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Champion the Cure Challenge Goes Virtual for 2020

Date: 05/08/2020

Currents-Banner-2020-virtual-Square.jpgEach year, thousands of Mainers come together to celebrate, remember, and reflect at Champion the Cure Challenge, the region’s only event whose proceeds fund local cancer patient care and research. In 2020, Champion the Cure Challenge is inviting community members to make their own challenge by going for a special walk, run, bike ride, paddle, horseback trail ride, or by participating in another favorite activity.

“Social distancing may keep us apart physically, but we can still connect virtually to take a stand against cancer,” says Allen L’Italien, RN, executive director, Northern Light Cancer Care/Lafayette Family Cancer Institute. “Patients and families affected by cancer need our support now more than ever. The virtual challenge is a great way to come together to make a difference.”

Participants are encouraged to get creative about how they take the virtual challenge and share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #YouMakeTheChallenge.

“I take the Challenge every year to help people who have been through cancer and for their families and to bring the research that is so important to saving our lives to the Bangor area,” says Gert Nesin, a cancer survivor and Champion the Cure Challenge leadership committee member. “This year, I’m going to take a hike in Baxter State Park.”

Pictures and videos of participants’ experiences will be shared at a virtual celebration on August 15. The virtual celebration will replace the in-person walk/run/cycle, paddle, and horseback trail ride events.

For 2020, in consideration of how COVID-19 has affected individuals, families, and businesses, participants can choose to pay the regular registration fee or register at no cost. For more information and to register, visit