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 #2 is the story of the Beck family. In 2014, an MRI revealed a tumor in Derek’s brain. He was only 6 years old. Maxine and her husband rallied around Derek, but as treatments mounted, so did their debt. With the help of Town and Country Federal Credit Union and a loan officer named Erica St. Onge, the Beck family managed to get their finances back on track.
Maine Cancer Foundation's Director or Programming, Aysha Sheikh, discusses financial toxicity. We believe every Mainer should have access to the best cancer care regardless of income. Your generous support makes it all possible.
For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 feature, our partners at WMTW-TV highlight the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis for Mainers. The story also includes one of Maine Cancer Foundation's 2016 transportation grant recipients at the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.
Your generous support helps ease the financial burden for cancer patients throughout our beautiful state. Thank you!
Maine Cancer Foundation is excited to announce a new funding project with the Portland Sea Dogs and the City of Portland Public Health Division for the 2017 baseball season! The campaign will include both sunscreen dispensers as well as sun safety promotion and education throughout the ball park. The Portland Sea Dogs baseball games at Hadlock Field are popular events in Maine lasting from April through September, and the sunscreen dispensers would act as a sustainable tool for increasing sun safety and preventing skin cancer.
In May we will talk a lot about melanoma and sun safety so stay tuned for more information about the project.
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.
To celebrate National Public Health Week (April 3-April 7), we caught up with Heather to learn more about her profession, why this week is important, and tips towards a healthier lifestyle!
What's National Public Health Week all about?
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.