Dempsey center launches Operation Inspiration

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LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center will turn the spotlight on lung cancer through “Operation Inspiration,” a program designed to meet the educational, psychosocial and wellness needs of lung cancer patients and their family members and caregivers.

The program was made possible through a $25,000 grant, awarded in December, from the Linda Tallen and David Paul Kane Cancer Educational and Research Foundation.

“With over 1,300 Mainers diagnosed with lung cancer each year, and a strong prevalence of the illness in Androscoggin County, we felt it was important to provide some targeted programming for this population,” said Dempsey Center program director Kerry Irish.

“In addition to providing direct support and care to people who are directly impacted by the illness, we also hope to raise greater awareness of, and sensitivity to, the challenges faced by this population. There is a great deal of stigma and misunderstanding attached to this disease, which we hope to be able to reduce,” she said

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Operation Inspiration will officially launch in March. Details will be available on the center’s website, www.dempseycenter.org and quarterly newsletter.

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