Our friends at Maine Public Health Association have shared a powerful message about our public health infrastructure in Maine. We share in support and solidarity.
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: Michael Reisman, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center (BCWCRC) in Ellsworth. Since 2010, BCWCRC has received three Maine Cancer Foundation grants to support access to care for Downeast cancer patients. Currently, BCWCRC along with Healthy Acadia are in the first year of a three-year grant to fund two part-time cancer patient navigators in Washington County. Reisman also serves on the Leadership Roundtable for Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (a statewide initiative, currently led by Maine Cancer Foundation), in order to address the high rates of cancer in the state.
In our latest blog series called Snapshots, 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.