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Maine Cancer Foundation Announces $137,000 in Grants

Maine Cancer Foundation executive director Tara Hill announced the recipients $137,000 in grants this week, including $20,000 for Pen Bay Medical Center, which will be used to establish a new cancer research center offering clinical trials to patients in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties.

Maine Cancer Foundation provides grant funding for cancer research, education and patient support services across Maine three times a year, distributing over $1.1 million annually to organizations like the Jackson Laboratory, Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health and Mount Dessert Biological Laboratory. "While 80% of our grants go directly to cancer research, Maine desperately needs support for patient services." says Hill. "Places like Camp Sunshine or Pine Tree Hospice do vital work to improve the quality of life for terminal patients."

This latest round of grant recipients include organizations state-wide, including; Be The Match, Camp Sunshine, Cancer Community Center, CancerCare of Maine, the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, Hospice of Southern Maine, the Jackson Laboratory, Lake Region Senior Service, Mainegeneral Medical Center, Maine Medical Center, MaineHealth, Mercy Hospital, Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Pen Bay Medical Center, Penquis, Pine Tree Hospice, the Ronald McDonald House of Portland and Webber Hospital.

“It is incredibly gratifying to serve the people of Maine with these grants,” says Hill. “Twice a year, our selection committee is able to send funding to all corners of the state, from York County to Waldo County. “ Grant amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 were awarded to eligible organizations.

Past grant funding has supported efforts such as hospice care, emotional support for the children and families of cancer victims, screening clinics, education opportunities for medical providers, and transportation services. “We’re aware of women in Maine who have chosen a mastectomy over less radical options, simply because they lack access to transportation,” says Hill. “It really highlights the urgent need for this funding. No person should have to make that kind of choice just because they can’t get a ride.”

Maine Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization, is best known for its signature fundraising events including the “Tri for a Cure” women’s triathlon, “Mary’s Walk”, the “Pink Tulip Project” and “Cure Cancer for ME” luncheon. In addition to education and patient support grants, the foundation also awards cancer research grants on an annual basis, totaling over $1.1 million in 2011.



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