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$5.6 million grant award to create state-wide prevention and screening program

There is a harsh reality facing the people of Maine: local lung cancer rates are among the highest in the nation and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state. For years, an ad-hoc network of isolated programs have struggled to make improvements, but one Maine physician is ready to take on the entire spectrum of cancer screening, prevention and treatment in a bid save move lives.

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Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH, director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the MMC Research Institute, is the Principal Investigator for the recently announced Maine LungCAPS initiative, a program designed to improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer in Maine.

MCF: What drew you toward a career in medicine?

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We are very excited to announce that our official Media Sponsor WMTW Channel 8 will be on site and broadcasting the entire Tri for a Cure LIVE on Sunday, July 17 from 5 AM to 10AM. 

Tell your friends to tune in LIVE on Sunday morning and watch you Tri for a Cure! Live streaming will also be available on Facebook. #triforacure

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The Portland City Council gave unanimous approval on Monday night to a new proposal by the Health and Human Services Committee that will raise the minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.

"We applaud this move by the Portland City Council," said Tara Hill, Executive Director of Maine Cancer Foundation. "Maine has one of the highest rates of lung cancer death in the country, and tobacco use accounts for nearly half of all cancer deaths in our state. We share a deep commitment to reducing tobacco use in our state, especially among young people."

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Download the 2016 Athlete Guide

Table of Contents:

I. Calendar of Events

II. Bike Inspection Reminder & New Relay Chip Exchange Process

A. Bike Pre-Check Option
B. Relay Transition Change

III. Expo Day & Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up (Mandatory)

A. Expo Day Activities
B. Athlete Packet Pick-Up

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We hope you're using the fine weather to get in some training for the Tri for a Cure. There are several clinics and training opportunities coming up:

Transition Clinics:

In this one-hour class, participants will learn about transition flow between swim-bike-run, how to set up a transition station, safety and USAT rules. Ample time will be provided for Q&A.  

Please note: If you are a first-time triathlete, it is imperative that you attend a transition clinic!

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We are accepting grant applications from now until July 22nd to fund additional Cancer Patient Navigators in Maine with grant awards up to $164,000 over a three year period.

Maine-based cancer programs are encouraged to apply for grant funding to create or expand patient navigator positions. Patient Navigators are equipped to guide cancer patients through their individual journey in the cancer treatment process and to make sure each person receives the highest quality care. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on July 22, 2016.

Apply for a Patient Navigator Grant

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We have two fantastic raffle items this year: a brand new women's racing bike and a Riviera 10'6" paddleboard!

Buy Raffle Tickets


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Portland, Maine. The Milad B. Tri for a Cure Pickleball Tournament, named in honor of Milad Bozorgnia, welcomed 54 players to the center court at Deering High School on June 4th. The group beat their previous fundraising record, with more than $3,000 collected to support the Tri for a Cure and Maine Cancer Foundation

"Cancer has affected so many of us in very personal ways," said Denise Reynolds, tournament organizer. "We are grateful to the many people who came together for this cause, to raise funds for a wonderful organization committed to decreasing the incidence of cancer in Maine."

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It's always fun to find out that our support materials are helpful - and award-winning!

A special thank-you to the kind folks at Burgess Advertising & Marketing who design our annual Triathlete guide. We just learned that last year's guide won a Golden Arrow Award from the Maine Public Relations Council.