Thank You!

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.


Gene Libby

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A great big THANK YOU to Lori Voornas, Jeff Parsons, Kylie Queen, and all the great folks at Q97.9 for doubling down at Cans for a Cure last week.

With help from dozens of area groups and several very generous business contributions, Cans for a Cure collected over 1 million cans ($50,000) to help support the work of Maine Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Community Center. This achievement is a new record for Cans for a Cure, doubling their previous win from last year. 

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

I want to let you know in advance about an exciting change for Maine Cancer Foundation, one 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 healthcare organizations who are responsible for creating the Maine Cancer Control Plan, a document used to guide our state in the fight against cancer.

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Maine Cancer Foundation is pleased to issue a Request for Proposals to Maine-based organizations able to make meaningful impact on our lung cancer rates through reductions in tobacco use and other nicotine delivery systems. The Foundation will issue up to $400,000 to support one-year proposals, although multi-year programs will be considered for initiatives that require longer timelines to demonstrate progress. 

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Key Support for Cancer Patients in the ACA

I’ve noticed that as the days grow shorter and first hints of color show in the trees, people in Maine start planning.

For some, this means mapping out the school year for their kids, or stacking that pile of firewood.  For others, it’s time to close up a seasonal business, tally the books and start thinking hard about how to make it through the winter. A budget is a necessary part of life in our state. 

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Today we need to send out a very special thank you to a young man from Waterboro who deserves some praise.

Last week we received a generous donation from Ty Boissonneault on his Birthday and... well, let's ask his Mom about it: