What We Do

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is committed to providing respectful, hands-on, and timely support for citizens of Hancock and Washington counties. Cancer touches all of us – our families, our friends, our communities. We offer hope, knowledge, and support for everyone affected by the disease.

PresentationA first step in dealing with cancer is addressing its affect on your physical and emotional health. The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center provides resources that help individuals cope with cancer in all areas of their lives. All of our programs are FREE and open to the public.

We offer:

  • Monthly support groups at various locations throughout Eastern Maine
  • Informative lectures on cancer related topics, nutrition, health
  • An extensive cancer resource library
  • Qigong, exercise, Yoga, Reiki and stress reduction programs
  • Linkages to transportation, housing and financial assistance.
  • Knitting and sewing group
  • Fellowship
  • Working relationships with representatives at Cancer Care of Maine, the Cancer Community Center, Caring Connections, American Cancer Society and other cancer care, medical, and social organizations in the state.

Through our partnerships and our commitment to direct action, The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center brings the most current information and expertise to our clients – especially those in our often underserved Downeast communities, who in many instances must travel long distances to access support. As awareness of our programs and services grows, we expect to expand our presence and serve many more people in the coming years.

MeetingsInternet access is available so visitors can conduct online searches for treatment options, coping resources, and other cancer-related information.

Guides

Beth Wright Center Guides offer one-on-one support to newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers doing such things as calling and arranging appointments, identifying resources to meet the patients’ needs, providing friendly contact, coordinating referrals, facilitating the acquisition of community support services and helping clients and families overcome barriers. The Guides are people who have gone through the experience of cancer and specialized training and have a desire to help others.

Other Programs We Support

The Maine Buddy Program

This program of the Cancer Community Center of South Portland is for people living with cancer, those who care for someone with cancer, and those who have lost someone to cancer. Participants are matched one-to-one with trained volunteer Buddies who have had similar experiences. Through phone conversations, the Buddies help individuals talk through their concerns, discuss available resources, and provide support and reassurance. Call 1-877-774-2200 for more information.

Reach to Recovery

ReflexologyThis program of the American Cancer Society helps breast cancer patients cope with their breast cancer experience, beginning with the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis and continuing throughout the entire period that breast cancer remains a personal concern. Trained volunteers are available for support and to provide up-to-date information, including literature for spouses, children, and friends. Please call the Center to request a visit or phone call from a local volunteer.

Road to Recovery

The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.

Testimonials

I was 24 when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and when doctor’s in Machias found a 11cm tumor located in my chest. As a recent college graduate and a newlywed, I was diagnosed 10 days after moving to Machias. The Beth C. Wright Center has helped me in many parts of my cancer journey. I have attended the Machias Be in Motion Cancer fitness class, support groups and have made so many lifelong friends through the center’s events and programs. Anybody looking for support, friendship, encouragement, and hope can turn to the Beth C. Wright Resource Center. The staff and volunteers are wonderful and are ready to help anybody with the effects of cancer on the human life.