AUGUSTA, Maine—Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap today announced the 10-year anniversary of the initial release of Maine Breast Cancer Support specialty license plate, which raises funds to combat breast cancer in Maine.
The plates were first made available to the public on October 1, 2008. Today, there are 25,002 of these “pink ribbon” plates on the road, which have raised $3,141,385, with more than $2,950,047 going to the Breast Cancer Support Services Fund over the past 10 years.
“I am proud that the State of Maine has been a leader in the fight against breast cancer. It’s nearly impossible to find someone whose life has not been touched by cancer, whether they’ve experienced it personally or through the journey of a family member, friend or coworker. And that’s probably why this plate is so popular,” said Secretary Dunlap. “The pink ribbon license plates have allowed Mainers in every community to make their voice heard and to contribute to this ongoing battle. The funds raised by these plates make a difference in people’s lives throughout the state.”
The Breast Cancer Support Services Fund, administered by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is equally distributed to three organizations:
“The establishment of the State’s Breast Cancer Awareness License Plate has provided Maine CDC funding to support more than 4,700 Maine women in receiving breast mammograms,” said Scott Lever, Maine DHHS deputy commissioner of Health Services. “While breast cancer is not preventable, early detection is the best protection. To celebrate this 10th anniversary of the “pink” specialty license plate, Maine CDC encourages women to speak with their healthcare providers about routine screenings for breast cancer.” https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/bcp/
“Maine Cancer Foundation is extremely grateful for the success of the breast cancer awareness license plate, and the reliable income it provides to help in our mission to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer across the state,” said Tara Hill, executive director of Maine Cancer Foundation. “In addition to the valuable funds we receive, the visibility of the thousands of plates traversing Maine’s highways and byways reminds all of us about the importance of prevention and early detection in the fight against cancer. We gratefully celebrate 10 years of this successful initiative with our fellow recipients and thank everyone involved in making it so fruitful.” http://mainecancer.org
The Maine Breast Cancer Support specialty license plate was first released on October 1, 2008 to coincide with the first day of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The plate was the result of legislative action during the 123rd Legislature by then-Representative Meredith Strang Burgess from Cumberland, who is a breast cancer survivor as well.
“I am thrilled to see so many plates all over Maine, but especially happy to see the financial benefits that have been generated and used by the beneficiary organizations, all of which are based here in Maine. Thank you to everyone who has a Breast Cancer plate on your car,” said Strang Burgess.
The Breast Cancer Support specialty license plates can be purchased at all Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle Branch Offices, at many town offices or online at: https://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration/bcplate.html. The initial plate fee is $20 in addition to the regular registration fee when first purchasing the plates. Each renewal is an additional $15.00.
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This BCAM, we would like to extend our many thanks to Congressman Jared Golden, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Senator Angus S. King, Jr. for thinking BEYOND pink and cosponsoring H.R. 2178 and S. 1374 - the Metastatic Breast Cancer Access to Care Act - a bipartisan bill to waive Medicare and SSDI waiting periods for women and men with metastatic breast cancer.
This important legislation goes a long way to ensure that women and men living with metastatic breast cancer have access to the support and medical care they need. The ongoing support of local, state and national breast cancer advocacy efforts by Maine's congressional delegation is greatly appreciated - during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond!
Guest speakers at the conference will include motivational speaker, Barb Cookson;
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC, (The Psychology of Cancer); Ralph Moss (author
of the Moss Reports). The conference will also include a patient/survivor
panel, break-out sessions, complementary therapies, community resources, and a complimentary
The conference is FREE and will be held at the Atlantic Oceanside Conference Center, 119 Eden Street in Bar Harbor from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. For more information please call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 207-664-0339. REGISTER TODAY.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers around the state of Maine will be keeping an eye out for all of our pink-plated supporters. If we spot one, a “You’ve Been Pink’d” card will be left behind for the vehicle’s driver. On the card, the recipient will be told how to go online to register their “Pink’d” card for a free entry into a special breast cancer awareness raffle drawing to be held on November 5, 2019!
If you have received a “You’ve Been Pink’d” card on your vehicle, please submit your drawing entry here.