A big thanks to our sponsors, participants, supporters, and volunteers for making the 19th Annual Mary’s Walk and Kerrymen 5k a success! Despite having to move the event from March 19th to March 26th, we had over 2,600 participants and will raise in excess of $280,000 in the fight against cancer. All proceeds are donated to the Maine Cancer Foundation supporting statewide cancer programs and translational research.
Mary’s Walk enjoyed incredible fundraising team participation led by Team UNUM, who raised $15,000. Teri Brown of Team UNUM individually raised over $11,076. Incredible! Doug Bennet and the Red Storm Strikes Out Cancer was again the leading fundraiser in the school community group raising $10,501. In the Friends and Family category, the KJ Cancer Crew, led by individual fundraiser Ken Jansen and captained by wife Laurie Jansen, raised $8,475. This year’s event was dedicated to Ken Jansen, a long-time volunteer on the Mary’s Walk Planning Committee, who is fighting his own personal battle with esophageal cancer. Ken spoke during the opening ceremonies, inspiring everyone with his message of how important a positive attitude is to healing the cells that cancer scars.
I want to again personally thank Mark Stevens and Mike Hirschy of CRI-SIL Silicone Technologies for being our presenting sponsor ($20,000). Mark, Mike, and the CRI-SIL team have given the Mary’s Walk sponsorship campaign renewed vigor in the fight against cancer.
I also want to thank all of our sponsors you see posted on our web page. These businesses are an important part of Mary’s Walk and help lead our community in the fight against cancer. Please check out our sponsors and let them know on their websites how important you believe their contribution to the community is in the battle against cancer.
I wish to thank Thornton Academy for the use of their facility and their continued support of Mary’s Walk. I also want to recognize two teachers at the Academy: David Arenstam, the director of the Kerrymen 5k and our Facebook/Media genius, and his wife, Teri Arenstam, our director of volunteers, for their contributions to the event. This year we had over 150 TA students volunteering for Mary’s Walk and supporting their community.
We had a new member of the Planning Committee this year, Don Roth, who is the new director of the food court specializing in free food and drink after the event. Don undertook an overwhelming responsibility and did an excellent job in his inaugural year. Thanks Don!
Next year, Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5k celebrate our 20th anniversary on March 18, 2018. We hope to see you there.
Mark your calendars! The the 18th annual Mary's Walk and Kerrymen 5K are back on Sunday, March 20th in downtown Saco.
Earlybird registration for walkers, runners and teams is now open. Claim your spot before January 1st, and receive a free "Mary's Walk" shirt!
I have a shorter post than usual this month because the story is simple:
Tobacco is the leading cause of cancer death in Maine.
I'll say it again: tobacco is the leading cause of cancer death in Maine.
Lung cancer rates in Maine are consistently and significantly higher than the U.S. average, and not just a little higher: 30% higher.
Freeport, Maine. Maine Cancer Foundation was named recipient of the "Midge Vreeland Service Award," at the annual conference of the Maine Public Relations Council (MPRC).
Named in honor of the late Midge Vreeland, the Maine Public Relations Council Midge Vreeland Public Service Award recognizes a public relations professional or organization whose efforts help the greater good and embodies the core principles held by Midge -- integrity, commitment to community service and a willingness to advance organizations and their causes.
Together, the Maine Cancer Consortium and Maine Cancer Foundation want to announce an exciting change for both organizations, one that we hope to announce formally on January 1st, 2016.
For several years now, Maine Cancer Foundation has worked closely with the Maine Cancer Consortium, a coalition of over 100 Maine-based organizations and individuals with oncology expertise who are focused on working together to reduce cancer rates in Maine.