Champion the Cure Challenge is the only event in the northern two-thirds of Maine that funds local cancer research and supports patients’ care and experience fighting cancer. The Challenge benefits individuals and families from all over Maine who turn to Northern Light Cancer Care for treatment, support, and hope.
Bringing more clinical trials to Maine
Supported by Champion the Cure Challenge, child, adolescent, and adult cancer patients are contributing to tomorrow’s cures by participating in clinical trials right here in Maine. Since The Challenge began 12 years ago, more than 900 adults and nearly 250 children and adolescents have enrolled in clinical trials that are bringing new treatments, and new hope, to Maine.
Fueling research partnerships
Champion the Cure Challenge supports our partnership with Dana-Farber, which provides patients with faster, easier access to second opinions and facilitates collaboration between our doctors and Dana-Farber doctors.
Reducing the symptoms of cancer treatment
Champion the Cure Challenge recently supported the drive to bring scalp cooling technology to Northern Light Cancer Care. Hair loss is common during chemotherapy, and this new technology helps patients feel more like themselves and reduces their stress and anxiety. Funds cover the equipment lease and offset the cost of silicone caps for each patient, which are not covered by insurance.
Supporting cancer care for children and adolescents
Champion the Cure Challenge funds have recently been used to purchase equipment to test the vision of pediatric patients who are participating in brain tumor clinical trials.