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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Our family went through a terrible loss when our mom passed away from kidney cancer. My dad wanted to make a donation to the cancer foundation through Mary's Walk in Saco. My sister told my dad if he made the donation that she would walk. Well My family came together and we raised donations and walked in memory of our mom. This year we will do it again with hopes that out team grows. CANCER is one word and it can be beat. And it will be some day

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Maine Cancer Foundation has provided valuable seed funding to Maine Medical Center Research Institute for cancer research. Much of this research, done here in Maine, will contribute to international knowledge on the causes and treatment of cancer, and many of the projects seeded by MCF funds have gone on to receive larger sustaining NIH funding. MCF has primed the pump for research and kept our donations working here in Maine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Camaraderie... Sisterhood.. community... neighbor helping neighbor.. empowering.. healing.. the Tri 4 Cure is a marvelously huge and successful event. An outpouring.. an outward expression of Love for the many lives effected. A collective determination to rewrite history about cancer in our lives. As a three time participant in the Tri 4 Cure.. I am so proud to contribute to such a professionally orchestrated worthy cause. Cali

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Donor

Rating: 5

Even though my sister in law was facing a recurrence of her breast cancer in Alabama, we got information from the Maine Cancer Foundation. It was very helpful.

The research initiatives that Maine Cancer Foundation supports are impressive and provide a lot of hope that improved treatment and maybe a cure are within reach. I am very impressed how a relatively small organization does so much good. Thank you.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My mother was recently (a few months ago) diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Despite this devastating diagnosis, my family and I are so incredibly grateful to the Maine Cancer Center and to the Maine Cancer Foundation for all of the support we have received in the last few months. The community that is fostered in southern Maine through the Maine Cancer Foundation is amazing- from the care received at the Center to the events (my sister and a few family friends participated in the Twilight 5k fundraiser)- we are blessed to be a part of this community.The Maine Cancer Center is an invaluable part of the community because it provides much needed resources and support.

1 Jenny67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a volunteer & past participant in the Tri for a Cure, I must say it was very well organized and communicated.

I have lost my sister, mother, friends and father in law to this disease. Often I ask myself how I will get through some of the 'tough' days when they are heavy on my mind and then I realize everyone has their own heartbreaking story, I am not alone. What was the most memorable & enjoyable part of the Tri, a life changing experience, was that I had the opportunity through activities or clinics to meet others that have been impacted by cancer too. This seemed to bring a real personal aspect of our efforts and empowered me to feel like I was making a difference!

Great organization!


1 C Lynn B.

Donor

Rating: 4

I participated in Tri for a Cure, a wonderfully run fund raiser with adequate information provided as to where and what the donations would be used for.

1 Stephanie155

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was part of a 3 person relay team. I have to say that everything was wonderful. The race was seamless and felt like it was one of the top races I have participated in.

As a relay team member, I felt as though the relays were somewhat of an "afterthought" - the signs for where the relay members needed to transition were lacking and many volunteers didn't know much about where things were in relation to the relay team. The transition at the swim was a bit difficult since there were so many people, and the relays were at the far end making the transition harder. The place where we met our runner and joined in at the finish was poorly marked.

These things are minor and did not impact our overall performance, just would help to make things a little easier next time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Maine Cancer Foundation's support has been instrumental to our organization, Hopsice of Southern Maine, in allowing us to provide direct assistance to cancer patients at the end of life, as well as to the family members of cancer patients. We are impressed by the Foundation's strong commitment to providing services to people living with cancer, and by the ease we've experienced in working with MCF through the grant application process. Our organization is very grateful to the Maine Cancer Foundation an d its donors and supporters for helping us to provide compassion, care and comfort to cancer patients. Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

We have recently conducted a colorectal cancer screening program with farmworkers in Maine with grant funding from MCF. Their staff has been extremely helpful, providing us with free educational materials specific to our population, informing us about networking opportunities with other providers working on CR Cancer, and checking in regularly to hear about our successes and challenges. They have offered insightful suggestions and information in order to help us improve our screening activities on several occasions. I appreciate both their flexibility, patience, and support for our screening program during its first year of implementation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation is such a great organization. I have worked with them in the past to plant tulips for breat cancer awareness, as well as participated in the Tri for a Cure and Twilight 5k. All events were run with both professionalism and compassion, and I have always found any member of the team or staff to be a delight.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The current reality is that everyone is affected by cancer. Everyone knows a close friend or family member who has received this tragic diagnosis. Maine Cancer Foundation is working to ensure our future reality is dramatically different by funding innovative research aimed at eradicating cancer. I fully support their efforts since I know they are having an immediate impact and will have a tremendous world changing long-term impact.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Maine Cancer Foundation, it's Staff and Board of Directors, have been some of the most open-minded, clear thinking folks I have had the pleasure of working with over the past several years. Their willingness to learn about the details of the transportation services our Volunteer Drivers provide to allow people to access cancer care, has been truly energizing. Rather than being wedded to one perspective, they have been interested in supporting the program we have operated, and have offered to work collaboratively as we face new challenges with other funding streams.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In time of dwindling research funding support from the government, Maine Cancer Foundation plays an important role in supporting cutting-edge cancer research in Maine. The foundation's continual involvement in cancer research lays a strong platform for the development of better cancer therapies and brings enormous hope to cancer patients around the globe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are all touched by Cancer, I have always wanted to participate in a physical event to support a good cause. So when I requested a slot in the TRI FOR A CURE, I was thrilled. It truly was a life changing experience, and I am more then ever aware of how blessed we are here in Maine to have such a great medical facility and staff, as well as a wonderfully strong Maine Cancer Foundation, whom are the helpful folks to support our amazing Medical facilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Maine Cancer Foundation, what are they all about? Leader in the Cancer Community, financial support for Cancer patients, Researchers, Oncology professionals and community Cancer Awareness. These efforts are supported through the many generous donations and impressive Fund Raising efforts. Thank you Maine Cancer Foundation you're on the top of my list for Non profits!

Review from Guidestar

1 Amanda104

Donor

Rating: 4

I love that this foundation works towards research and development of cures for all types of cancers that affect people of all ages. I also love that all the funding stays in my state to help support family, friends, and neighbors.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Love the events and how they touch the community of Maine! the money that is raised here stays here is such a great thing. People helping people and making great changes in the Cancer Community! Supporting research, education & patient support for Maine! Thank you MCF.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have spent time as both a fund raising event participant and a volunteer (event and administrative) for this organization. I believe that Maine Cancer Foundation does it's best to wisely utilize all the funds it raises to meet the needs of a wide variety of audiences in the cancer community in Maine. It provides funding that can make a difference for all types of cancer. MCF supports a wide range of activities from services to assist cancer patients today to grants which support research and education to make a difference in the future.