LEWISTON — The Healing Tree Children’s Program of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing received a $3,000 grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation, which will be used for “Space to Breathe,” a five-day wilderness adventure program for adolescents, ages 13 to 17, impacted by a parent or sibling’s cancer. The program will take place Aug. 5 to 11 at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro.

The camp will include a three-day wilderness trip, camping and rope course initiatives. Participants will have a chance to build relationships with other teens facing similar circumstances. There are eight spaces available for each group and registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are so excited to offer this opportunity,” said Dempsey Center Children’s Program Coordinator Tookie Bright. “Last year we offered the program to adolescents who have a sibling with cancer and it was a great success. This year, due to the grant from MCF, we are able to extend this opportunity to teens that have a parent with cancer as well. There are so many nuances that make these teenagers’ experiences unique, challenging and deserving of specialized attention.”

“It’s incredibly gratifying to serve the people of Maine with these grants,” said MCF executive director Tara Hill. “Twice a year, our selection committee is able to send funding to all corners of the states, from York County to Waldo County.”

Grant amounts ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 were awarded to eligible organizations.

For more information on “Space to Breathe,” contact Bright at 795-8256.


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