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Wreaths For Hope sales to benefit Maine Cancer Foundation

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CALAIS Wreaths For Hope founder, Artie Mingo, created the first-ever ribbon-shaped, balsam wreath for this year's holiday season to raise money for cancer research and transportation services for Downeast Mainers living with cancer.

Twenty percent of each wreath sale will benefit Maine Cancer Foundation's work providing funds for cancer research, prevention, early detection and access to cancer care programs in Maine. An additional ten percent will fund local transportation initiatives. 'Transportation is a huge barrier for Downeast Mainers needing cancer treatment in Maine and throughout New England. We can help fill the gap,' said Mingo.

'Between Thanksgiving and the week before Christmas, our goal is to sell 10,000 wreaths so we can make a meaningful contribution to Maine Cancer Foundation,' said Mingo. The gift is being made in honor of Dr. Sam Lew,Children's Cancer Specialist, at Raish Peavey Haskell Children's Cancer and Treatment Center in Brewer. 'Dr. Lew saved my son's life twice and continues to be an important part of our family,' said Mingo.

Tara Hill, Maine Cancer Foundation's executive director, expressed gratitude to be one of the Wreaths For Hope's beneficiaries. 'Cancer touches all of us, and all of us can play a part in removing the threat of this terrible disease.Each wreath is a symbol of our combined commitment to improving the world around us and our willingness to seek out the causes and cures of cancer,' said Hill.

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