Cummings Trust Enables Cancer Patient Navigation Work to Continue
Healthy Acadia and the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center are pleased to announce a $50,000 grant from the H. King and Jean Cummings Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The grant will enable the organizations to jointly provide cancer patient navigation services in Washington County over the next two years. These funds fulfill much of a financial match that makes the partnering organizations eligible to receive a second and third year of Maine Cancer Foundation funding to continue this important work.
“The Cummings Fund is pleased to be a major supporter of the Patient Navigator Program collaboration between the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center and Healthy Acadia in memory of Marion Kane, who succumbed to cancer in 2012,” Kane’s sons, Chris and Dan, and Cummings trustee Warren Cook, said.
Marion and her husband Dan were longtime residents of Hancock County. As president of the Maine Community Foundation for more than 20 years, Kane focused on issues and programs in downeast Maine. This grant to the Washington County Cancer Patient Navigator Program continues her history of contributions to communities in the region.
Launched in late 2016, the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation serves 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. Navigators Angela Fochesato and Marianne Moore support patients at all stages of their cancer journeys. They currently help around 70 cancer patients and caregivers to navigate the healthcare and social service systems and access appropriate diagnostic, treatment, recovery, support, and financial services. They are also increasingly working to provide prevention and education services to reduce cancer rates.
Funded almost entirely in its first year by the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Challenge Cancer 2020 Initiative to reduce cancer rates by 20%, the Downeast Cancer Patient Navigation project requires local matching funds to continue and to further develop into years two and three. The Cummings Trust grant, along with business and community support through Healthy Acadia’s Hungry for Health 2017 campaign, in partnership with Hancock and Washington county restaurants, enables the work to continue into year two and provides a boost to fundraising efforts for year three.