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.
As we go through the process of closing our organization, we are continuing to accept Support Service Fund applications for those needing financial assistance until October 30, 2020. We are funding these qualified applicants through our remaining third-quarter funds, and we are deeply grateful to all of our supporters who have made this possible! However, as of October 1, we are no longer able to accept donations to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
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.
Updated information will continue to be available on our website at mainebreastcancer.org as well as our Facebook page at facebook.com/mainebreastcancer.
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!
They raised an amazing $5,000 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support
Service Fund in just one day! That brings the four-year total of funds raised
at the tournaments to well over $13,000! All proceeds were donated to MBCC’s Support Service Fund and will help Maine
residents with unmet breast cancer or breast health related needs.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are grateful for the generosity of the owners of DND Disc Golf, sponsors, donors, and all those who took part in the fundraiser!
Read more about the event at DND Disc Golf’s Facebook page.
Group Photo: Back, left to right---Carol Beagan, MBCC Treasurer; Tammy Tillson; Kaitlyn Longley; Liz Tusing, MBCC Secretary and Fundraisers Coordinator. Front: Abigail Tillson, Lillian Tillson
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