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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9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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In addition, earlier this year Hannaford Supermarkets made a generous donation to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition of $2,500 worth of food cards, which were awarded to Support Service Fundapplicants who needed support for living expenses and nutrition while in breast cancer treatment.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their support
and to all the generous shoppers who make donations. These donations will make a difference
in the lives of Maine residents in need.
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 4:15 and 6:00 games
Hannaford Turf, Cape Elizabeth High School
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are so pleased that CEGS has again selected our organization as the recipient of the funds they raise at the game. We send our thanks to all the young athletes who are taking part, their fans, and the event organizers!