Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Fall 2015 Newsletter
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Moving Beyond Awareness
This "Breast Cancer Awareness Month"

It will take more than awareness to bring an end to breast cancer!
Effective actions you can take:
Join the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and learn about Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, NBCC’s strategic plan to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. 

Learn more: Visit the NBCC Online Center For Advocacy Training
View videos of "the best of the presentations from the NBCC summits, workshops, and Project LEAD. Watch, learn, share, and use what you discover to disrupt the status quo for positive social change. Join us as we push ourselves to ask the tough questions, challenge scientists, tell the truth, lobby for research funding and access to care, and push for what will save lives."
Follow Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 on Twitter.
Working for a future without breast cancer: Join the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation's Army of Women and you can participate in research to eradicate breast cancer. The goal of the Army of Women is to recruit one million women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all. Follow the Army of Women on Twitter.

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation ImPatient Science™
to Launch in October

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is excited to introduce ImPatient Science™, their new educational program explaining the science of breast cancer. Launching in October 2015, "ImPatient Science uses animated video to explain the biology of breast cancer, treatment options, and the information you need to make informed choices along your path."

Topics include the biology of breast cancers, the body’s defense systems, pros and cons of treatment options, and promising new advances in research.

According to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, "We’re impatient for science, because we can’t wait for a future without breast cancer."

Click here to watch the preview video.

MBCC Membership Special During
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

October Special! Become a member or renew your membership in the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition by October 31, and you will be entered into a drawing for an Angela Roi palette pink cross-body handbag.

This beautifully styled, all-vegan materials handbag was donated by Angela Roi to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.
Angela Roi is an online modern classic handbag brand. Co-founders Angela and Roi wrote, “We believe that we can use our resources productively to impact the greater community. With our Donate by Color initiative, for every handbag sold, we donate by color to support the associated cause. For instance, if we sell a pink ribbon handbag, we donate 5% of the sale to support breast cancer fighters.” Connect with Angela Roi on Facebook or Twitter.
Are you receiving this newsletter and are not yet a member of MBCC? Please help us meet our goal of 50 new members! Increased membership is critical for our volunteer-based non-profit organization’s general operating costs. Annual memberships are available at various levels for both individuals and businesses. Click here to join us online.
Support Service Fund Update

The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's Support Service Fund provides financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer related needs to qualified Maine residents. This includes temporary living expense support for people in breast cancer treatment. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured, or 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.

Number of applications so far in 2015: 297, from all Maine counties
How can you help? The Support Service Fund is only partially supported by the Maine Specialty Breast Cancer License Plate Program, and also DHHS/Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program contract funds supported by a Cooperative Agreement from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so we rely on contributions from individuals or local groups or businesses.
To make a donation to the Support Service Fund or find out about holding a fundraising event, click here.
We often receive letters and cards from people we have helped. The following letter is published with the writer's permission:

"I truly cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity that you've bestowed upon me.

Your assistance with my fuel and electric bill was a Godsend. During those bitter cold weeks that I was recovering from surgery, I had a warm and comfortable place to rest. The Hannaford gift card allowed me to buy the healthy food that fueled my rapid recovery. The travel money was also very generous and helpful.

I am happy to report that I have made a full recovery. I am feeling very well. I am back to work and back to life.

I hope to pay this forward, so if there is any way that I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Please share my heartfelt gratitude with the other members of your organization. Thank you all so much! Be sure that your work is very important.


Eighth Annual Washington County Cancer Conference:
Friday, October 2, Machias
Join cancer patients, caregivers, family members, and interested community members at the eighth annual Washington County cancer conference, "Cancer: There is Hope Here in Washington County". 

The conference is free. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Friday, October 2
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pellon Center
Machias, Maine

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

The conference program includes a Patient/Caregiver panel and Community Resources.

For more information or pre-registration: contact Tami at 733-1090, extension 2214, or email

Free Webcast:
Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 PM
This is a free CancerCare Connect Education Workshop for people living with breast cancer, their families, friends, and health care professionals. Leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour educational cancer workshops over the telephone or online.

Find out more about the panel of experts and the topics covered, and to register online at Registrants can listen in live over the phone or online as a webcast.
Cary Medical Center’s Pink Aroostook and Healthy You
To Host Second Annual “Think BEYOND Pink” Luncheon
9/25/15 press release by Bethany Zell
Cary Medical Center’s Pink Aroostook and Healthy You programs are partnering to rally Aroostook communities to “Think BEYOND Pink” this October at the second annual luncheon event to be held on Friday, October 9 at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. In addition to a fantastic buffet lunch, guests will enjoy fabulous door prizes and amazing guest speakers. They will leave the event empowered and equipped with information on how to do more for the breast cancer cause than buy pink ribbon products this October. Attendees will also learn some simple dietary changes that can be implemented to decrease their personal risk for some breast cancers.

Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director and President of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, will briefly share about her breast cancer advocacy work and provide information about how to get involved and do more to help end breast cancer. As Maine’s Field Coordinator and Team Leader for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), Bethany has represented Maine in Washington, DC, and throughout our state for the NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 campaign. Her passion and unwavering dedication to this cause will inspire and motivate luncheon attendees to “Think BEYOND Pink” when they think about breast cancer.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Dr. Susan Silberstein, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of Center for Advancement in Cancer Education. Dr. Silberstein’s non-profit is committed to providing expert one-on-one, individualized nutritional, immunological, and psychological guidance to their clients facing cancer. Sharing on the topic of “Breast Cancer: The Diet Connection", Dr. Silberstein will outline easy and vital steps you can take to prevent breast cancer, its recurrence, or support yourself during or after treatment. Based on scientific evidence and over 30 years of experience, she will also share with us about powerful anti-cancer foods, dietary fats, how to boost immunity with your fork, and more.

A portion of the $20 admission will be used to support Pink Aroostook, a county-wide breast health program, and breast health initiatives throughout Aroostook County.

To register or for more information, please call or email Bethany Zell, Pink Aroostook Director, by Friday, October 2, at 207-498-1361 or
Waterville “Pink In The Street”
to Benefit Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

Allied Health Advantage (AHA) of Waterville, in cooperation with KV Crossfit, will be sponsoring “Pink In The Street” in Waterville this October. Part of this fundraiser will be a competition at the AHA gym on October 17th.

Also, Allied Health Advantage will invite members of the community to choose a way to donate to MBCC during October through an activity of their choice.

AHA is planning to encourage support from Waterville businesses by asking them to donate a $50.00 minimum donation, place a large pink ribbon in their windows, and participate in a window decorating competition.

For more information, contact Nancy Beadling at Allied Health Advantage at 680-9155, or email her at
      Meet the Volunteer

"I have been so encouraged by the other women who volunteer alongside me at MBCC … as most of them are breast cancer survivors themselves and I am not. Seeing them give back after facing their own breast cancer has been inspiring and personally fulfilling. "

Bethany Zell

MBCC President

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is a volunteer-based organization. With the exception of one part-time Support Service Fund program assistant, who is also a long-time MBCC volunteer, we are all volunteers.

Bethany Zell has been been volunteering with MBCC for three years. She has brought so much energy and commitment to whatever she takes on.

Describe how you got started with MBCC.
I received an email from a co-worker who was on the mailing list for the National Breast Cancer Coalition about their annual summit in Washington DC in 2012. I signed up to attend, and because Laurel Bezanson (MBCC’s Advocacy Chairperson) is the NBCC Field Coordinator for Maine, she called me before the Summit to connect. She told me about the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and encouraged me to join, and I did!

Why do you choose to volunteer your time with this organization?
As a breast cancer patient advocate at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, I run the Pink Aroostook breast health program. Part of what I do is help breast cancer patients access resources and get financial assistance for costs associated with diagnosing and treating this disease. The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition has provided me a way to network with other organizations on a state level in order to support my local work, share ideas with advocates and volunteers throughout the state, and learn more about how I can better serve the people of Aroostook County who are affected by breast cancer. I have also been so encouraged by the other women who volunteer alongside me at MBCC … as most of them are breast cancer survivors themselves and I am not. Seeing them give back after facing their own breast cancer has been inspiring and personally fulfilling. 

What tasks do you typically do for MBCC?
I began handling the Facebook page for MBCC in late 2012, have represented the Coalition at National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) events, lobbied on Capitol Hill for NBCC’s Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer legislation and the Department of Defense’s Breast Cancer Research Program funding, written newspaper articles and helped promote the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s work throughout Aroostook County. In January of this year, I became the President of the Coalition. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What’s that? In a perfect world, I would have plenty of it and make more time (and energy) for crafting … I love photography and making jewelry. This season of my life is crazy though, with three daughters - Christina (18), Elizabeth (11), and Emily (5) – a full-time job and a side jewelry business that I run with my daughter, Elizabeth, whom we also homeschool. I make it a priority to read my Bible in my spare time because God makes it all work, so the more plugged in I am with Him, the less stressed I am in my everyday life. My husband, Jim, is also VERY supportive and encouraging of my work and passion for helping people with breast cancer. He is an amazing partner and father, and I couldn’t do HALF of what I do without him walking alongside me in life.

Tell about an unusual or surprising fact about yourself.
Since I grew up in Aroostook, and then moved away from Maine for college and didn’t come back until five years ago, there are many people up here who have known me my whole life but know very little about me while I was “away” for nineteen years. I lived in the same house in Caribou from the time I came home from the hospital in 1973 until I left for college in 1991. From 1991 to 2010, I lived in eight different cities/towns in four different states (New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Tennessee) and had fifteen different addresses!
For information about becoming a Maine Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer, contact us at: or 207-945-0008.
News from Young Survival Coalition  

Young Survival Coalition’s newly updated Metastatic Navigator: A Young Woman’s Guide to Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer presents the most up-to-date information on metastatic breast cancer including: treatment options; quality of life issues; communicating with healthcare providers, family and friends about your disease; lists of questions to ask or consider; resources available for additional assistance, and more. Click here to find out more.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.

Help Drive Breast Cancer Out of Business!
Put a Maine Breast Cancer License Plate on your car or truck and help support breast cancer education, research, and patient care. All proceeds stay in Maine --- 100%.
The proceeds from the plate 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

The plates can be purchased at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles location, at most town offices, or online at
Great Music for a Great Cause! 
Your purchase of the Pink Album directly benefits Maine residents with unmet breast cancer or breast health needs through our Support Service Fund.

This 2-CD set contains nearly two hours of contemporary music by accomplished Maine female singer/songwriters. Available at Bull Moose Music locations statewide, or visit the Donate page of our website at to purchase via mail.
How you Can Support MBCC's Work

Join Us!

Annual memberships are available at various levels for both individuals and businesses. Click here to join us online.

... or please consider a donation of any amount to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. You can donate online and make a secure donation using your credit card or PayPal account.

... 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, please see the "or you can hold a fundraising event or initiative" section of our Donate page to register your fundraiser. Download our Fundraiser Guide here. Or, you may contact us at 207-945-0008 or
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:
Brewer Fraternal Order of Eagles Club #3177
Brewer Fraternal Order of Eagles Club Ladies' Auxiliary
Fraternal Order of Eagles Club #4131
Greater Bangor Area Women's Ski and Snowboard Club
JC Penney Inc. Corporate Giving Program
Maine State Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Clubs
Ware-Butler, Inc.
Winslow Soccer Boosters
We are grateful for donations from:

Helen Ronco
Donna Burt in honor of Brenda Reynolds


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:

  • Financial support for underserved people with breast health or breast cancer needs
  • Advocacy for breast cancer research and legislation
  • Education to promote knowledge about breast cancer and quality care
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