When lymph nodes are removed or damaged during breast cancer treatment, it can result in painful and debilitating swelling. This condition is known as lymphedema, and experts estimate that from 20% to 30% of women will experience some level of lymphedema after breast cancer surgery or radiation.
Currently, Medicare and many private insurance policies fail to cover the costs of the daily compression supplies people with lymphedema need to control their swelling. People who can’t afford these supplies are left with worsening lymphedema, which can lead to infections and even long-term disability.
The Lymphedema Treatment Act would end this injustice by changing Medicare law to cover compression supplies—setting an important precedent for Medicaid and other insurers to do the same.
All women deserve access to comprehensive lymphedema treatment. Write and call your legislators and tell them to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
During this past October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maine Staffing Group invited their flaggers in Maine and New Hampshire to participate in a Pink Hard Hat fundraising campaign. All proceeds from the campaign were matched by Project Flagging and were donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition in Sharon’s name. All flaggers received a pink hard hat to wear for the month of October to show their support.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful for the generosity of Maine Staffing Group and all of the flaggers who took part in the Project Flagging Pink Hard Hat campaign. Our hearts go out to Sharon Burns’s family and friends. We are honored to accept the $5,000 donation to our Support Service Fund in Sharon's name.
Photo, left to right: Richard Holden, Maine Staffing Group Managing Partner; Ursula H. Bernier, Northern Regional Manager; Barbara Mahoney, Managing Partner; Laurel Bezanson, MBCC volunteer; Mark Burns, Managing Partner; Shannon Strickland, Southern Regional Manager
The students took part in a one-mile walk/run and collected pledges totaling $852.39! The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers who accepted the check were so impressed with these young people who raised such a big donation for our Support Service Fund. Read more here.