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.
You can read more about about “Paws for the Cause” and see photos from the event on the Medomak Valley All-Sports Boosters Facebook page.
All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition want to thank all the athletes, their parents, coaches, the booster organizers and all the other volunteers who made this event possible!
Photo, left to right: John Murphy and Gayle Murphy, organizers and sponsors; Matt Lash, MVHS athletic director; Michelle DePatie, Boosters president; Pam Sirois, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition board chair; Carol Beagan, MBCC treasurer
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