Cancer doesn’t stop, so neither can we

3 years ago

To the editor: 

Cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic. Every day, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) continues its lifesaving work to fight cancer through public policy.  

I lost both of my grandfathers to cancer — one before I was even born. Countless other loved ones in my life, both family and friends, have had their lives either disrupted or cut short by cancer. These lives, and their impact on my own, compel me to advocate as part of the ACS CAN team, and further the lifesaving mission of the organization. Right now, due to COVID-19-related fundraising declines, that mission is being threatened like never before.

The good news is, there are generous organizations out there stepping up to help ACS CAN during this difficult time. I want to thank Cary Medical Center of Caribou for sponsoring ACS CAN’s “Lights of Hope Across America” event, taking place in communities coast to coast on Sept. 12. 

Thanks in part to Cary Medical Center’s generous support, hundreds of luminary bags will be displayed across Maine to honor cancer patients and survivors, and ACS CAN is armed with additional resources to advocate for cancer research funding, access to healthcare, and other priorities.

You can help us make a difference. If you or your business would like to help fund the fight against cancer, please contact or visit to make a donation. 

Bethany Zell