With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mainers everywhere have been doing their part to raise awareness and contribute to fundraising efforts.
Komen Maine, our state's Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate, raised more than $200,000 through their signature Race for the Cure events that were held in Portland and Bangor. The races drew more than 3,600 walkers, more than 220 volunteers and were sponsored by WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2.
For more information on the events, Komen Maine's mission and/or to make a donation to their research endeavors, please visit: www.komenmaine.org
Another signature fundraising effort in Maine, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, took place in four locations, including: Cape Elizabeth, Brunswick, Damariscotta and Kittery. Funds raised from these walks will help to support the American Cancer Society's efforts to help research, treat, cure breast cancer and also ensure access to regular mammograms.
Diversified Ink, a tattoo shop in Bangor, selected 28 breast cancer survivors to receive complimentary pink ribbon tattoos to commemorate and honor the survivors' personal stories, experiences and battles. Candidates for the free body ink selected from 10 different artwork designs that will serve as a permanent reminder of their journeys.
For more information on breast cancer education, awareness and fundraising events throughout Maine, please visit the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition's website: www.mainebreastcancer.org