As the weather becomes cooler and the holidays draw near, we pause and offer a moment of gratitude to you. Thank you for standing up for cancer care in Maine. Because of your support, we are changing the landscape of this disease in our state.
Everything we do is possible because of you. The stories you share inform our work and the services you provide change people’s lives. The energy you bring fuels our events and the hours you volunteer make each step possible. And finally, your generous gifts allow us to challenge cancer and reduce the burden for thousands of our neighbors, friends, and family members.
Heather Drake joined Maine Cancer Foundation in September 2016 as Program Manager for the collective impact initiative now called Maine’s Impact Cancer Network. In our latest guest blog series, Heather shares important perspectives about building relationships and bridging cultural gaps throughout Maine.
Maine Cancer Foundation Board Member Sarah Mayberry recently attended the Community Change Institute, a week-long conference in Toronto. Sarah is the Program Coordinator for the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, whose mission is to "reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through the promotion of strong voluntary policies that lead to reduced tobacco use and increased tobacco-free living throughout Maine."
In our guest blog series, Sarah shares insights about the conference, including a call for Mainers to help us Challenge Cancer 2020.
Challenge Cancer: 2020 is our visionary initiative to cut cancer rates in Maine by 2020. Our goal of a future 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.
Recently we sat down with one of our stakeholders: Theresa Knowles, Vice President of Quality Improvement for Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC). Since 2015, PCHC has received two Maine Cancer Foundation grants to create patient navigator positions to increase colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screenings. These positions are responsible for outreach to PCHC and St. Joseph’s Healthcare’s adult population for gender and age-related cancer screenings. Theresa recently served on our 2016 Patient Navigation grant review team to help award $466,725 to strengthen positions across the state.
This past summer, more than 1,000 women raised over $1.65 million in support of Maine Cancer Foundation’s largest event of the year, the Tri for a Cure. For the Tri’s 10th anniversary on July 23, 2017, we are setting our sights even higher – and some participants have already started fundraising to help us get there.
There's another triathlon brewing in Maine! On September 17, the 14th annual Lobsterman Triathlon will kick off from Freeport's Winslow Park, with charitable proceeds supporting our Challenge Cancer 2020 Initiative. The Lobsterman Tri is an Olympic-distance race open to men and women who want to push themselves to the next level and challenge cancer along the way.