News and Events

MBCC Wins $5,000 Bangor Savings Bank Community Matters More Grant

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is pleased to announce that we won a $5,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More campaign. This is part of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s donation totaling more than $100,000 to Maine-based non-profit organizations throughout the state.

All of us at Maine Breast Cancer Coalition are grateful to Bangor Savings Bank and to the many MBCC supporters who voted for us during the campaign.

Above photo, left to right: Bethany Zell, MBCC President; Jaclyn Silk, Bangor Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and branch manager of the State Street branch; Carol Beagan, MBCC Treasurer.

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Caring Connections Annual Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat

Breast cancer survivors---Join Caring Connections for a sock hop-themed retreat on September 9 and 10, 2017! For more information, call Caring Connections at 207-941-2808, ext. 330. 

Demand Equal Access to Lymphedema Treatment

We need to fix a critical gap in insurance coverage for lymphedema treatment. Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act.

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. Read more.


MBCC Representatives Attend the National Breast Cancer Coalition Advocacy Summit

On May 20, 2017, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition President, Bethany Zell, and advocacy committee co-member, Laurel Bezanson, (both volunteers) once again headed to Washington, DC to represent the MBCC at the National Breast Cancer Coalition Advocate Leadership Summit. 

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."


Sushi Maine and Lois' Natural Marketplace Support MBCC

Sushi Maine of South Portland and Lois' Natural Marketplace of Portland donated 10% of their October sales of Sushi Maine’s pink rice organic Maine beet sushi rolls to Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. MBCC thanks them for their generous support!

Photo: MBCC volunteer Gail Murphy, fundraiser coordinator; Matt Howe, owner of of Sushi Maine

 


National Breast Cancer Coalition Summit Registration is Now Open

National Breast Cancer Coalition invites you to take part in the 2017 Advocate Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, May 20-May 23, at the Renaissance Capital View hotel. The Summit is filled with the speakers, topics, skill building, message training and strategic planning that energize us for the important work in the year ahead. On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 NBCC will once again host a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. Click here to find out more or to register.

MBCC President Bethany Zell Interviews Dr. Hyman Muss

While at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on December 10, 2016, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition President Bethany Zell had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Hyman Muss of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to discuss Assessment and Treatment of Breast Cancer in Older Adults. View the video here.

Hannaford Supermarkets: Long-term Supporters of MBCC

In recognition of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this past October, Hannaford supermarkets throughout Maine made it easy for their customers to help individuals with breast cancer or breast health-related needs.

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.

Read more.


Have Lots of Returnable Bottles and Cans This Holiday Season?

Hannaford Community Cash powered by CLYNK

Please show your support for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by donating your returnable bottles and cans to us through the Hannaford Community Cash program.

It's easy as 1-2-3 to take part! Read more.


F. R. Carroll Concrete of Limerick Continues to Support MBCC

For the fourth consective year, F. R. Carroll Concrete of Limerick, a family-owned business, donated a dollar for every cubic yard of concrete they produced in the month of October to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. This year's donation was $5,986 for our Support Service Fund.

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!


Freedom Drive Open Golf Tournament Benefits MBCC

For the third consecutive year, John and Darlene Gleba donated the proceeds from the annual Freedom Drive Open Golf Tournament, which was held on September 24 in Rockland, to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. This year's tournament raised $2,000 for MBCC. We are so grateful for the support!

November 3---10th Annual Down East Living with Cancer Conference:"Taking Control"

This free conference features a variety of prominent speakers, a patient panel discussion, a choice of breakout sessions, many booths, displays and vendors, and more!

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.


Enjoy Sushi Maine's Delicious Beet Sushi and Help MBCC!

Please join Sushi Maine's celebration of the fall BEET harvest and help support the valuable programs of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. Throughout the month of October, Sushi Maine and Lois' Natural Marketplace will each donate 10% of their sales of the PINK rice organic Maine BEET sushi rolls. These rolls are available at Sushi Maine in So. Portland and Lois' Natural Marketplace in Scarborough and Portland. 

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.


Are You With Us?

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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.

Click here 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.
 


Hannaford Supermarkets Make It Easy to Donate to MBCC

In recognition of the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, Hannaford supermarkets will make it easy for their customers in Maine to help individuals with breast cancer or breast health-related needs. 

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.

 


Greater Bangor Women's Ski and Snowboard Club Signup Party

Enjoy skiing or learn to ski – Come join the fun!

- 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.  

Contact: 942-7377 or 825-8821, gbwssc@gmail.com     
Look for the GBWSSC on Facebook
Click here for a flyer.


Call to Action!

The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

Read the latest updates about the National Breast Cancer Coalition's Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 in their August 2016 "Call to Action" newsletter.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Project

Help transform our understanding of metastatic breast cancer.
If you have metastatic breast cancer, join a nationwide movement of patients, doctors, and scientists by sharing your tumor samples, your medical information, and your voice. Together, we can speed the development of future therapies.

Sign up or learn more at MBCproject.org. For a printable one-page information sheet, click here.


Hannaford Supermarkets: Long-term Supporters of MBCC

August 2016 

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.    


Life After Cancer: Survey Participants Sought

From a June 2016 Press Release:

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. 

FIND OUT MORE.

 


June 29 Cancer Moonshot Summit: Topsham and Caribou

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden with heading up a new national effort to end cancer as we know it.

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


MBCC Receives Fraternal Order of Eagles Grant

June 11, 2016

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


MBCC Volunteers Attend Advocate Leadership Summit

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteers visited with staff from Senator Angus King's office in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 during the National Breast Cancer Coalition's annual Lobby Day event as part of the 2016 Advocate Leadership Summit. READ MORE.

Do You Have Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer patients, this is your last chance to complete the Metastatic Breast Cancer Collateral Damage Project questionnaire, which is part of the Health of Women (HOW) Study™. The questionnaire closes on September 25th, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT.

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


Great Music For a Great Cause!

Cover and CDs

The Pink Album is an exclusive 2-CD collection of contemporary music by 27 of Maine's leading female singers and songwriters to benefit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund. Nearly two hours of great music! 

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.

 


Millinocket Regional Hospital Community Health and Wellness Fair

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition took part in the Millinocket Regional Hospital Community Health and Wellness Fair on April 30, 2016. The fair was well attended, with at 200+ count at mid-day.  

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.


Breast Cancer Action: Lymphedema Treatment Act

Two out of five breast cancer patients will develop lymphedema within five years of surgery. Yet, some women won't have access to treatment. 

Tell your Congressmembers to cosponsor the Lymphedema Treatment Act TODAY, so that every woman can get the medical care she needs: http://bit.ly/1PkJuXY

Cleaning For a Reason

Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization that serves the United States and Canada. Services are currently available in the Portland, Maine area. Their mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer. Their goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while they focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. Find out more at www.cleaningforareason.org.

Fisher Engineering of Rockland: Third Consecutive Year of Support

For the third consecutive year, Fisher Engineering, manufacturer of FISHER® snow and ice control equipment, raised significant funds for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund. Their recent $5,000 donation brings the three-year total to more than $22,000.

Read more.


F. R. Carroll Concrete of Limerick Continues to Support MBCC

For the third consective year, F. R. Carroll Concrete of Limerick, a family-owned business, donated a dollar for every cubic yard of concrete they produced in the month of October to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. This year's donation was $5,180 for our Support Service Fund.

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!


Hannaford Supermarkets: Long-term Supporters of MBCC

In recognition of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this past October, Hannaford supermarkets throughout Maine made it easy for their customers to help individuals with breast cancer or breast health-related needs.

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.

Read more.


Thank You to Berwick Elementary School Student Council!

The Berwick Elementary Knowlton Student Council held an October fundraiser and donated the proceeds to Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Many thanks to the Student Council (pictured) and Student Council sponsors, Michelle Schaubhut and Nan Morin, for their generosity!


Coming Soon to Your Pink Ribbon-Plated Car ...

Did you know that the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is one of the three organizations, along with the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program and the Maine Cancer Foundation, that receives a portion of the proceeds from Maine’s pink ribbon license plate?  

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!!! 


Breast Cancer Freebies

Help for the body, soul, and pocketbook---when you need it most!
The Breast Cancer Freebies website provides information and links to many organizations "whose mission it is to make the breast cancer journey a little easier and take the burden off your wallet with free wigs, hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation, and more."

A New Look

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The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition website has a new look! We hope that visitors to our site like the new features, including the newsfeed and the easy-to-navigate design. 

Net Innovations LLC of Fairfield provided content management and web site conversion support.

SHARE: No-cost Services For Women Facing Breast or Ovarian Cancer

SHARE is a non-profit organization for women facing breast and ovarian cancer. Because a cancer diagnosis can be so overwhelming, SHARE makes it their mission to provide support services to those affected by these potentially fatal diseases. 

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)  


Pink Aroostook: Breast Health Program in Northern Maine

Pink Aroostook is a breast health program designed for support, advocacy, education and awareness of breast health issues in northern Maine. Pink Aroostook helps connect people diagnosed with breast cancer to local and national resources that may be able to provide financial and emotional support. 

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Supports MBCC

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust had a pink booth at the Maine Association of Realtors conference at the Samoset on October 6 - 8. They held a drawing for a VISA gift card, and donated $2.00 to MBCC for each person who signed up to enter the drawing, resulting in a very generous donation.

Many thanks to Cathy Planchart and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their support of Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!


PublicHealth.org

PublicHealth.org is committed to bringing today’s most pressing local, national, and global health issues to the forefront of public discourse. They recently published a summary report of the state of cancer in America. From the report: "Although cancer takes many forms, there are four that claim the lives of over a quarter of a million Americans every year: breast, prostate, lung, and colon/rectum." 

Click here to view PublicHealth.org's guide and short animated video, Cancer in America.


Ride To Wellness Program

Transportation Assistance to Breast Cancer Treatment-Penobscot, Piscataquis, or Knox County Residents

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.   


Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation Health of Women Study

The Health Of Women (HOW) Study is a first-of-its-kind international online study for women and men with and without a history of breast cancer.

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. 


Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

The Breast Cancer Deadline 2020

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) has a unique history and an unmatched record of accomplishment in breast cancer. Since NBCC’s inception in 1991, the organization’s mission has been to end breast cancer. Now, NBCC has set a deadline: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® – to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

One Million Women :: One Research Goal :: One Revolutionary Opportunity

working for a future without breast cancer 
It's been eight years since the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation launched the Army of Women, a groundbreaking initiative that partners women with breast cancer researchers to find the key to what causes breast cancer and take science beyond a cure to prevention. 

 


An Important Resource for Maine Women

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks to create greater access to health care by getting more people covered by insurance. For women who have purchased coverage on the Marketplace or other privately purchased plans, but continue to be burdened by premiums, deductibles and co-pays that prevent them from receiving breast cancer screening services, the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program (MBCHP) can be a valuable resource for women needing breast and/or cervical cancer screening and follow-up services.

Freedom Drive Open Golf Tournament Benefits MBCC

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!


Valley of Hope: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and Their Families and Friends

Vally of Hope

In May 2007, Fish River Rural Health (FRRH) in Eagle Lake, Maine started a breast cancer support group called “The Journey.”  The idea for a book began at that first meeting after the participants heard many inspiring, heartfelt stories about courage by survivors and their families. Nearly three years later, the idea became a reality with the publication of Valley of Courage: Reflections by Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families.