The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is a 501c3 non-profit organization funded by private foundations, individual and corporate donations, and fundraisers. We embrace anyone affected by cancer through creating a hopeful and caring community providing support, resources, education, and wellness services. We offer one to one support; cancer resource navigation services; in-person, virtual and recorded wellness programs and activities; support groups for men and women; complementary therapy; travel and food assistance; and a variety of comfort items - all FREE - to anyone impacted by cancer....because no one should face cancer alone.
Norway Savings Bank Presents Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine with $10,000 “Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award”
NORWAY—Norway Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recipient of the 3rd annual “Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award” is the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, a non-profit organization based in Norway that is dedicated to embracing anyone affected by cancer with hope and caring through support, education, and services, all provided for free. As part of the award, the Center will receive $10,000 to continue its mission of ensuring nobody faces cancer alone.
“We are very grateful for this award. It will do so much good in the community,” said Diane Madden, Executive Director of the Center. “Our staff and volunteers were excited when they were notified of the award, which will help us in our mission of enhancing life for individuals and their loved ones who are facing the many challenges of cancer.”
The “Patricia Weigel Pay It Forward Award” was created in December 2021 to honor then-CEO, Pat Weigel, who was dedicated to making a positive community impact during her long career in banking. Through a voting process, Norway Saving Bank’s employees chose the Center as the winner from dozens of organizations receiving volunteer support from employees. “The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is such a worthy recipient of this award,” said Weigel, who remains chairwoman of the bank’s board of directors. “Norway Savings Bank has been honored to offer support to the Center since its inception, and the bank is grateful to be able to provide this new path of assistance.”
Norway Savings Bank is committed to contributing to the growth and betterment of Maine and its people. In 2023, the bank awarded $1,055,500 and employees donated thousands of volunteer hours to more than 350 nonprofits. The “Pay It Forward Award” is another example of the Bank’s commitment to giving back to communities.
“Our employees are doing impressive work at nonprofits that serve a wide range of community needs,” said Dan Walsh, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is a warm and welcoming organization making a real difference in the lives of many and it is certainly deserving of this recognition and assistance.”
To learn more about how you can assist the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, call 207-890-0329 or visit www.crcofwm.org. To learn more about Norway Savings Bank’s community giving programs, visit www.norwaysavings.bank.
Important Information for anyone with SNAP Benefits who lost power during the recent storm
According to DHHS, "benefits or food destroyed after receipt can be replaced by the Department if the loss was due to a Household Misfortune. Household Misfortune may include, but is not limited to, fire, flood, storm, loss of electricity (for any reason, including disconnections), equipment failure, and special disaster declarations."
If you think you are eligible,you have 10 days from the time your power was restored to submit the online form located here.
Tree Lighting & Remembrance Ceremony
Thank you to all who attended the Cancer Resource Centers 3rd annual tree lighting ceremony! A special thanks to Charlie of Norway Brewing, for keeping us warm with hot chocolate, warm cider and popcorn! Thank you to the volunteers for baking us treats! We will be thinking of you all during this holiday season and sending some extra love during this time of year.
CRCofWM Receives $5,000 grant for Nutrition Program
The Cancer Resource Center recently recently received a $5,ooo grant from NEWS CENTER MAINE and the TEGNA FOUNDATION to support work to address the immediate and long-term nutritional needs of cancer patients and their families, while addressing the challenges of food insecurity. This includes support to expand the Healthy Soup Program. Volunteers help staff make healthy soups that are stored in a freezer and available to cancer patients who either can’t get access to nutritious foods or don’t have the knowledge to prepare it.
Cancer Resource Center Receives Gift from Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation
Staff from the Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation presented the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine with a check for $4400, the proceeds from their annual ticket auction that was held at the end of October. Staff worked all year to procure items for the ticket auction, which has become a very popular annual event - over 200 items were available - everything from a flat screen TV to handcrafted earrings! This is definitely an event to put on your calendar for next year!
Left to Right: Heather Jackson, Falishia Ward, Diane Madden (CRCofWM), Katherine Hatch
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is the overall leading cause of cancer death in the United States and the second most frequently diagnosed malignancy in both men and women. It accounts for about 25% of cancer deaths in the U.S. Lung and bronchus cancer is also the leading cause of death in Maine. However, the rates of lung cancer and bronchus cancer deaths are significantly higher in Maine than in the U.S. for both males and females. (2023 Maine Cancer Snapshot; DHHS, Maine CDC)
Who Gets Lung Cancer
Anyone at any age can get lung cancer. However, lung cancer mainly occurs in older people, as most people diagnosed with the disease are aged 65 or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths. Using other tobacco products such as cigars or pipes also increases the risk for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals.
However, people who don’t smoke can develop lung cancer too. A new study found that out of 100 people in the United States who were recently diagnosed with lung cancer, about 12 of them (12%) had never smoked cigarettes. Risk factors for lung cancer not related to smoking include: exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, air pollution, and chemicals or materials at work such as asbestos.
Remembering Those Impacted by Lung Cancer
During November, we remember those who have faced this diagnosis, the families and loved ones who support these patients, and the medical professionals who do all they can to help patients survive and heal. In recent years, improved treatments, as well as enhanced early detection, have brought us closer toward turning cancer diagnoses from death sentences into treatable diseases. However, challenges persist for patients and their families. We would like to bring increased awareness to reducing the incidence of lung cancer and to increased screening.
Lung Cancer Screening
Screening is one of the most effective ways to detect lung cancer at its earliest stages when it is most treatable. And yet, less than 10% of eligible patients are routinely screened for lung cancer, resulting in thousands of preventable deaths every year in the U.S.
In an effort to reduce lung cancer deaths due to smoking across the country, the American Cancer Society has expanded and updated its lung cancer screening guidelines. The new guideline recommends yearly screening for people aged 50 to 80 years old who smoke or formerly smoked and have a 20-year or greater pack-year history. (Pack-years is the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day, multiplied by the number of years smoked.) The recommended annual screening test for lung cancer is a low-dose computed tomography scan (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT).
Talk to Your Doctor
The ACS stresses the importance of consulting with your doctor to help determine your eligibility for screening with a low-dose CT scan and the potential benefits, limits, and harms of yearly screening with LDCT scans. People who still smoke should receive counseling to help them quit. Maine residents can call 1-800-207-1230 for free help with quitting.
"Slaying the Dragon" to Support Breast Cancer Awareness
About 35 people turned out on Saturday, October 14th, many decked out in pink clothing and leis, to ride in a dragon boat ride to recognize that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many thanks to the Sun Journal for covering this story!
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Cancer Resource Center Distributes Care Baskets to Cancer Patients in Western Maine
CRCofWM Volunteer Margie Bartlett
with Care Baskets
Utilizing monies received through fundraising efforts and donations, the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine was able to make 50 Care Baskets to distribute to cancer patients located in western Maine who could use some extra help. The Care Baskets contain cleaning supplies, paper products and personal hygiene items. This is the third year of the project, which began during the COVID 19 pandemic as a result of many cancer patients not being able to purchase these items with their food stamps. Several volunteers came in to help put the baskets together.
NEW! Cancer Support Group for Men and Women at Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter
A new support group has started at Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter. It is an initiative of The Grateful Undead in collaboration with the Sacopee Valley Health Center and sponsored by the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine. The Grateful Undead is a non-profit organization providing programs and services to support older adults living in southwestern Maine.
The group meets the second and fourth Fridays. For more information, please call Marianne Wyer at: (207) 749-0392.
Set Your Spring Health and Wellness Goals
When you see the Flag...
We offer free resources and programs for those affected by cancer.
Location & Hours
59 Winter St.
Norway, ME 04268
Thursdays 9:00am to 3:00pm