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.
This event is life changing, the camaraderie is unbelievable and the cause is so important.
This year I am participating to honor 3 special friends. Kieara Robinson, a nurse who works with me in the NICU at MMC who is a special person fighting a battle to cure a stage 3 astrocytoma (brain tumor) and two very special friends in Texas who have battled lung cancer and lymphoma in the last 12 months. All of these are very special and extremely important people to me. I am constantly amazed by their bravery and perseverance. Cancer touches everyone.
Hi everyone, this is a photo of my husband and his siblings: a wonderful family of 5 with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. This is one of the last photos taken of them all together. Four out of five have been diagnosed with cancer.
We lost Susan over 30 years ago, third from the bottom right, at the young age thirty-three from melanoma. She left behind a three year old son, a newborn daughter and loving husband.
Jessica Dunton will be one of a 1,000 athletes participating in the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Tri for a Cure. This will be her third Tri for a Cure. But in 2013, Jessica never imagined she would participate in the Tri, let alone any triathlon.
That was the year Jessica started a new job in Saco with Town & Country Federal Credit Union and became friends with her co-worker, Jennifer Owen. When the two met, Jennifer was in the midst of treatment for breast cancer. Jessica marveled at how strong and open Jennifer was in talking about her experiences and struggles living with cancer and her chemotherapy treatment.
When Cancer hits..it hits hard. It hits home.
Who knows anyone who hasn't been affected by it? My relationship to Cancer began when I was a toddler. My mom was given 6 months to live. Ovarian Cancer. She took one day at a time. She lived until the day I graduated from High School. She was a fighter, a volunteer, a beautiful model, a devoted mom.
Subsequently I lost my High School boyfriend to Lymphoma, a few years after my mom..and then my best friend Jane to Lung Cancer a few years ago. In between, too many more friends to list have been taken from me. Most of you know my story.