Thank You!

It was a wonderful sunny day in Saco for the 16th annual Mary's Walk! We're still processing all of your donations, but we estimate we raised over $300,000 to help fight cancer here in Maine! Thank you!

A large set of photos from Sunday are availble online, thanks to Richard Peterson.

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Last year, Maine Cancer Foundation commissioned a first-of-its-kind statewide needs assessment for Maine's cancer communities, including: patients and their caregivers, treatment professionals, ancillary care providers, healthcare administrators,  cancer researchers, and those in the policy/advocacy arena. 

Our objective was to talk to the folks on the front line of the fight against cancer in Maine and build a comprehensive picture of best practices, gaps and opportunities for future improvement. 

Download the 2014 Needs Assessment Report

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Who are those mysterious masked scientists?!?! 

We can't wait for Saturday- not only are we kicking off the Tri for a Cure Expo, we'll be announcing 7 Maine-based cancer researchers selected to receive a combined $839,000 in support for their studies!

Stay tuned! We're very proud of Maine's contribution to cancer research!

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Maine Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the new slate of officers to our Board of Directors. 

David Mitchell, President

David serves as Vice President, Investments at the Portland Harbor Group of Raymond James in Portland, Maine. David joined Maine Cancer Foundation’s board in 2007 and was appointed to a second term in 2010. David received a BS from the University of Maine and his MBA from the University of Southern Maine. David lives in Falmouth with his wife Kristen and their four boys, Peyton, Brady, Jacoby and Beckham.

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A plaque dedication ceremony will take place on August 9th at 10am near the Thornton Academy Middle School. 

The plaque, dedicated by Mayor Donald E. Pilon reads:


This portion of the Eastern Trail boordering Thornton Academy is dedicated "Mary's Walk"
to honor the memory of 
Mary Kerry Libby (1951-1997)
A 1970 Thornton Academy graduate, Mary, mother of four children, was lost to cancer at age 44. Her indomitable spirit, friendly smile and joy of life inspired Mary's Walk, an all-volunteer charitable walk/run founded in Saco in 19099 which has raised million for cancer research for the people of Maine. 

Her strength of spirit and gentle soul continue to insire good works for many.

Dedicated August 9th 2014

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Bar Harbor, Maine – Physicians can improve their ability to assess their patients’ cancer risk and screening needs by taking online CME training provided by The Jackson Laboratory.

“Family history is the quickest and cheapest genetic ‘test’ for cancer risk,” says Kate Reed, director of JAX Clinical and Continuing Education. “With training, physicians can use family history to better identify patients at increased risk of a genetic syndrome, such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, who would benefit from earlier or more frequent cancer screening.”

New guidelines of the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and other organizations recommend family history screening for all patients with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. “The new CME builds physicians’ skills and knowledge that promote compliance with these recommendations,” Reed says.