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Dempsey Center’s Healing Tree Offers Teen Program Through MCF Grant

The Healing Tree Children’s Program of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing received a $3,000 grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation (MCF) which will be used for ‘Space to Breathe,’ a five-day wilderness adventure program for adolescents, ages 13-17, impacted by a parent or sibling’s cancer. The program will take place August 5 – 11 at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, Maine.

Space to Breathe will include a three-day wilderness trip, camping and rope course initiatives. Participants will have a chance to build lasting relationships with other teens facing similar circumstances. There are eight spaces available for each group and registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are so excited to offer this opportunity,” said Dempsey Center Children’s Program Coordinator Tookie Bright. “Last year we offered the program to adolescents who have a sibling with cancer and it was a great success. This year, due to the grant from MCF, we are able to extend this opportunity to teens that have a parent with cancer as well. There are so many nuances that make these teenager's experiences unique, challenging and deserving of specialized attention.”

“It’s incredibly gratifying to serve the people of Maine with these grants,” said MCF executive director Tara Hill. “Twice a year, our selection committee is able to send funding to all corners of the states, from York County to Waldo County.”

Grant amounts ranging from $1,000 - $20,000 were awarded to eligible organizations on April 9, 2012. Past grant funding has supported efforts such as hospice care, emotional support for the children and families of cancer victims, screening clinics, education opportunities for medical providers and transportation services.




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