Cancer center sets fundraising goal at $100,000

Posted July 13, 2009, at 7:06 p.m.

Cancer Support Center of Maine, which serves residents of Penobscot, Hancock and Waldo counties and is located in Bucksport, is kicking off a fundraising campaign, “We Can Help — You Can Help,” with a goal of raising $100,000, wrote CSCM executive director Barbara Vittum.

Launching the fundraiser will be a Benefit Wine Tasting, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Bangor Y’s Isaac Farrar Mansion on Union Street.

“To adequately prepare the right amount of food and drink,” Vittum wrote, “tickets are $25” and are available at State Street Wine Sellers and Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor and at BookStacks and the Cancer Support Center in Bucksport.

Vittum reminds readers that “one in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.”

Proceeds from this event and others “throughout the year, will help start a Direct Client Service Fund, giving money directly to cancer patients in dire situations, and provide outreach and educational programs in the community,” Vittum said.

For more information about this event or the services of CSCM, write to 147 Main St., Bucksport 04416, call 469-6363 or visit www.cancersupportcenterofmaine.org.

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Jill Lang reports reservations are requested for the next Quarry Hill Adventures in Living Well series designed for adults 55 and older.

The program is Vietnam in a New Light: Exploring Vietnamese Culture and Cooking, with chef Peter Gelman of Cappy’s Chowder House in Camden.

The program is 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Anderson Inn at Quarry Hill in Camden.

The event is free. Reservations can be made by calling 230-6114.

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“Despite the weather, work is progressing on the Habitat for Humanity home now under construction, in Hancock, for the family of Fred and April Rumill, ” wrote Tom Walsh.

“The home’s stolen copper pipes have been replaced and the exterior of the three-bedroom home is being painted between rainstorms.”

However, Walsh added, “volunteers are needed to paint interior doors and trim, and to help with landscaping.”

If you can volunteer, call April Rumill at 565-3179 or 664-3303.

Walsh added that “weather permitting, the family hopes to move into their new home in early August.”

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The Maine Commission for Community Service has announced registration opens Wednesday, July 15, for the Blaine House Conference on Volunteerism on Oct. 13 at the University of Maine in Orono.

The keynote speaker will be Martin J. Cowling, president and CEO of People First-Total Solutions, who is considered “one of Australia’s leading consultants on not-for-profit and volunteer management,” the release states.

For more information and to register, visit www.volunteermaine.org.

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Friends Nancy Norton of Hudson and Laurie Dunton of Corinth, who share the unbearable loss of a child, are once again taking their hike up Mount Katahdin to raise funds for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Ronald McDonald House and CancerCare of Maine.

The women hope to raise $3,000 in memory of their sons, Shane Wood-Norton and Justin Dunton, who both died of cancer.

Their hike begins at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 19, in Baxter State Park, and they will hike the Sentinel Trail although anyone who wants to join them “can pick any trail they like,” Norton wrote.

Because of the difficult economic times, the women have decided this will be their last such fundraiser, adding they are “just asking people, if they have donated before, to please keep donating to these organizations that help others so much.”

If you are interested in participating in this hike, or in helping in any way, call Norton at 884-4169 or Dunton at 478-4995.

To contribute to the fundraiser, checks can be made out to the Shane Wood-Norton Fund and mailed to 25 Brandy Lane, Hudson 04449.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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