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Christine B. Foundation Partners to Support Cancer Patient Navigation Program

Healthy Acadia and Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Christine B. Foundation (CBF) to strengthen the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program. CBF has joined the leadership committee as well as invested $10,000 in this program serving the Washington County cancer community.

In 2008, at age 47, Christine B. Dexter lost her battle to stomach cancer. A loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to many, Christine’s passion to build strong relationships between family, and communities as a whole, inspired many. Her son, Matt, founded the Christine B. Foundation (CBF) in 2014 as a single fundraising run to support surrounding organizations working to build a community of support for those affected by cancer in Eastern Maine. A dedicated team, which includes Christine’s daughter, Danielle, and husband, Jim, has helped CBF to evolve into a foundation with multiple programs that serve to connect the cancer community and foster collaboration within cancer care.

“The CBF is delighted to be collaborating with Healthy Acadia and Beth C Wright in this impactful program which they’ve built. As CBF explores ways to build a community of support for those affected by cancer in Eastern Maine, we knew that this is a vital service for many in Washington County and that initial funding is diminishing.” said Matt Dexter, who serves as CBF’s President, Secretary & Executive Director. “Both the $10,000 investment from CBF and the collective leadership surrounding the programs future will help active patients, survivors, and their caregivers receive navigation services.” Dexter also serves on the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Board of Directors.

The Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program was launched in late 2016 to serve community members across the continuum of care, in collaboration with other partners in Washington County, a region of high cancer incidence, mortality, and limited access to care. Cancer Patient Navigators support patients at all stages of their cancer journeys. Navigators also provide prevention and education services in communities across Washington County to reduce cancer rates and increase early detection and treatment.

A three-year grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Challenge Cancer 2020 Initiative provides partial funding for the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, and requires the partners to raise local matching funds to continue and to further develop the program into years two and three. CBF’s generous contribution, along with a grant from the Cummings Trust of the Maine Community Foundation, and funds raised through Healthy Acadia’s “Hungry for Health” 2017 campaign, in partnership with Hancock and Washington county restaurants, enables this work to continue into year two and provides a boost to fundraising efforts for year three.

To date, the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program has helped more than 160 cancer patients and caregivers to navigate the healthcare and social service systems and access appropriate diagnostic, treatment, recovery, support, and financial services. The Program receives support and guidance from a volunteer steering committee; interested community members are welcome and invited to participate.

For more information about the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program or to make a donation, visit www.healthyacadia.org or www.bethwrightcancercenter.org and designate your gift for the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation Program. To learn how you can provide support and guidance for the Program as a steering committee member or community volunteer, email maria@healthyacadia.org or mreisman@bethwrightcancercenter.org.

Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality 20% by 2020. They have awarded nearly $9 million since 2015 in support of this initiative, focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers. To learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation, visit mainecancer.org, or contact Kristen Smith, kristen@mainecancer.org, 207.773.2533. 

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