Maine Breast Cancer Coalition Winter 2014 Newsletter
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2013 MBCC Year-In-Review
By the Numbers 
years since MBCC
was established

volunteers statewide


estimated volunteer hours
donated last year


value of volunteer hours @$15/hr


primarily grant-funded
part-time assistants


Support Service Fund
grants to Maine people

 (see SSF summary below for details)
MBCC individual members


MBCC business members



Zero can be a
good thing!

number of
full-time employees


amount spent on
office rental


paid fundraising staff


2013 was a productive year for MBCC in all three focus areas of our mission:
Service, Advocacy, Education
Service ...
2013 Support Service Fund 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, 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.

Support Service Fund milestones:
  • Number of years since the Fund was started: 14
  • Number of applicants the first year: 50
  • Number of applicants in 2013: 375
  • Total amount awarded to qualified applicants in the past 14 years: nearly $1,300,000
  • Number of people helped by the Fund since it began: 2,800+ 
Statistics from the 2013 Support Service Fund program:  
  • Number of approved applications: 364
  • Counties represented: all 16 Maine counties
  • Total amount awarded: $169,914
  • Average grant amount: $466.80
  • Age range of applicants: 28 to 88
Representative items and services funded in 2013: 
  • 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, call MBCC toll free at 1-800-928-2644, email us at, or download an easy-to-complete application from our web site at Call us if you need help completing the application.

How is the Support Service Fund funded? 

The Support Service Fund is supported in part by grants from the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® and the Borman Family Foundation; the Maine Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate Program; also, 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 organizations and businesses, including the York Hospital Breast Cancer Survivors Group, the Greater Bangor Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Pink Sock Foundation, Maine Fraternal Order of Eagles Groups, PATCO Construction, F. R. Carroll Concrete, Inc., Charlie’s Family of Dealerships, Fisher Snowplows, St. Joseph Healthcare (in-kind donations of printing), individual contributions by members and supporters of MBCC, and the dedication of our volunteers and our Support Service Fund program assistant.
Advocacy ...

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition advocacy committee members, Bethany Zell and Laurel Bezanson, represented MBCC in Washington, D.C. last May at the 2013 Advocate Leadership Summit of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. They engaged in two days of intensive training leading up to “Lobby Day”, when they met with Maine’s legislators.
Bethany wrote, “On May 7, as the summit concluded, Laurel and I had the honor of sharing our experience and knowledge of breast cancer with each of Maine’s Senators and Congressmen in a whirlwind day on Capitol Hill. Senator Susan Collins again agreed to be a co-lead sponsor of the Senate’s Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act. As a result of the advocacy work done on Lobby Day 2013, Senator Angus King has since signed on to the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act. Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have both signed on to the House version. 
Work continues on getting Maine organizations and business owners to give an Organizational Endorsement to Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. The mission of Breast Cancer Deadline 2020® is to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020. To date, Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and three Maine businesses have given their organizational endorsement of the Deadline. In 2013, work began on seeking endorsements for the Deadline from Maine legislators as well.”
During 2014, National Breast Cancer Coalition’s number one priority will be the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act.

According to National Breast Cancer Coalition, “the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act, first introduced in the 112th Congress, defines an important role the federal government must play in Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®. The legislation was reintroduced in the 113th Congress in the spring of 2013 in both chambers of Congress.
This landmark legislation has 26 bipartisan co-sponsors in the Senate and 178 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House. The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act complements and enhances the strategic work being done by NBCC to know how to end breast cancer once and for all by January 1, 2020.

The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act focuses on identifying strategies for primary prevention, stopping women from getting breast cancer, and understanding and preventing metastasis (the spread of cancer), which is responsible for 90% of breast cancer deaths. It would create the “Commission to Accelerate the End of Breast Cancer” composed of a few representatives from biomedical research, business, breast cancer advocacy, and other related and unrelated disciplines, who have demonstrated an ability to be innovative. This tactical commission would be tasked with identifying promising opportunities, tools, technology and ideas not currently being prioritized for breast cancer by the public and private sectors, but which hold true promise in ending breast cancer. It will implement strategies to leverage these opportunities and maximize prior investments in these areas.”
Education ...


Events:  In 2013, MBCC volunteers represented our organization at many breast cancer, breast health, and women's health-related events throughout the state.
(photo: MBCC booth at the Caring Connections Women's Health Fair)

Caring Connections Women's Health Fair – Bangor 
Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® Race for the Cure – Portland
Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
® Race for the Cure – Bangor
Acadia Lymphedema Conference  â€“ Bar Harbor
ACS Living With Cancer Conference – Augusta
ACS Living With Cancer Conference – Bar Harbor
Mammography Tech Training Conference – Augusta
... and more.

Our displays at events offer free information on breast cancer and breast health resources, and visitors to our table have a chance to meet MBCC volunteers and find out more about our work. Check our News and Events page often or "like" us on Facebook for updates on 2014 events where MBCC will be present. We would be pleased to meet you!

Resources:  We continue to update and improve our online list of breast cancer/breast health resources. Visit the Resources page of our website for information about Maine and national resources. 

More news ...
Meet the Volunteer

“I choose to volunteer because MBCC helps people with breast cancer.”

Norma Murray,
MBCC Vice-President
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition is a volunteer-based organization. With the exception of one volunteer who is also a part-time Support Service Fund program assistant primarily funded by a Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® grant, we are all volunteers.

Norma Murray joined MBCC four years ago, and is our current vice-president. She is no stranger to volunteer work! She not only volunteers for MBCC, but also at her church and charitable clubs, besides working at her job.
Describe how you got started with MBCC.
“I got started through a friend who was an MBCC volunteer. We have been friends for many years, and she asked me to join.”
Why do you choose to volunteer your time with MBCC?
“I choose to volunteer because MBCC helps people with breast cancer. I think this is very important. Dealing with breast cancer is bad enough without having any resources to pay for everyday expenses, as well as mammograms.”
What tasks do you typically do for MBCC?
“I am vice-president of MBCC and represent the organization at functions.”

What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I am treasurer of my church, the Prospect Harbor Methodist Church. I also volunteer at suppers, yard sales, craft fairs, and bake sales. I am also a member of the Ellsworth Elks, where I do volunteer work, and a member of the Brewer Eagles, who raise a lot of funds for MBCC.” 

Tell about an unusual or surprising fact about yourself.
“I work at the Hannaford Store in Ellsworth doing food samples. I have one daughter who is a member of MBCC, two grandsons, who are a big help to me, and six great grandchildren!”

For information about becoming an MBCC volunteer, contact us at: 
or 1-800-928-2644

A Note of Thanks to the
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition

We often hear from Support Service Fund recipients who let us know how much the assistance has meant to them. With Jeannie’s permission, we are publishing her letter here.

“My name is Jeannie, and I survived breast cancer with the help of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition. I am a single mom of a thirteen-year-old boy, and I teach computer technology at a community college. I was diagnosed with breast cancer the week before I was to start teaching, and was scared. I was scheduled to teach three classes at the college and three for the adult education department in my hometown.

Unlike the corporate job that I held previously, if I don’t teach classes, I don’t get paid. When the stress of the surgery, treatment, and lack of income were looming, my breast surgeon and oncologist thankfully suggested that I contact the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition for help. I underwent two surgeries; the first was a lumpectomy where more cancer was found, followed by a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
My prognosis is excellent, and the likelihood that cancer will return is extremely low, as it was discovered at stage one and not present in the lymph nodes. The Maine Breast Cancer Coalition came to my rescue and paid for my heating oil, large phone bill, electric bill, gas for to and from my many doctor’s appointments, food, and even helped me pay for acupuncture treatment for pain due to surgery complications.
I don’t know how I would have made it through this without their support. It was so nice to have this much-needed help so that I could concentrate on healing and remain positive without having to worry about how my regular bills were going to be paid. MBCC helped my recovery and gave me some much-needed financial support, for which I am extremely grateful.

Thanks again.


Attention Businesses:

Consignment Sales of 
the Pink Album

Revenue from Pink Album sales goes to our Support Service Fund and directly benefits Maine residents with unmet breast cancer or breast health needs. 

If your business would like to help by selling the Pink Album on consignment, please contact us at 1-800-928-2644 or Salons, Maine-based products stores, gift shops and coffee shops are examples of perfect venues for Pink Album consignment sales. 
Do You Have Your 
Maine Breast Cancer Specialty License Plate Yet?

There are now more than 16,000 of these plates on the road! Join these fellow-Mainers in helping to support breast cancer education, research, and patient support here in Maine.

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 are available from BMV branch offices and most town offices, or at
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. Read our Fundraiser Guide here. Or, you may contact us at 1-800-928-2644 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 or joined MBCC as business members:
Acapello Salons and Mensroom Salon
Allied Health Advantage
Bangor Area Women’s Ski and Snowboard Club
Bangor Plastic & Hand Surgery staff
Banking for a Cure 5K Walk---Nikki Tuttle
Brighton Collectibles, Maine Mall Store
Boothbay Region Elementary School
Diversified Communications
F. R. Carroll, Inc.
Charlie’s Family of Dealerships
Dare to Dance Fitness Studios
Eau Clair Hair Care
Fisher Engineering (Douglas Dynamics), Rockland
Foreside Fitness and Tennis
Greater Portland Christian School Association
Inn By the Sea
Intermed PA, South Portland
Madeline’s Hair Replacement Clinic
Maine Mountain Soap and Candle
Maine Municipal Association

Mayo Regional Hospital
Melinda Molin, MD
MMP Women’s Health Maternal and Fetal Medicine: Ob-Gyn
A New Leaf Salon and Spa
PATCO Construction
People’s Salon and Spa
People’s United Bank, Bangor
Pink Initiative---Emilie Sommer
Piscataquis Community High School
Ri-Ra Irish Pub
Seacoast Hand Therapy
Sevastra Photography
A Special Place
St. Joseph Hospital---(in-kind donations of printing)
Thomas College Women’s Soccer
Walmart Transportation Department---Lewiston
Westbrook Fire Department
Westbrook Middle School
York Hospital Breast Cancer Survivors Group
Zumba for the Cure---Krystal Blaisdell

                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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