Frequently Asked Questions

THE EVENT

How can I participate in Paddle?
Registering to participate or volunteer or donating is easy. Click here to sign up.

Will The Challenge be cancelled if there’s bad weather?
The Challenge will take place rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to modify events and activities. If there is a need to communicate changes, we will announce them on the homepage of our website and via email to all participants and volunteers.

Can I bring my pet?
Service animals only are permitted at the event. Those bringing a service animal to the event should be prepared to clean up after the animal.

 

PARTICIPANTS

What if I registered, but am unable to participate?
If you’re unable to participate, your support will still be appreciated! Registration fees and donations are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Qualified and applicable incentive items will be mailed after the event if you make arrangements ahead of time. Simply send an email to ctcchallenge@northernlight.org or call 207.973.5055.

Will official results be posted following the event?
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge is a noncompetitive fundraising event and the primary goal is to raise funds for local cancer research at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care. The event is not timed.

 

FUNDRAISING

When I registered, a personal fundraising page was set up for me. How do I access it?
From the homepage, click on login then input your username and password to access your personal fundraising page.

How do I submit the cash and check donations that I receive?
Click on the forms tab above to download a pledge form, which includes instructions on how to record your donations and where to send them. Please send your donations as you receive them. This will help us process the gifts quickly and post them to your personal fundraising total.

How do I apply the donations I receive toward my fundraising goal?
As soon as we receive and process cash and check donations, they are added to your fundraising total. Credit card donations made online onto your personal fundraising page are automatically added to your fundraising goal. Donors can find your personal fundraising page using a name search under “Search Participants”.

Will reaching certain fundraising levels qualify participants to receive incentives?
Yes! There are various incentive levels for all Challenge participants. Please view the “Prizes” section under the "EVENT INFORMATION" tab of the website.

Do I have to claim awards received for my fundraising efforts on my tax return?
The IRS considers all prizes and awards associated with Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge as income. This income is calculated by taking the fair market value of the awards you receive. In keeping with IRS regulations, should the income be greater than $600, The Challenge will provide you with a Form 1099. For information on IRS regulations, deductibility of fundraising expenses and prize/award income, please contact your tax professional.

What happens if I register for The Challenge, but do not raise the minimum fundraising goal by September 13?
If you do not meet your goal, you will have until September 30 to continue to submit donations. Should you exceed your minimum and earn applicable incentives your item(s), you may make arrangements ahead of time to have the item(s) mailed to you.  Simply email ctcchallenge@northernlight.org or call 207.973.5055. Please note that because supplies are limited we reserve the right to substitute your incentive.

 

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering for Champion the Cure Challenge is a great way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. There are many volunteer opportunities. To learn more, email ctcchallenge@northernlight.org or call 207.973.5055.

 

SPONSORSHIP

What are the sponsorship opportunities?
There are several exclusive opportunities for companies and organizations to sponsor Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge, presented by Lafayette Hotels.  Sponsorship levels include recognition at the event, hospitality, media exposure, and other benefits. Please email ctcchallenge@northernlight.org or call 207.973.5055 for more information.

I would like to set up an exhibit/table at the event to promote a product or service. Is this possible?
Event staff and committee are dedicated to bringing added value to our participants by incorporating great exhibitors. Priority for space is given to our sponsors. Products and services that contribute to the same goals as Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation and Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge of health and wellness, cancer awareness, cancer prevention and early detection will be accepted as space allows. Interactive and fun displays are strongly encouraged. This is a great opportunity to distribute product samples and coupons and conduct demonstrations. Exhibits have the potential for foot traffic exceeding 2,000 people. Requests must be submitted by April 30. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation reserves the right to refuse any businesses, product or service.

I don’t need exposure for a business but I would like to be a donor. Can you tell me more about being a donor?
Yes. Individuals are also encouraged to support Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge. Individual patron packages are available and will include incentives. Please email ctcchallenge@northernlight.org or call 207.973.5055 for more information.

Can I donate to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care separately from The Challenge?
Yes! Please visit www.northernlighthealth.org/Foundation for more information.