The third annual Pink Cart to the Cure benefit golf event was held at the Sunset Ridge Golf Links in Westbrook on September 15, 2019. It included a golf game, food, music, a silent auction, raffles, and prizes. It was a huge success and a lot of fun, too, raising $5,000 for Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund!
Many thanks to Sunset Ridge Golf Links, which hosted the event, to all who attended, to the business and individual sponsors, to the many volunteers, and a special thank you to event chair April Burnell and co-chair Charlotte Darling, who both worked so hard all year to make this wonderful event happen. All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are so grateful!
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.