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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.

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On Tuesday, October 17th, Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) staff members joined 360 public health professionals at one of our favorite events of the year: the Maine Public Health Association’s (MPHA) Annual Meeting.

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Challenge Cancer 2020 is our visionary initiative to cut cancer rates in Maine by 2020. Our goal for a Maine less burdened by cancer requires active participation from people and communities across the state. Our success depends on inviting key stakeholders to the table to share strategy, tactics, and experience.

We recently sat down with one of our stakeholders: Sarah Mayberry, Program Manager of MaineHealth’s Center for Tobacco Independence. Before moving to Maine Health, Sarah was the head of the Breathe Easy Coalition (BEC), which received several Maine Cancer Foundation tobacco prevention grants.  She currently serves on MCF’s Board of Directors, to help us understand the importance of tobacco use prevention in Maine.

When Sarah was young, she dreamed of going into the medical profession. She grew up in Norway, Maine, and eventually attended the University of Southern Maine where her early dreams directed her studies in human biology and biochemistry. While she had no formal plans to enter the public health arena, her first jobs out of college set the wheels in motion.