the survival rate for breast cancer was much lower than it
is today. It was to be the beginning of a long journey for many of these women. Many
of the leaders of the breast cancer community have lost their battle with breast cancer,
but some of the original members of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, which was formed
in 1992, are still active and still advocating for better health care for all."
the whole article.
The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition has
received many honors and awards including:
- Lymphedema Patient Advocacy Award was awarded to the
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by the Maine Lymphedema Network in October of 2006.
We were honored for our work in providing financial assistance to lymphedema patients
through our Support Service
Fund. Since 2003, we have provided awards totaling tens of thousands of dollars
for lymphedema compression garments and treatments for underserved patients.
- 2 Those Who Care Agency of Distinction Award Maine
Breast Cancer Coalition was awarded the 2005 "2 Those Who Care Agency of Distinction
Award" in recognition of our Support Service Fund, a financial assistance program
for underserved Maine residents with breast health or breast cancer-related needs.
The award is presented to an outstanding volunteer organization each year.
- Maine Cancer Foundation’s “Citizen Advocate Award” was
awarded to MBCC in recognition of the difference we have made in the lives of recipients
of our Support Service Fund.
- In 2004, the Support Service Fund was featured in a poster session at the National
Breast Cancer Coalition annual Advocacy Training Conference. The session
publicized successful programs that could be replicated elsewhere.
- We received national recognition in 2003, when a Support Service
Fund representative was invited to make a presentation at the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s sixth annual Mission Conference, Delivering
the Promise, which showcased innovative breast cancer projects supported
by the Foundation’s grant programs. The Support Service Fund was selected
as an example of an innovative and effective program targeting support services for
the medically underserved.