This is not a real headline- a single car accident that killed and injured so many would spark an instant outcry with demands for improvements to our roads and improvements to automobile safety.
And yet: more than 3,100 people in Maine will die of cancer this year, and another 8,200 will diagnosed at some stage of the disease. Where is the demand for change?
Cancer care is a complicated and far-ranging affair that confronts patients with many challenges including; "what are my treatment options?" "how do I manage my medicines?" "how do I establish post-treatment therapy?" "what are my financial options?" and many more.
Trained Nurse Navigators are the first and best advocate for a cancer patient, and care centers that provide this service see marked improvements in patient outcomes.
This past month, Maine Cancer Foundation has been proud to award 2-year grant funding to provide nurse navigation service at four Maine cancer care centers including, Sebasticook Valley Health, The Aroostic Medical Center, the Healthy Community Coalition of Franklin County and Penobscot Community Health Care.
This great local band raised over a thousand dollars to help fight cancer in Maine and we really appreciate their willingness to remind people early detection saves lives! If something doesn't seem right, get it checked out as soon as possible.
Thanks to the thousands of Tri for a Cure supporters who voted for us in the Red Sox Impact Awards, we've been selected to receive a $10,000 award! Thank you for your votes!
If you're watching Sunday's Red Sox Game (1:30 start time) keep your eyes out for Tara Hill our Executive Director. She will be on the field receiving the award.
(Left to right: Cullen McGough, Morgan Hamre, Marty Hamre, Tara Hill)
We had a remarkable group of over 500 volunteers working with us during Race week-end. Some were from Maine, some from out of state, and some from other countries as far away as Estonia. I believe our youngest volunteer this year was 13, and I don’t know for sure but I am pretty confident we had a couple octogenarians in the group! The jobs our volunteers do, from wet-suit stripping, to serving food, to parking cars, to medical support, to assuring athlete safety, all make this race possible. It may sound over-used, but it’s really true. This couldn’t happen without you.
On Sunday, more more than 1300 women joined us to swim, bike and run for the Tri for a Cure. Despite a rainy start, the passion and excitement was visible on every face.
Our day was full of thrills, watching the first wave of cancer survivors dive into Portland Harbor, bike through the hills and marshes of Cape Elizabeth, and finally run along South Portland's lighthouse-dotted shoreline. The real joy came at the finish line, where we saw so many triathletes join hands with friends and family to complete the last few steps together.
WEX President and CEO Melissa Smith announces gift at the 2015 Tri for a Cure Opening Ceremony
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 27, 2015-- WEX (NYSE: WEX), a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, today announced that it will continue serving as the Presenting Sponsor of the Tri for a Cure for Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF), a statewide source of cancer grant funding, through 2018.
Our sincere thanks to Steve Girard and XtremeAerialView for providing this beautiful aerial footage of the race. You can see more of this great work at www.XtremeAerialView.com
(Above: Jay Collins Announces Challenge Cancer 2020 plan at the McKernan Center.)
South Portland, Maine. An ambitious new plan to cut Maine’s cancer rates 20% by the year 2020 was announced on Wednesday by Jay Collins, Maine Cancer Foundation Board Member and VP, International Operational Execution at WEX Inc.