ELLSWORTH — The Christine B. Foundation and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center will be co-hosting their Maine Cancer Series, starting with the Downeast Living with Cancer Conference: Living with Cancer in the Time of a Pandemic.
The event will be held via Zoom this year on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 9 am and will focus on the emotional, physical and nutritional well-being of cancer patients.
“Despite your cancer diagnosis, where you live or your age, finding resources and support can be challenging,” said Christine B. Foundation founder and Executive Director Matt Dexter. “This conference, and all that will follow in the Maine Cancer Series, is meant to inspire, educate, and unite our cancer community. You’re not facing cancer alone.”
Cancer is the leading cause of death in the state of Maine, with rates highest in eastern Maine. Based on American Cancer Society estimates, there will be 10,090 new cases of cancer in the state of Maine through 2021. Many Mainers are met with challenges to overcome the burdens brought on by cancer due to the high poverty rates, rural geographic plain and transportation distances — made even harder by the pandemic.
Since 2007, the Downeast Living With Cancer Conference has been bringing cancer survivors together to share experiences with each other and to inspire each other.
Agenda highlights will include a keynote by Dr. Jim Jarvis, a practicing family physician and the director of clinical education for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, a talk by featured speaker Susan Corbett of the National Digital Equity Center and sessions on nutrition, emotional well-being and cancer survivorship, among other important cancer-related topics.
Pre-registration is requested for the conference at https://www.mainecancerseries.org/events.
The Christine B. Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded by Matt Dexter, son of Christine B., who passed away from cancer in 2008. The organization began as Eastern Trek for Cancer, Inc. in 2014 and not long after inception was renamed to Christine B. Foundation Inc.
Established in 2004 and located in Ellsworth, the nonprofit Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center was born from an organization created by Beth C. Wright, who died of breast cancer in 2000. The center provides compassion, support, wellness groups, advocacy and education for patients, families and friends in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and/or remission.