Walkers Unite in Spirit to Support Children Fighting Cancer and Blood Disorders

Portland, ME, September 9, 2021 –(PR.com)– For 34 years, communities across Maine have gathered on the third Saturday in September to participate in the annual Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP) Walk. This year, walkers will be encouraged to unite in spirit on Saturday, September 18, to support the patients and families receiving care at MCCP by “walking wherever they are.”

Since its inception, the MCCP Walk has worked to raise essential funds to support the work of the caregivers at MCCP. However, the event goes beyond an annual fundraiser – it is often referred to as a family reunion, creating a space to celebrate the bravery of MCCP patients and remember those who are no longer with us.

At the heart of the matter are kids like Aaliyah, an MCCP patient who designed the Walk t-shirt this year. At the age of 8, Aaliyah has been treated for neuroblastoma at MCCP for about 6 years. Aaliyah is adored by everyone at MCCP and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She loves drawing, fashion and LOL dolls, and is “wise beyond her age” in the words of her healthcare team. According to her parents, “The MCCP Walk allows us to give back in a small way as a thank you for all the times MCCP has held us up.”

This year’s event kicks off virtually at 8:30 a.m. on the Maine Children’s Cancer Program Facebook page with a video premiere, ending with a farewell for all participants to “walk wherever they are.”

For more information about the MCCP Walk 2021, visit events.mmc.org/mccpwalk2021

About Maine’s Childhood Cancer Program
Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), the pediatric oncology program of Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, is committed to providing comprehensive care to children with cancer and blood disorders in Maine and parts of New Hampshire. Our team of pediatric oncology/hematology physicians, specialist nurses, social workers, research staff, a pediatric oncology specialist and a dedicated pediatric oncology clinical pharmacy specialist work together to provide care that includes three integrated components: state-of-the-art medical treatment , psychosocial support and clinical research. With approximately 50 new oncology diagnoses per year, 200 of which are actively being treated at any time, and approximately 150 children being followed for a variety of blood disorders such as hemophilia and sickle cell disease, MCCP is filling a great need in our state, providing good care close to home.

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