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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  • 8:30am: Registration & Light Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Welcome, Tara Hill
  • 9:10am: Hearing from a Cancer Survivor, Laura Davis
  • 9:30am: Cancer in Maine: Achievement & Opportunities
    What have we accomplished? Peggy Belanger
    What is the work that needs to be done? Aysha Sheikh
  • 10:00am: Getting to a Collective Impact, Keynote Presentation, Paul Born
  • 10:30am: Break
  • 10:45am: Community Conversations & Appreciative Inquiry, Paul Born
  • 12:30pm: Lunch
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Only a few days remain to register: 

Challenge Cancer Conference

May 4, 2016
9 AM - 3 PM

Hilton Garden Inn
5 Park St
Freeport, ME 04032

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Genetic testing for specific cancer genes can help identify patients with elevated risks for developing cancer in their lifetimes. WMTW-TV's Kyle Jones visits with Maine Cancer Foundation grant recipient Dr. Gregory Feero who is piloting a new collaborative program at a family practice in Fairfield. 

Watch the full video here 

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Spring is in the air and it's time for a new edition of our newsletter, Connections.

Take a look at some of the new and notable projects happening at Maine Cancer Foundation.


In this Edition:


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Tickets are now available: Wednesday, May 11 at the Abromson Center, USM. The Emperor of All Maladies: An Evening with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Join us for a fascinating talk with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, New England Cancer Specialists.

Purchase Tickets Online

(For more information please call us at: (207) 773-2533)