Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Winter 2016 Newsletter
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2015 Support Service Fund Annual Summary

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Support Service Fund provides financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer related needs to qualified Maine residents. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured, and underinsured people, including those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, who don’t qualify for, or whose particular needs aren’t covered by other assistance programs.

Support Service Fund milestones:
• Number of years since the Fund was started: 16
• Number of applicants the first year: 50
• Number of applicants in 2015: 372
• Total amount awarded to qualified applicants in the past 16 years: more than $1,600,000
• Number of Maine people helped by the Fund since it began: 3,000+

Statistics from the 2015 Support Service Fund program:
• Number of approved applications: 358
• Counties represented: all 16 Maine counties
• Total amount awarded: $165,484
• Average grant amount: $462
• Age range of applicants: 22 to 91

Representative items and services funded in 2015:
• breast imaging (mammography and ultrasound)
• lab/pathology
• radiologist readings
• surgeon/physician fees or copays
• lymphedema compression garments (lymphedema is a side-effect of breast cancer treatment)
• prescriptions
• breast prostheses
• wigs
• temporary living expense support for people in breast cancer treatment
• travel expenses to treatments
• many other support services

To find out more about the Support Service Fund or to apply for a grant, download an easy-to-complete, printable application from our website at, or call Maine Breast Cancer Coalition at 207-945-0008 to request that an application be mailed to you. Call us if you need help completing the application.

How is the Support Service Fund funded?

The 2015 Support Service Fund was supported by the Maine Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate Program; CDC Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program contract funds supported by a Cooperative Agreement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; dedicated fundraisers by many Maine organizations and businesses, including long-term supporters Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club, York Hospital Breast Cancer Survivors Group, Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles Groups, F.R. Carroll Concrete, Douglas Dynamics, and Hannaford Supermarkets; individual contributions by members and supporters of MBCC, and the dedication of our volunteers and our Support Service Fund program assistant.

THANK YOU from the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
If you have a pink ribbon-plated car and your car is spotted by one of our members, you just might receive a special THANK YOU card from the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition!

Put a Maine Breast Cancer License Plate on your car or truck and help support breast cancer education, research, and patient care. The plates can be purchased at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles location, at most town offices, or online at
The proceeds from the Maine breast cancer license plates stay right here in Maine and are split equally between three organizations: 
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for our Support Service Fund 
Maine Cancer Foundation for their Women’s Cancer Fund
Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program for their Mammogram Fund



...activists, survivors, researchers, policy makers, academics,
industry stakeholders, grassroots fundraisers, and local and national organizations
coming together as disruptive innovators for social change...
to discuss the end of breast cancer.

2014 Summit Photo 2

In 2016, the National Breast Cancer Coalition commemorates its 25th Anniversary.

We invite you to join us at the 2016 Advocate Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, from April 30-May 2. The Summit is filled with the speakers, topics, skill building, message training and strategic planning that energize us for the important work in the year ahead. On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 we will once again host a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, to be sure our voices are heard.


Here are some of the highlights from the 2015 Advocate Leadership Summit:

Fran Visco, NBCC President, shared a keynote address on the midpoint of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. How far have we come and why is it time now to move with more urgency?

Attendees joined Dr. Susan Love, Dr. Aled Edwards, Dr. Stuart Martin, Dr. H. Kim Lyerly and Dr. Steve Shak for and other speakers in intimate groups to ask the questions behind the headlines.

Is the Artemis Project's preventative vaccine for breast cancer really possible? Participants heard from the architect of the cervical cancer vaccine, Dr. John Schiller, and learned the story behind the development of the Ebola vaccine from Dr. Barney Graham.

Advanced seminars offered in-depth discussions on a number of controversial scientific topics, including why so many research findings cannot be reproduced, how good are the animal models we have, and how will the latest DCIS research change treatment.

Attendees brainstormed about ways to make Beautiful Trouble! Nadine Bloch, contributor to the book 'Beautiful Trouble' and longtime social activist, shared ways advocates can become disruptive innovators for social change.

Participants bowled and danced the night away at the Women With Balls® bowling challenge and the Summit Reception and Dance Party!

HOW Can You Help?  Join the H.O.W. Study!
Have you considered taking part in the Health of Women [HOW] Research Study to help better understand the causes of breast cancer and how to prevent it? The HOW Study offers all women--anyone over the age of 18, with or without breast cancer--the opportunity to provide health information about themselves through a series of online questionnaires. The goals are to understand the risk factors for the disease and to figure out how to prevent it from happening in the first place.   
The HOW Study will track hundreds of thousands of women (and men) over time to learn what causes breast cancer, and how to prevent it.  HOW will also study long-term breast cancer survivors in order to get a better understanding of how they are beating the odds. This is the first time a study of this size and magnitude is collecting data entirely online. This approach because will allow researchers to ask every question that any of us ever wanted answered. This is the first study that will allow the participants to submit questions they want studied, and researchers are eager to hear what we want them to do!

Once you sign up to become a member of the HOW Study, you will receive periodic questionnaires that will ask questions about different health and exposure topics. Each new questionnaire will be released in a "Call to Action" email and will address a specific topic, such as reproductive health, cancer history (for those with breast cancer), environmental exposures, and much, much more. Each questionnaire should take about 60-90 minutes to fill out, and you will get a new one every three to four months. 

Breast cancer has been around for decades, but it does not have to be our future. We can be the generation that stops breast cancer once and for all! This is YOUR chance to be part of the research that will end breast cancer.

It takes just a minute to join, but the impact we will have will last a lifetime. If you’d like to register to become a member of HOW, visit

American Cancer Society's 2015-2016 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures

The newest Breast Cancer Facts & Figures Report from the American Cancer Society is out and you can read the full document by clicking the picture below.

Support Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by Shopping at AmazonSmile

  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition every time you shop, at no cost to you.

How does it work?
When you shop at, you’ll find the same shopping experience as, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

How do I select Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

I already have an Amazon account. Do I need to open a new account?
No. If you already have an account, you will use the same account on AmazonSmile.

Show your support and join us in our efforts!

Annual memberships supply critical funding for our volunteer-based non-profit organization’s general operating costs and make it possible for us to continue our important work. Annual memberships are available at various levels for both individuals and businesses. Click the JOIN US button above for more information or to register for membership.
... or please consider a donation of any amount to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. You can make a secure donation using your credit card or PayPal account by clicking on the DONATE button above.

... or hold a fundraiser: If your community group, business, or organization would like to dedicate all or part of the proceeds from a fundraising effort to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, click the FUNDRAISE button above or download our Fundraiser Guide HERE for additional information
We would like to express our appreciation to the following individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses that held or supported recent fundraising events to benefit MBCC:

Amazon Smile
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Co.
Brunswick Prof. Firefighters Local #1718
Crooners & Cocktails
Diversified Communications
Douglas Dynamics/Fisher Plows, Rockland
Berwick Elementary School Knowlton Student Council
Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Rumford - Pink Sock Hop /Car Show
F.R. Carroll Concrete, Inc.
John & Darlene Gleba-Golf Tournament
Gorham High School
Hannaford Supermarkets/Delhaize America
Hollywood Casino
Maine Dojo – Jaaron Shaw
MMP Women’s Health-Maternal Fetal Medicine
People’s United Bank
Pink in the Street: Waterville - Nancy Beadling, Allied Health Advantage
Portland High School Boosters Club
Robinson, Kriger & McCallum
United Martial Arts Academies Dojos - Brent Crisci
Univ. of Maine Men’s Baseball Team Golf Tournament
Windham Eagles
WineBow Group
York Hospital Breast Cancer Survivors’ Group Annual Walk
We are grateful for donations from:
James Condon
Matthew Lind in honor of Morgan Sewell 
Kathleen Lyons
David Tracy in honor of Ruth Nevells
Lisa Violette
Waggerstown Dog Shoppe, LLC

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Mission

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the health of Maine people through:

  • Service through financial support for underserved people with breast health or breast cancer needs. Click here for information or to download a Support Service Fund Application.
  • Advocacy for breast cancer research and legislation
  • Education to promote knowledge about breast cancer and quality care. Click here for breast cancer or breast health resources.
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