On Saturday, June 2, 134 participants showed up at Faith Evangelical Free Church, on Kennedy Memorial Drive, and entered their showcase cars into one of 23 offered classes. The live remote drew in many spectators, the food table sported lengthy lines all day, and the trophies were accepted with giant smiles and pride one by one. The weather was amazing all day and the surveys sent out later told us just how much the community enjoyed their day.
As much fun as the directors, management, and staff of NDFCU had while hosting this well-attended event, their focus goes well beyond beautiful cars and trophies. In fact, the real driving force is the impact that is made on every child in Maine who has developed cancer and/or a blood disorder. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), an affiliate of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, located in Scarborough, is the benefactor of all proceeds raised. Their mission is to treat and heal children with cancer while supporting the entire family through the difficult journey of living with this terrible disease.
Recently New Dimensions presented a check for $9,110.22 for the program and when Marketing Director Tammy Poissonnier inquired about the impact the money raised had made, Tara Studley, Philanthropy Manager, informed her that components of MCCP, such as Psychosocial Support Services, Social Work Spotlight, and Childhood Cancer Research, were all made possible by the community support, like NDFCU’s Cruisin’ For a Cure Car Show!
MCCP’s support and research initiatives serve the entire family in their time of need while focusing on the patient experience and by documenting their journey in a meaningful way. Ongoing research initiatives are part of continued collaboration through a consortium of major academic pediatric cancer centers from around the world, with more than 2,000 physician-members.
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