Champion the Cure Challenge, the region’s only event whose proceeds fund local cancer treatment and research, proudly celebrates the individuals, businesses, and organizations that help bring the best treatments to Maine, contribute to future cures, and inspire others to join in the fight to defeat cancer.

Each year, The Challenge recognizes several honorees who are extraordinarily dedicated to the cause. Champion the Cure Challenge is pleased to recognize its 2020 Honorees:

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Brenda Farnham, MBA, BSN, RN, OCN, Honorary Chair

Brenda has served as manager of nursing services at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute since 2005. She helped guide the opening and development of the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute, the addition of pediatric oncology and rheumatology services, and the introduction of photopheresis, a specialized treatment option for lymphoma and other conditions. Brenda relentlessly works to improve care for cancer patients and inspires her team to treat each person with skill, compassion, and quality care.
  Brewer High School Cheerleaders, Youth Champion

The Brewer High School Cheerleaders create a fun, energetic atmosphere at The Challenge. They cheer on and encourage walkers, runners, and cyclists at the start/finish line and move others at the event to join the celebration of survivors and participants. Led by coach Jennifer Corneil, their cheers and cowbell ringing set the tone for a great day.
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D'arcy Main-Boyington, Terry Fox Award

D’arcy’s passion for defeating cancer is fueled by her experience with diagnosis, recovery, and survivorship. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in December of 2016, D’arcy pitched the idea of holding a horseback trail ride to benefit The Challenge. She continues to provide leadership for the trail ride, and her perseverance and good nature inspire others to join the effort to improve local cancer treatment and research.
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Katahdin Trust Company, Corporate Champion

Champion the Cure Challenge could not succeed without support from the business community, and Katahdin Trust Company is one of the businesses that lead the way. Katahdin Trust goes above and beyond each year by providing financial support and promoting The Challenge through radio ads and sponsoring grateful patient and staff posters. Their employees have contributed countless volunteer hours to help the event run smoothly.
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Memorymaker Photography and Nancy O’Connor Photography, Volunteers of the Year

Champion the Cure Challenge is brought to life each year through the pictures taken by a talented team of volunteer photographers. The photos capture the spirit of The Challenge and are used to promote the event, recognize supporters, and inspire participation and support. The passion and commitment of our volunteers of the year are evident in the incredible images that they consistently capture, year after year.
  Target, Community Champion

Target helps make Champion the Cure Challenge a family-friendly event for people of all ages through their support of Kidzone, the special area at The Challenge that offers games and prizes just for children. Target has provided thousands of toys and treats to children as well as extensive volunteer support for Kidzone. Their contributions ensure that The Challenge will be an experience that kids and families will always remember.

Past honorees:

Honorary Chair

2010 Lynne Spooner

2011 Jon and Nancy Dawson

2012 Thomas Openshaw, MD

2013 George Hale

2014 Susan O’Connor, MD

2015 Ric Tyler

2016 Geaghan Family

2017 Bill and Cookie Horner

2018 Marcy Black, RN

2019 Deborah Carey Johnson


Terry Fox Award

2010 Jeff Bennett and John Long, MD

2011 Don and Dora Winslow

2012 Sarah Robinson (posthumously)

2013 Kevin Griffin

2014 Judy Collier

2015 Jon Henry

2016 Caleb McGary

2017 Marry Morrill and Mike Openshaw (posthumously)

2018 Gert Nesin

2019 Michele Campbell


Volunteer of the Year

2013 Tom Violette

2014 Carole Quigley

2015 Veronica Levesque

2016 Tim Smith

2017 Jaclyn Silk

2018 Lorilei Porter

2019 Deb Neuman


Youth Champion

2011 Logan Lafayette

2012 Tommy Hosmer

2013 Carly and Johannah Philbrick

2015 Tyler Priest

2016 Athletes of Big Ten Cheer

2017 Madison and Brady Davis

2018 John Bapst Memorial High School Cheerleaders

2019 Parker Brown


Corporate Champion Award

2010 Blueberry Broadcasting

2011 Dysart’s

2012 People’s United Bank

2013 Hollywood Casino

2014 Lanham, Blackwell & Baber

2015 Katahdin Trust

2016 Darling’s

2017 Downeast Toyota

2018 Dunkin’

2019 Mt. Waldo Plastics


Community Champion Award

2014 Husson University, School of Hospitality

2015 The Rock Church

2016 Charleston Church

2017 Anthony John’s Day Spa and Salon

2018 Pat’s Bike Shop, Rose Bike, Ski Rack Sports, Slipping Gears (Ski Rack and Slipping Gears

2019 Ntension                 


Ray of Light Award

2018 Rita Brooks