Virtual Champion the Cure Challenge

Q: This year has become particularly challenging for me and my family. Are there ways that I can support The Challenge without paying the registration fee?

A: Yes! Proceeds from The Challenge help Northern Light Cancer Care bring global cures to Maine and ensure that all patients get the care they need. If you’re able to contribute, your registration fee will be put to work to help those affected by cancer. But because cost should not be a barrier to participation, we’ve introduced a no-cost registration option for 2020. What’s most important is that we’re standing together in the fight against cancer. Please join us!


Q: Does the virtual celebration cover the walk/run/cycle, paddle, and horse trail ride events?

A: Yes. You can make your own challenge in your own special way between May 15 and August 15 in your neighborhood, on a hiking or biking trail, on the water, or on your horse. We’ll all celebrate together virtually on August 15. We look forward to holding all three events again in 2021.


Q: Why is The Challenge going virtual for 2020?

A: The safety of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers is out top priority. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, especially survivors who may be immune compromised, we’re encouraging participants to take The Challenge on their own, in a way that’s most meaningful to them.


Q: Can we still gather at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute on event day?

A: The event site will be closed, and we ask participants to seek out their own challenge instead of gathering together on August 15. Besides, if you’re at the event site, you’ll miss the virtual challenge!


Q: Will I receive a shirt?

A: This year’s Challenge will be unique, and what you’ll receive when you register will be different, too. Everyone who registers will receive a Champion the Cure Challenge medal, bib, and sticker. We’ll go back to t-shirts in 2021 when we can easily distribute them with packet pickup. If you do want a shirt for 2020, never fear – we do have some available at a reasonable price and will let you know how you can get one in the coming weeks.


Q: Will money raised through the Virtual Challenge stay in our communities to help patients and families affected by cancer?

A: Yes! Funds raised will help bring groundbreaking clinical trials to Maine, support Northern Light Cancer Care’s collaboration with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that has real benefits for patients, and fund several other enhancements to patient care that we have planned for 2020. Cancer’s devastating effects don’t stop because of a pandemic, and neither will The Challenge.


Q: Can I hold an authorized event in 2020 to support The Challenge?

A: Yes, if permitted by the state and by your local community. We ask that you follow all state and local laws and social distancing guidelines that are in place. You may want to consider a virtual authorized event for 2020. Click here for information about authorized events.