YOU Make The Challenge

Take The Challenge in your own creative way and continue to help cancer patients and families.

Champion the Cure Challenge is happening this year, but it’s virtual! Here’s how you can participate:

  • Find your own way to take The Challenge and stand with those affected by cancer. It could be a special hike, a bike ride on a sunny Maine day, a paddle in your favorite stream, or a ride on your favorite friend around the stable.
  • Take photos or a brief video of your journey between May 1 and August 15 and share it on Facebook with the hashtag #YouMakeTheChallenge (Contact us at if you don’t use Facebook). We’ll share some of our favorites on social media, our website, and in a celebration video. (See additional guidelines and suggestions at
  • Join us for a special virtual celebration on Saturday, August 15! We’ll share stories and videos from the virtual Challenge, see how The Challenge is helping patients and families, and kick off the 2021 Champion the Cure Challenge.

Patients and families affected by cancer need our support now more than ever, but that support can come in many ways. For 2020, participants can choose to pay the regular registration fee, or register at no cost. What’s most important is that we’re coming together to make a difference.

Form a team or take The Challenge on your own – it’s up to you. We can’t wait to see how YOU take The Challenge in 2020! 

Register for the 2020 Challenge here: Walk/Run, Trail, Paddle



What is Champion the Cure Challenge?

Each year, thousands of people in our communities come together with a shared purpose. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, business owners, healthcare professionals, cancer survivors, students, and many others. What do they have in common? They all believe that Maine people deserve to have world-class cancer care services available as close to home as possible.

The Challenge is the only event in our region whose sole purpose is to support local cancer research and treatment. Every dollar raised supports Northern Light Cancer Care services provided at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer. 

As Champion the Cure Challenge looks toward its next decade of supporting local cancer care services, your opportunity to make a difference is greater than ever. We have some exciting new plans for 2020 that will make a direct difference in the lives of those who are affected by cancer.

Our history

Champion the Cure Challenge began in 2010 to support cancer research at EMMC Cancer Care, now Northern Light Cancer Care. The inaugural EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge met its very first fundraising goal of $100,000. In 2019, more than $680,000 was raised, our largest total ever. The event has raised more than $5 million over the past ten years.