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Beth C. Wright Plaque


The Center’s namesake, Beth Charczynski Wright, was born and grew up on Beals Island, Maine. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Maine at Machias, she taught public school and then joined her husband Wayne in their family business. Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24. Following surgery and undergoing chemotherapy, Beth became determined to help others living with cancer and started a support group at the Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Shortly after the birth of their second son, Beth and Wayne learned her cancer had spread to her liver and bones. Beth faced cancer with strength and faith, and created the Choose Life Foundation at 28, shortly before her death in August 2000.

The Choose Life Foundation provided cancer patients with educational, inspirational services, alternate treatment information, and financial assistance. In May of 2001, five hundred people walked in the First Annual Beth C. Wright Walk for Life and raised $50,000 for the Choose Life Foundation.

In 2003, The Choose Life Foundation began making plans for a cancer resource center in Ellsworth. The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center grew from their vision of providing education and support for cancer patients and their families by offering free programs in a warm and welcoming environment. In January 2004, the Choose Life Foundation made a $50,000 grant to help establish the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.


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.