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.
Caring Connections staff wrote, “This year we will be gathering together for rejuvenation, relaxation, and connecting with other breast cancer survivors at the YMCA Wilderness Center at Camp Jordan on Branch Lake. Our retreat is happening a little early this year, Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2019. This 2-day event is free to any woman from the state of Maine who has had a breast cancer diagnosis, and can be at any stage of diagnosis. Participants are welcome to participate in as many or as little of the activities as they would like.”
Click here for more details and registration information.
Check out the online benefit silent auction at Bidding Owl. There are lots of great items up for bid!
The event will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Sunset Ridge Golf Links at 771 Cumberland St, Westbrook, Maine.
See the poster above for signup information and details!
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 conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beginning in October 2018, Fisher
Engineering made available a special limited-edition pink lift arm kit. This kit was
available for purchase through Fisher snowplow dealer locations. For every kit purchased,
Fisher Engineering made a $50 donation to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, totaling
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition greatly appreciate Douglas Dynamics' ongoing support!