The Portland City Council gave unanimous approval on Monday night to a new proposal by the Health and Human Services Committee that will raise the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.
"We applaud this move by the Portland City Council," said Tara Hill, Executive Director of Maine Cancer Foundation. "Maine has one of the highest rates of lung cancer death in the country, and tobacco use accounts for nearly half of all cancer deaths in our state. We share a deep commitment to reducing tobacco use in our state, especially among young people."
We are accepting grant applications from now until July 22nd to fund additional Cancer Patient Navigators in Maine with grant awards up to $164,000 over a three year period.
The Mary's Walk Committee met at the home of committee chairman Gene Libby on Saturday to present a check with this year's proceeds to Tara Hill, executive director of Maine Cancer Foundation.
Gail and Dean Wolfahrt were also presented with a special plaque honoring their many years of dedication to Mary's Walk. The check presented to Maine Cancer Foundation totaled $240,700. This brings our 18-year running total to $2,767,892, all dedicated to fighting cancer here in Maine. Quite amazing!
A special thank you to the Portland Seadogs and the Mother's Day 5K for a very generous contribution of $6,000 to continue the fight against cancer in Maine. One of our board members, Dr. Gayle Brazeau (pictured far left) was on hand to receive the contribution at Hadlock Field.