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March in Maine is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A cause near and dear to our hearts will soon see some statewide attention. The state of Maine recently announced that March in Maine will be recognized as childhood cancer awareness month.

The law, which was signed by Maine Governor Janet Mills, is critically important to raising awareness because Maine has one of the highest rates of childhood cancer in the country. In fact, 50 Maine kids are diagnosed each year with the scary diagnosis, and more than 400 children are currently being treated for cancer, including many who are receiving care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Raish Peavey Haskell Children’s Cancer and Treatment Center in Brewer.

Of note, the law also allows Mainers to set aside a portion of their tax refund to go to the state’s children’s cancer research fund.