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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.
MBCC President Bethany Zell wrote,
"Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® is the National Breast Cancer Coalition's global initiative to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. As leaders in the breast cancer movement and supporters of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, we are committed to being a part of this important work. As leaders, we are also raising money to support the plan of action to achieve our goal of ending breast cancer."
Click here to read more or to make a donation to help Bethany and Laurel atttend the Summit.
Photo: MBCC volunteer Gail Murphy, fundraiser coordinator; Matt Howe, owner of of Sushi Maine
For the third consecutive year, during October, Maine Hannaford customers were able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local stores, raising $4,708 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. Also, Hannaford stores in Houlton, Machias, Lincoln, Caribou, Bar Harbor and Bucksport, and the Broadway, Bangor Mall, and Union Street stores in Bangor raised additional donations totaling $910.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Event Center
119 Eden Street, Bar Harbor
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration and refreshments starting at 8:00 a.m.
A complimentary lunch will be provided.
Click here for a conference flyer, which includes a detailed program description and registration form.
For more information or to register by phone, call Beth Wright Center at 664-0339.
Yes that's right, beet sushi! Now's your chance to try something new and healthy and delicious while supporting a great cause. Read more.
Show your support and join us in our efforts! Become a member or renew your annual membership in the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Annual memberships supply critical funding for our volunteer-based
non-profit organization’s general operating costs and make it possible for us
to continue our important work. Annual memberships beginning at only $15 are available
at various levels for both individuals and businesses.
to join us online
... or click here for a printable form if you wish to mail a check for your membership.
If you have recently become a member or renewed your membership, many thanks for your help.
For the third consecutive year, during October, Maine Hannaford customers will be able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local stores to support the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. Read more.
- Club’s ski trips offer travel to and from Sugarloaf on a Cyr bus.
- Clinic and rental packages available for downhill, snowboarding, and cross-county skiing, too!
Sign up party:
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 PM
Ski Rack Sports, Bangor
Ticket prices are the best around – Wow! (must buy package of 4 and prepay by cash or check). Can’t beat the deal!!!
The Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club is a long-term supporter of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Hannaford supermarkets recently donated $2,500 in Hannaford gift cards to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. These gift cards will be awarded to qualified Support Service Fund recipients who are in active treatment for breast cancer and are in need of temporary living expense support. These food cards provide important nutritional support for people receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
In addition, for the third consecutive year, during October, Maine Hannaford customers will be able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local stores, with all proceeds going to the Support Service Fund.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful to Hannaford Supermarkets for their generous support, which makes a difference in the lives of Maine residents in need.
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.
On June 29th, hundreds of leaders across the health, academic, private industry, and philanthropic sectors will join together with patients, survivors and advocates for a national summit. Currently, there are two local viewings of the live stream Summit event, one in Caribou and one in Topsham.
Find out more:
Topsham event: Call American Cancer Society office in Topsham at 373-3770
Caribou event: Call Bethany Zell at 498-1361
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers attended the Fraternal Order of Eagles annual banquet in Skowhegan and accepted a check for $5,746. Maine Eagles Clubs are long-term supporters of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. We are grateful for their ongoing support!
Photo, left to right: MBCC volunteers Roberta Wessel and Nancy Beadling; Tom Sousa, president of Rumford Eagles
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation launched the opening survey for the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collateral Damage Project. If you have metastatic breast cancer, you can play a role in improving quality of life for people with this disease by taking 15 minutes to complete a five-question survey.
The survey is a critical first step in documenting the full extent of collateral
damage caused by the disease or its treatment. The long-term goal is to develop a
set of recommendations that will improve the quality of life for people living with
metastatic breast cancer.
TAKE THE SURVEY
To purchase: This double CD set is available for only $19.99 at all Bull Moose Music locations statewide. It can also be ordered from Maine Breast Cancer Coalition directly. Download the order form here.
Thank you to those who sponsored and attended this great community event! Congratulations to Lori from Medway for winning the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's drawing for a Pink Album.
In 2013, Mike Carroll wrote about the story behind the pink truck and his company's goal to support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's work. Read his story here.
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is grateful for F. R. Carroll's generosity and ongoing support!
For the second consecutive year, during October, Maine Hannaford customers were able to donate $2 or $5 at the register of their local stores, raising $3,320 for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund. In addition, the Bangor Hannaford office raised $1,180 in donations. Hannaford matched $2,500 of these donations, bringing the total to $7,000.
Many thanks to the Student Council (pictured) and Student Council sponsors, Michelle Schaubhut and Nan Morin, for their generosity!
If you have a pink ribbon-plated car, be on the lookout for a special THANK YOU note from the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition … coming soon to YOUR CAR!!!
All services are free of charge. SHARE provides telephone support, support groups, educational programs, and advocacy activities.
TOLL-FREE HELPLINE: 844-ASK-SHARE (844-275-7427)
Many thanks to Cathy Planchart and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their support of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!
If you or someone you know is in need of diagnostic services or has been diagnosed with breast cancer and lives in Penobscot, Piscataquis, or Knox County, the Ride to Wellness program can help ease some of the burden and stress.
There is no income level requirement. For more information call The Lynx at 973-3695 or 1-866-853-5969.
The Study is being conducted at the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, in collaboration with City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Click here to join the HOW Study or find out more.
For the second consecutive year, John and Darlene Gleba donated the proceeds from the annual Freedom Drive Open Golf Tournament, which was held on October 3 in Rockland, to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. This year's tournament raised $4,321 for MBCC!