News

Posted on:
05/23/2017

Maine Cancer Foundation Board Member Dana Lesniak spends her day job as Project Manager at Portland Webworks. In addition to serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, she is a participant in the Tri for a Cure. Dana has raised thousands of dollars for cancer prevention and early detection, screening, and access to care, for Mainers across the state.

The month of May is dedicated to skin cancer and sun safety. In our guest blog series, Dana shares her experience with basal cell skin cancer.

Posted on:
05/23/2017

For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 package, our partners at WMTW-TV highlight our recent sun safety project with the Portland Sea Dogs and Portland Public Health Division!

Your generous support makes cancer prevention possible for Mainers. Thank you!

#togetherwecan 

#challengecancer2020

Posted on:
05/19/2017

On May 18, Maine Cancer Foundation held our Challenge Cancer 2020 Conference. Over 100 of our peers joined the full day conference. Together we examined the current state of cancer in Maine, discussed Maine's Impact Cancer Network's community plan, and hosted three poignant speakers who shared their unique experiences with cancer. The day closed with goals for the next twelve months to continue reducing the burden of cancer on our families, friends, and neighbors. 

Miss the conference, but want more information? Maine Public Health Association is hosting Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (the Cancer Network), a collective impact initiative focused on reducing the high rates of cancer in Maine, in a FREE WEBINAR on Thursday, May 25th from 12p-1p to present their community plan to reduce cancer in the state.

Register Now!

Are you interested in becoming involved with Maine's Impact Cancer Network? We'd love to have you! Learn more or contact Heather Drake, heather@mainecancer.org

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020 #thecancernetwork #collectiveimpact

Posted on:
05/15/2017

In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #3 is the story of Joan Ingram, who discovered a mole on her left shin, which turned out to be melanoma.

Posted on:
05/10/2017

Mainers will be the first to tell you:  winters are long and summers pass in the blink of an eye. “When summer comes around, people don’t think about using sunscreen. We only have such a short amount of sunshine!” said Emily Clyatt, Community Health Promotions Specialist at the City of Portland Public Health Division.

In August 2016, Maine Cancer Foundation approached Emily and her colleagues to develop a sun safety awareness campaign.  The timing was ideal for implementation in mid-2017, just in time for those fleeting months of summer. “MCF reached out about the idea to talk with the Portland Sea Dogs,” said Clyatt. The minor-league baseball team is a family-friendly attraction, with 60 home games at Hadlock Field spanning the warmest months of the year. 

MCF awarded the City of Portland Public Health Division $20,000 to execute a sun safety campaign with public service announcements and other targeted prevention messages, along with five free sunscreen dispensers scattered throughout the ball park. The campaign will run the length of the 2017 Sea Dogs season.

“At least once per home game, a PSA will run on the big screen. I met with Hadlock Field’s graphic designer, and expressed our hopes for three consistent messages: sunscreen, covering up, and reapplying,” said Clyatt. The collaboration bore the catch phrase Play More, Burn Less along with an eye-catching 15 second video with simple graphics. The game time announcer will read over the video with the following text:

Posted on:
05/08/2017

Just in time for the warmest months of the year, May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. Our colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created the helpful infographic (below) about ways to protect your skin while enjoying time outdoors.

Follow Maine Cancer Foundation on Facebook to get updates and information about melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention all month long. We believe the best cancers are the ones that never begin. 

#togetherwecan

#challengecancer2020

Posted on:
04/26/2017

In our Snapshots blog series, we turn to Maine Cancer Foundation constituents - from staff, board members and other volunteers, donors, grant recipients and beyond - to share important moments in their lives related to cancer. Our series will paint a broad stroke of the cancer landscape in the state, while narrowing the focus into the rare and intimate moments that bring us all together.

Snapshots #2 is the story of the Beck family. In 2014, an MRI revealed a tumor in Derek’s brain. He was only 6 years old. Maxine and her husband rallied around Derek, but as treatments mounted, so did their debt. With the help of Town and Country Federal Credit Union and a loan officer named Erica St. Onge, the Beck family managed to get their finances back on track.

Posted on:
04/25/2017

Maine Cancer Foundation's Director or Programming, Aysha Sheikh, discusses financial toxicity. We believe every Mainer should have access to the best cancer care regardless of income. Your generous support makes it all possible.

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020

Posted on:
04/21/2017

For this month's Challenge Cancer 2020 feature, our partners at WMTW-TV highlight the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis for Mainers. The story also includes one of Maine Cancer Foundation's 2016 transportation grant recipients at the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

Your generous support helps ease the financial burden for cancer patients throughout our beautiful state. Thank you!

#togetherwecan

#challengecancer2020

Pages