Offering cancer patients hope during the age of COVID-19

Staying socially connected with each other is really important these days. That’s already been a long-standing message behind the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth. “We still to this day are true to Beth Wright’s vision, trying to respond to the needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer in Hancock and Washington counties.” Said Michael Reisman, the center’s executive director. He says a cancer diagnosis can be isolating.Beth Wright knew that firsthand when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24 in 1996. She realized Mainers in rural areas were at a disadvantage for getting help. “The mission is to offer hope, knowledge and support for people living with cancer and also to their family, friends and caregivers.” Reisman said.Today, the center brings communities together, connects patients with resources in the area, offers families financial help for transportation and continues to adapt to needs. Right now, they’re working to deliver food and have moved many programs online. “We have a yoga class based in Blue Hill that’s online, an exercise class that’s based in Machias that’s online. We have a prostate cancer support group based in Machias and one that’s based here at the center that are online now.” Reisman offers.The switch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation.Reisman has been part of the center from the beginning and had no doubt they’d still be running today during this difficult time.”We can’t take it for granted because it won’t run without people caring about it, so I think successes of the Beth Wright Center have come about the program,” he said.For more information, visit bethwrightcancercenter.org.

Staying socially connected with each other is really important these days. That’s already been a long-standing message behind the Beth C. Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth.

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“We still to this day are true to Beth Wright’s vision, trying to respond to the needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer in Hancock and Washington counties.” Said Michael Reisman, the center’s executive director. He says a cancer diagnosis can be isolating.

Beth Wright knew that firsthand when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24 in 1996. She realized Mainers in rural areas were at a disadvantage for getting help.

“The mission is to offer hope, knowledge and support for people living with cancer and also to their family, friends and caregivers.” Reisman said.

Today, the center brings communities together, connects patients with resources in the area, offers families financial help for transportation and continues to adapt to needs. Right now, they’re working to deliver food and have moved many programs online.

“We have a yoga class based in Blue Hill that’s online, an exercise class that’s based in Machias that’s online. We have a prostate cancer support group based in Machias and one that’s based here at the center that are online now.” Reisman offers.

The switch was made possible thanks to a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation.

Reisman has been part of the center from the beginning and had no doubt they’d still be running today during this difficult time.

“We can’t take it for granted because it won’t run without people caring about it, so I think successes of the Beth Wright Center have come about the program,” he said.

For more information, visit bethwrightcancercenter.org.