The Brewer Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and the Brewer Ladies' Auxiliary presented checks totaling $3,169 to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. They also announced that the Support Service Fund will receive an additional donation of $5,240 through the statewide Eagles organization, making a total donation of $8,409! This extraordinarily generous contribution will go a long way in helping Maine residents in need of breast cancer or breast health related assistance.
The Brewer Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Ladies Auxiliary, along with the State Eagles organization, have been a major source of funding for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for many years. We deeply appreciate their hard work in fundraising throughout the year, and their hospitality on this wonderful evening!
Top photo, left to right:
Larry Dawson, Secretary of the Brewer Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Eagles State organization; Ro LeGasse, MBCC Support Service Fund program assistant
Bottom photo, left to right: Brenda Thurston, past President of the Brewer Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary; Steven Johnson, Vice President of the Brewer Aerie; Christine Haiss, MBCC Board of Directors and Support Service Fund Committee member
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!
Normally, Bethany and other advocates from Maine travel to Washington, DC in May to participate in the annual training Summit and Lobby Day, where they meet with Maine’s congressional members or their staff. Although lobby day meetings were held virtually this year, advocates from Maine still met with Maine’s delegation to discuss legislative priorities that would positively impact research for a breast cancer vaccine as well as supports and resources for those living with and at risk for breast cancer. #NBCCOnTheHill
Some participants who fill out the survey will also be invited to participate in an optional sub-study, which includes a medical record review, a blood or saliva sample, and tumor analysis. Findings from the survey and optional sub-study may help the research team discover how to help people live longer after a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer.
The study is recruiting internationally women and men age 18 or older who have been diagnosed with metastatic (or stage IV) breast cancer. Click here to learn more or to join the study.