Every year in September and October, our community comes together to rally around our cancer survivors, fighters and loved ones - at Cancer Survivors Day and the Walk for Hope. Both days are filled with joy, tears and hope as we celebrate those we've lost and those who have fought and continue to fight.

 

MaineGeneral is combining these two events into one: 

Day of Hope

 

We can't come together- physically -to share these moments and make these memories.

 

But our cancer community still needs us.

 

The Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care provides care to more than 12 percent of Maine’s cancer patients. In 2020, estimates predict there will be 8,180 new cancer diagnoses in Maine.

 

And so we hope you will join us - and come together virtually in celebration and in hope - to support the work of MaineGeneral's Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care. Join us in supporting those who have been through it's doors and those who will need us in the years to come. 

Heidi

Heidi had just gotten married in June 2005. She and her new husband were celebrating their honeymoon at the beach when she felt a stabbing pain in her chest. After several rounds of diagnostics, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
8 rounds of chemotherapy.

35 radiation treatments.
Full mastectomy.
An ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Removal of her ovaries.

Each followed the other, challenging Heidi every step of the way. But every day, she got up and she fought. She fought for her life and she kept working while doing it. A coworker who nominated Heidi to be a marshal at this year’s Walk for Hope comments, “Heidi never let cancer stop her from going above and beyond in her work. She has been resilient and strong and I can’t think of a better person to lead the Walk for Hope.”

Jennifer

Jennifer was pregnant with her second son when she experienced swelling under her arm. A lump developed in her breast and she became concerned she wouldn’t be able to nurse her baby. She knew something wasn’t right, and further testing and diagnostics gave the answer no one wants to hear – breast cancer. Keegan was born and shortly after, Jenn began a rigorous round of chemotherapy – thankful that a targeted treatment was available for her specific, rapid, aggressive, tumor type.

Jenn is still fighting. With testing, surgery and potential radiation treatments looming, she wakes up every day prepared to fight and to be strong for 6-month-old Keegan, and 8-year-old son, Blake.

They are why she walks.

Joel

Joel served our country, returning home from a deployment in 2006. He had a plan for his life; rising in the ranks of the military, getting married, having children. Cancer changed everything. Joel was diagnosed in 2006 with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He received treatment at “the old” MaineGeneral, on 6 East Chestnut Street. He went into remission – and then his cancer came back. In 2013, he received treatment at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC) and again, his cancer entered remission. And then it came back. Another round of treatment in October 2018 has sent his cancer back into remission. This battle on the home front has been a wakeup call to Joel, a wakeup to his faith and purpose.

When asked what the Walk for Hope means to Joel, he says, “The Walk represents strength – there are so many who can’t walk and who aren’t here. Walking for them is important, showing a united front in the face of cancer.”

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