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The month of December is usually filled with family, friends and many holiday gatherings.  Often times, by the end of month we are looking forward to the new beginnings that a New Year brings.  As you start to think about your New Year Resolutions for 2018, we encourage you to make these changes recommended from our friends at American Cancer Society that could help prevent cancer.

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According to the 2014 Maine Cancer Surveillance Report, tobacco use (including cigarettes, cigars, flavored cigars, chewing tobacco and snuff) is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. With your generous support, MCF strives to help prevent countless tobacco-related cancer diagnoses across Maine.

Since 2015, Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded $1,376,380 to tobacco prevention and cessation projects statewide. Curious about the tobacco cessation and prevention services your donations provide? Here are two of our current grantees:

Peer-Led Tobacco Cessation Training at Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse
Clubhouse International is a multi-national non-profit organization with over 300 community-based centers that create sustainable solutions for people with mental illness. Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse, located in Bangor, opened their doors in October, 2012. The intentional community “improves the quality of life for individuals who experience mental illness by providing social, vocational, and educational opportunities.” In 2016, Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse received a Maine Cancer Foundation tobacco cessation grant to develop a peer-led program for Clubhouse members who want to quit using tobacco products.

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For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV interview Maine Cancer Foundation Program Director, Aysha Sheikh, about the recent funding project focused on youth tobacco prevention.  Click here to learn more about this $750,000 project to combat the efforts of big tobacco. 

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020


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As statewide organizations, Maine Cancer Foundation and Maine’s Impact Cancer Network, understand the need to connect with all of our partners and colleagues across the state. Last week, our staff, Katelyn Michaud and Heather Drake, took a road trip to Aroostook County with stops in Presque Isle, Caribou, and Fort Kent.

The trip was a fantastic chance to meet with current and prospective partners, learn more about their work, and brainstorm ways our organizations can collaborate in order to reduce the impact of cancer in Maine.  Curious about where Katelyn and Heather ended up? Here’s a recap:

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In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #7 is the story of Mike Monahan as he shares his struggle with tobacco and the resources helping him quit.