Michael Bourque

Twilight 5K - 2017

Like far too many of us, and as many of you know, my story with cancer is difficult and unhappy. On Christmas Day of 2014, my wife Melissa died after a long battle with colon cancer. Like so many, she fought long and hard and got great care. And, Kate, Will and I have been the beneficiary of amazing (and ongoing) support from our entire community, for which we remain grateful. And, it didn't have to happen. 

There are cures and treatments and earlier detection methods and prevention strategies that are within our grasp. All we need to do is to provide the support so that we can all stop having to deal with this scourge. I joined the Board of the Maine Cancer Foundation earlier this year in hopes of participating in Challenge Cancer 2020, a drive to reduce incidence of cancer in Maine by 20 percent by the year 2020. It's an ambitious goal but this organization is positioned to help make it happen. 

While many of you participate in the uber-successful Tri-for-a-Cure, it is for women only. So, my chance to help raise dollars (in addition to contributing to the amazing women who will run, swim, and walk this year) is in the Twilight 5K race on June 8. I've set a modest goal so please give if you can!

 

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