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.
Last week, Rosemarie (Ro) LeGasse, the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's dedicated Support Service Fund program assistant, and Ro's uncle, Gene Moreau, had the pleasure of meeting long-term donor Darlene Gleba in Rockland.
Every year since 2011, Darlene and her husband John have been major donors to the Support Service Fund through fundraising at their annual Gleba Open golf tournaments. Click here to read about the 2019 tournament.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are so appreciative of the Gleba's generosity!
Photo: Rosemarie LeGasse (left), Darlene Gleba (right), and Gene Moreau
In recognition of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this past October, Hannaford supermarkets throughout Maine made it easy for their customers to help Maine residents with unmet breast cancer or breast health-related needs.
For the sixth consecutive year, during October, Maine Hannaford customers were able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local stores, raising $7,478.94 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!
Earlier this year, Hannaford Supermarkets donated $2,500 worth of food cards to
the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. These are being awarded to qualified Support
Service Fund applicants who need 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 made donations. These donations will make a difference in the lives of Maine residents in need.
For more information about the club or to join, visit their Facebook page here.
Photo: front row, third and fourth from left, MBCC representatives Carol Beagan (MBCC treasurer and Support Service Fund Committee member); Ro LeGasse (Support Service Fund program assistant)
Click here to read about the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Artemis Project, which was referenced in Dr. Susan Love's press release.