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.
“WE CAN BE HEROES”, a tribute concert to David Bowie, wowed a packed house at the State Theatre on January 23rd with an all-star lineup of Maine’s most prominent music groups.
Today is World Cancer Day, a day of recognition and support for the global effort to fight cancer.
The theme this year is: "We Can. I Can." which is wonderful because:
Maine Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals on Colorectal Cancer Screenings in Maine.
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in Maine. Screening for colorectal cancer can help prevent the disease by detecting precancerous cells or growths (polyps) in the colon and rectum so they can be removed. It also can detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful in lowering the risk of dying from colon cancer.
Cancer researchers will have easier access to biological samples used to conduct leading-edge research that may lead to new cancer treatments thanks to a Maine Cancer Foundation grant that will enhance collaboration between Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) and Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) Cancer Care. Each organization will receive $200,000 to improve their biorepositories (also known as Biobanks), which are programs that distribute biospecimens (patient tissue samples) to researchers.