October in Maine: crisp air, autumn leaves–and the Dempsey Challenge!

The Breakaway from Cancer team went to Lewiston, Maine last weekend to spread awareness about the many free resources available to people impacted by cancer.

Last weekend was a great weekend to be outside and enjoy autumn weather—especially in Lewiston, Maine, where the Cancer Support Community and three other nonprofits represented Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative.

To raise vital funds for a local organization called the Patrick Dempsey Center for Hope and Healing (yes, we’re talking about McDreamy!) Amgen and Breakaway from Cancer sponsored the Dempsey Challenge, a weekend full of events for the whole family. On Saturday, there was a 5K and 10K run/walk, where local groups showed off their creative team t-shirts in support or in honor of their loved ones who have had cancer. The next day was a cycling race where riders challenged themselves with routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles.

Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer partners were there, creating awareness of the comprehensive support and resources available from each organization, free of charge. Breakaway from Cancer is a partnership between Amgen Oncology and the Cancer Support Community, the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. Together with our partners, we connected with hundreds of people last weekend, sharing essential resources for the cancer journey—from prevention through survivorship.

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