CAMDEN, Maine — Camden National Bank has donated 22 gas cards to the Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center. The Maritime Farms gas cards will be given to women with breast cancer who have to travel to receive treatment. This is the fourth year Camden National has provided PBMC with gas cards.
“We are so pleased to be able to support our neighbors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer,” said Jane Dagley, Camden National Bank’s Camden market manager. “It’s great to see our staff and our customers join together to raise money for this important cause.”
Camden National’s Camden Square branch, located at 145 Elm St., held its fourth annual book sale last fall to raise the money to purchase the gas cards. Bank customers and employees donated books, which were then displayed in the lobby where other customers could peruse and purchase them. All books were purchased by donation. In total, customers donated $1,100, which translated to 22 $50 gas cards from Maritime Farms. Maritime Farms did not charge any fees for the cards, allowing the $1,100 to go further.
“Treatments are incredibly expensive, but there are also incidentals — like gas — that add up,” said Ginny Vaitones, clinical care coordinator for PBMC’s Pen Bay Cancer Care Center. Camden National has been working with Vaitones to provide gas cards to patients since the annual book sale started four years ago.
The sale has grown each year and over the years has been accompanied by bake sales and informational hand outs about breast cancer. Next year, both of Camden National’s Camden branches will team up to raise awareness and more funds for breast cancer patients. Tellers Lori Meservey and Olive Tinker — a two-time breast cancer survivor — pioneered the fundraiser.
“Breast cancer affects so many women and so many families,” said Tinker, who successfully battled breast cancer in 1994 and again in 2007. “We need to do all we can to help.”
The Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center provides cancer treatment and support, detection and diagnosis, plus a full range of educational and counseling services. The center is staffed by an on-site, board-certified hematologist/oncologist, a social worker dedicated to the unique needs of cancer patients, and nurses with a special interest in caring for patients with cancer, several of whom have certification in oncology nursing.