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The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

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Cancer Touches Everyone in Maine
For the first time in history, cancer is the leading cause of death in Maine. In fact, our state has the highest cancer rate in the nation. An estimated 7,500 Mainers will be diagnosed with cancer in the next year, and over 3,000 will die from this disease. That's 8 people every day who leave behind family and friends.

But There is Hope
At Maine Medical Center, scientists and clinicians work together in the fight against cancer, one of the most challenging medical issues of our time. Our medical research programs strive to improve patient care and outcomes by providing access to leading-edge treatment options and the highest quality care. These outstanding educational and research programs attract some of the nation's top doctors and nurses, making MMC a better hospital.

Scientists and clinicians at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) conduct both basic and translational cancer research into prevention, diagnosis, and care. Basic research helps us better understand the underlying mechanisms of the disease, creating the foundation for breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment. Translational research seeks ways to turn this knowledge into new ways to diagnose and treat cancer.

You Can Make a Difference
Your support is crucial if we are to maintain our momentum in the fight against cancer. It takes highly skilled scientists and sophisticated tools to unlock cancer's secrets. And this costs money, more money than MMC can generate without your help.

Generous individuals like you can make a difference in the lives of people in Maine and beyond by supporting our pioneering cancer research and quality care. There are many ways to make contributions to MMC, including annual giving, planned gifts, bequests, or matching gifts from your employer. We appreciate all gifts, regardless of size, because they do make a difference.

Among the ways you can support cancer research and care at MMC:

  • Many patients and families express a profound gratitude for the care they or their loved one received at MMC, and they want to "give back" or honor those who provided care. Making a gift that ensures continued quality care is a valued way to say I Am Grateful.
  • A gift to Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP) supports patient care, education, psychosocial services, outreach, advocacy and new programs not covered by insurance or patient fees.  All gifts to MCCP benefit the children and their families, supporting both state-of-the-art equipment and three full-time social workers who provide support throughout a patient’s life when requested.
  • The Patient Navigator program, at no cost to patients, provides specially trained nurses to help patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options and facilitate the decision-making process about their treatment options. In addition, an American Cancer Society Patient Navigator is available - also at no charge - to help patients navigate the community support resources available to them. Your gift to this program ensures that patients have an exceptional level of support during their cancer journey.
  • The Marshall L. and Susan Gibson Pavilion Inpatient Oncology Unit at MMC receives all after-tax profits from the sale of Granny Kirkwood's Bakery Scottish Shortbreads, made in a variety of flavors and shipped throughout the U.S. from their bakery in South Portland. Products also are available at southern Maine retail locations including Hannaford Supermarkets, Pond Cove IGA in Cape Elizabeth and Whole Foods in Portland.

Do you have an idea for raising funds to support our work? Pat Connolly did.
On June 29, 2009 Pat and 19 other climbers attempted an ascent of 14,410' Mt. Rainier in Washington State in memory of his uncle, "Rockin'" Rod Scribner (the third such climb). The “Climb for Cancer Care” raised money that directly benefited patients and families who receive care at The Marshall L. and Susan Gibson Pavilion with comfort amenities during their stay, including music, art, educational resources and more.

For more information, please contact us:

Maine Medical Center Development Office
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102
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22 Bramhall Street | Portland, Maine 04102-3175 | 1-(877)-831-2129