Northern Maine Community College walk raises funds for breast cancer program

11 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College celebrated the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a fund-raising walk on campus. About 75 students, staff, faculty and friends of the college participated to raise money for Pink Aroostook, a program that provides financial assistance to individuals in need who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.    The walk and the cause have special meaning for the NMCC community which lost an employee and friend to the disease. The event was dedicated to Heidi Graham who lost her life to breast cancer last May. Members of Graham’s family participated in the occasion which raised $1,300. Many participants created and wore pink tie-dyed T-shirts in her honor for the walk.
“We’re happy to honor Heidi’s memory in this special way, and to give back to the community and to a cause we are passionate about,” said Linda Mastro, NMCC director of health services and event organizer. “The NMCC community is like a family and Heidi has family members who work and attend college here. Everyone on campus is dedicated to supporting them and to joining the fight against breast cancer.”
“Our program is so grateful for this financial support,” said Bethany Zell of Pink Aroostook. “It is the thoughtfulness of community builders like NMCC that make Aroostook County a truly amazing place to live.”
Pink Aroostook is a breast health program that also works on community education and awareness. All donated funds stay local.