There are now more than 12 million men and women throughout the United States who are Cancer Survivors. Tens of thousands of them live in Maine.
In these last decades, the focus of cancer research has rightly been on the medical aspects of the disease, with goals of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. That is where priorities must remain. But, the impacts of cancer go well beyond the reach of medicine. After their cancer diagnosis, many people are never the same; and their challenge is to figure out their new normal.
Cancer comes in many varieties -- lung, stomach, breast, blood, kidney, colorectal, prostate, and many others – but survivors share a set of issues and questions. How, in particular, can people find “healing, health, and happiness after cancer?” What are the barriers and what leads to success?
The Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer, a statewide, all volunteer nonprofit organization, (www.mcfpc.org) is preparing a series of 30-minute videos about the quality of life after cancer treatment. We want to explore the way cancer affects people’s lives and feelings and learn from the varied experiences of the many who have undergone treatment.The first video will feature those whose treatments have concluded and are in remission. The second will consult professionals who work with survivors. The third will deal with those whose treatments are ongoing. The videos will be shown statewide in Maine and will be available on the MCFPC website.
MCFPC is reaching out to people whose lives have been impacted by cancer and is asking them to complete a survey. (The link to the survey is available on the home page of its website: www.mcfpc.org.) The survey is not intended as academic research. Rather, it will inform our program and help us to illustrate and understand the concerns, needs, and successes of many different people. Responses to the survey will be totally anonymous to us and to our viewers and participants will not be identified in any way. Survey results will be reported on the website and will be referenced on the program itself.
We have much to learn and will benefit from as broad a participation (people and kinds of cancer) as possible. Please help.
The MCFPC website (www.mcfpc.org) currently contains a series of 30-minute videos that can easily be viewed online. (A DVD can be requested for the cost of postage.) The last two videos feature Maine support services such as the Cancer Community Center, The Dempsey Center, and the Beth C Wright Center. Earlier videos deal with “Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer: Similarities and Differences” and with issues related to prostate cancer.
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.
The conference continues to provide cancer survivors, caregivers, health care professionals and interested community members about information and resources. It is also is a day of healing, hope, health and inspiration for all.
The conference will run from 9 a.m.–3:15 p.m., with registration beginning at 8. Lunch is available at no charge to all participants and there will also be door prizes. There will be representatives from health care and social service organizations.
For more information or to register, contact the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at 664-0339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to a fantastic buffet lunch, guests will enjoy fabulous door prizes and amazing guest speakers. They will leave the event empowered and equipped with information on how to do more for the breast cancer cause than buy pink ribbon products. Attendees will also leave the event prepared to “Think BEYOND Pink” all throughout the year with great breast health resources and information.
To register or for more information, please call or email Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director, by Wednesday, October 25, at 498.1361 or email@example.com.
All of us at MBCC are so grateful for the Eagles Club members' hard work in raising
funds for our organization!
Photo left to right: Ro LeGasse, Support Service Fund program assistant; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer and SSF committee member; Deidra Harvey, chairperson for MBCC for RFOE, her mother Janet Magoon, member of RFOE, and her father, David Magoon, RFOE Trustee.