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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: Maine Cancer Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of Maine people by funding cancer research, education and patient support programs. 100% of the funds raised remain in Maine.

Results: Since our formation in 1976, Maine Cancer Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to hundreds of organizations state-wide. A complete catalog of our grant recipients can be found here: http://mainecancer.org/all-grants

Target demographics: the fight against cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: the people of Maine by distributing more than $1,268,000 in grants to fight cancer!

Geographic areas served: Maine

Programs: grant funding for cancer research, education and patient support programs.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation does a great job raising money for cancer research that helps the Maine economy by staying here in Maine. I participated in Tri for a Cure and it was very well run and they were always there to help. I have had a mother and two sisters with breast cancer and many friends and it stinks. I hope a cure is found soon. MCF has some wonderful people working there and I hope someday we will know we were part of the cure!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Maine Cancer Foundation is a fabulous organization that provides much needed support for Cancer research and hope for a cure. I am a 3-time participant in the Tri For a Cure which is a life changing all women triathlon on Maine. This event allows me to feel as though I am part of finding a cure for all cancers. I participate in honor of my grandmother and aunts who have passed and in support of all those who continue the fight.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated in the Tri for a Cure and am so glad the money is used to help people rather than fill the pockets of the staff.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation continues to do a great job funding cancer research in Maine, as well as engaging with the broader cancer community - including those working in the field across the continuum of care, as well as survivors - to further inform their efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteer: I can not say enough good things about my experience with the Maine Cancer Foundation. Folks that volunteer merely to give back along with those directly staffed/affiliated with MCF are inspiring, helpful and giving. Generosity and the gift of good spirit are rare and the folks at the MCF are all about both! I've participated in the TFAC for 3 years now and am hopeful to again in 2016. Cancer has touched us all in one way or another, my mother, loved ones colleagues and friends. I just came clean from my first (hopefully last) lumpectomy. MCF remains strong and true to those in need. Bravo and thank you for what you do and thank you for allowing me to give back!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation is a great organization, stay true to their mission of reducing cancer in Maine and are a leader.

Rebecca157

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a runner for Maine Cancer Foundation's Tri for a Cure and Twilight 5K. Have run and raised money for them since 2008. I am confident the foundation is using my money well. I have actually spoken with other foundations that have been the recipients of money from Maine Cancer Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MCF is a top notch nonprofit organization. The roles that MCF fills in providing seed money for research projects, providing money for support/assistance to families going through the cancer journey and promoting patient education are essential to the fight against cancer and providing hope to cancer's victims. MCF does all of these roles very well.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a two time breast cancer survivor. When I lived in Gorham, Maine Cancer Foundation provided my follow up treatment and checkups for my first cancer. I now live in Texas, but for the last 3 years I have sponsored some of the women from Village School in Gorham who have run in the Tri For A Cure. I think it is a great cause and (even though I live in Texas), I love that the Maine Cancer Foundation keeps the money in Maine. Their website makes it easy to donate and I'm able to keep in touch with old friends and co-workers from Maine. I even entered the poster contest and although it wasn't chosen, one of the teams picked up my poster drawing and have incorporated it into their Tee-shirt that they wear at the Tri. So from a gal who lives in Texas, but still has part of her heart in Maine: "Bravo Maine Cancer Foundation -- Keep Up The Good Work". And thank you for your continued effort to fund the research for a cure of cancer!

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

Since Your Role would not let me pick two, I picked Donor even though I was also a client (of sorts). Actually I have had breast cancer twice, once in 2002 and once just this last October, 2013. Both times I was living in Texas. But I moved to Maine in 2006 and lived there for 5 years. While I was there I received wonderful follow up care from Dr. Tracey Weisberg. My care was exceptional. I have many friends that I left behind in Gorham and they comprise several of the teams that participate in each years Tri-For-A-Cure....so I am proud each year to sponsor them. I miss Maine a lot even though I am from Texas. Maine is a wonderful place to live.....and has the perfect slogan "Life The Way It Should Be". Maine Cancer Foundation does a wonderful job every year with their activities to raise money. Their dedication to helping find a cure is exemplary. Thank you for letting me be part of your group....even from a distance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an important part of the Maine Community. I was honored to participate in the annual 5K near the Portland Headlight in June 2015 while my dad was fighting cancer. It was an inspiring event to witness people coming together with hearts to make a difference.

1 Meredith21

Donor

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor, I am proud to support this independent Maine non-profit. Plus 100% of all the money raised stays 100% IN Maine and I love that!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an important part of the Maine Community. Tri For a Cure is an inspiring and magical event!

Donor

Rating: 1

Such an amazing organization that I'm proud to raise money for. a great experience for a great cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I knitted scarves, participated in the kerryman run as well as the tri for a cure. Great organization, raises money for cancer research that stays right here in maine!

2 Emily123

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unlike most cancer charities/organizations out there - MCF gets it! I am so proud of their new 20/20 goal and for focusing on PREVENTION! They are very transparent and I am proud to be a 3x participant and supporter of their annual race - Tri for a Cure!

1 Roisin M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation promotes creative
opportunities for Mainers to raise awareness
and funds to support cancer research. Supporting friends
as they golf, bike, ride or swim toward a brighter
future for those diagnosed with cancer is a
privilege. I am proud to support this Maine nonprofit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The main reason I volunteer, donate and support the Maine Cancer Foundation is just as the organizations' title says, "Maine". Donating time and money to other Cancer organizations is a good thing to do, but donating to the MAINE cancer foundation ensures that the dollars raised help support research and patient and family support for MAINE residents. I've lost immediate family members to breast, prostate, colon and appendiceal cancers!! I also have family members that are survivors of some those same cancers! :) We must keep on trying or "tri-ing"!!!:) :). Oh, and I have on my list of things to do: order some PINK TULIPS!! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a survivor of bilateral breast cancer I find your TriForACure a terrific event! My daughter Sue has participated as a single and as a team member for years. The information you give at your events is very helpful but meeting other survivors is the BEST. Thank you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister has done the Tri for a cure for several years, the event is wonderful and very inspiring for everyone involved and for everyone who supports the athletes. All the best in continuing the life saving work you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter ever since I did the Tri-for-a-Cure triathlon in 2010. The event offered courage and support to survivors, like me. It was a wonderful community event to raise awareness about all the Maine Cancer Foundation does. It was an event that helps to empower women in a competition-free athletic endeavor. It raises lots of money for research. Maine Cancer has functioned with professionalism and empathy. Great organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Tri-For -A-Cure this year for the first time. It was something I had always thought would be fun but never imagined I could get through such an athletic event as an average middle aged woman. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 1 year ago I decided that I would go through all the ups and downs of treatment and surgeries for one year in hopes of pulling together enough good health to participate in the TRI. It had been a dream and there was no sense in putting it off. My doctors agreed and it became a goal for me, my family, and my doctors. When I couldn't lift my tooth brush or my teenagers had to brush my hair for me we would laugh and joke that I had a lot of training to do before the TRI. Finally came the day where I was standing on the edge of the water with my new wetsuit at the TRI swim clinic a few weeks before the race. The director was thrilled to see so many first time participants and let us know that during our first swim things may happen. She was ready for them with kayakers, paddle boarders, coast guard boats, and swim angels to help along the way. Whatever came up we could deal with. MCF is a positive force in that same direction. Things like cancer will happen but we are ready for them. We have researchers, new treatments, new imaging, support groups, and out reach programs to deal with whatever happens on the way. MCF makes great strides in bringing hope and positive energy to Maine cancer patients now and for future generations who will benefit from their research gains.