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The Cancer Community Center is a place where people touched by cancer can participate in support groups, wellness and creative expression programs, educational presentations, and social opportunities. All programs are offered at no charge, through the generosity of the community. Click here for a printable version of our July-August calendar.

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Support Groups

Center groups are gatherings of people facing similar cancer experiences. All support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Since many groups meet around dinner time, we encourage you to your to bring your meal.

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The Center provides a wide range of educational events including: Ask the Expert series, Weekly Walk Thru, Look Good...Feel Better. Some activities require advance registration.

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For people experiencing cancer, maintaining a wellness plan is a vital part of improving physical and psychological well-being. The Center promotes the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle with movement, yoga, meditation and nutrition education opportunities, as well as complementary therapies.

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Complementary Therapies

These treatments offer a chance to try a complementary type of therapy. Preference is given to people who are in treatment. Please check with your health care provider before trying any of these therapies.

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Creative Expression

Creative Expression workshops are a way to relieve stress and refuel yourself for the road ahead. These creative outlets are a wonderful way to manage stress and foster new friendships. Most Creative Expression workshops require advance registration. No experience is needed and all supplies are provided.

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Social Opportunities

Community is a large part of the Cancer Community Center – a place where everyone has been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Sometimes people just want to come to have fun and forget about cancer for a while. Social opportunities are a great place to make new friends!

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Fundraising Events

Fight Back Festival

Jason Spooner Band to Play at Fight Back Festival! Fight Back Festival, featuring the Not Dead Yet bike ride, is an annual family fundraiser supporting the Cancer Community Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting adults affected by cancer with free services. Fight Back Festival 2015 will take place Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Pineland Farms […]

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Cans for a Cure 2015

This annual event is hosted by Lori, Jeff and Kylie, the morning crew at WJBQ 97.9 and this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever! Thanks to a large donation from Oxford Casino, the goal for Cans for a Cure 2015 is $50,000 ~ that’s ONE MILLION bottles and cans! 100% […]

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Marie’s Closet

Marie’s Closet is a two-day sale that includes several rooms of gently-used clothing, jewelry, shoes and other accessories; a few White Elephant tables; a gift basket raffle; and an out-of-this-world bake sale. The event is organized by the Red Hat Society that meets at the Cancer Community Center and all funds raised are used to […]

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You can help people touched by cancer.
Become a volunteer with the Cancer Community Center.


Maine Buddy Program™

Buddies are peer partners who have been through their own cancer experience and a 6-hour training program so they can provide support, encouragement, and understanding to others. Our statewide program offers flexibility for both Buddies and the person they are matched with. For more information email Molly at:  mstewart@CancerCommunityCenter.org.

Support Group Facilitators

Support groups are an essential part of Center programming. Each Center group is led by two trained volunteer facilitators who help guide the group and maintain a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Volunteer facilitators receive substantial training before they lead a group. Support group information is available here.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator please complete and submit the Volunteer Application at the bottom of this page.

Special Events Volunteers

The Center has a variety of fundraising events, and often benefits from community fundraisers held by others.  Volunteers are always needed for these events, and can participate in such tasks as ticket-selling, serving food, water stops in races, setting up and breaking down materials and equipment for events. If you’re interested in helping with a special event, please complete and submit the volunteer application.

Office Volunteers

Office volunteers can have regular, weekly shifts, or occasionally be called in to assist with specific projects, mailings, or to fill in answering the phones and greeting and directing visitors and participants. Interested? Complete and submit the volunteer application below.

Outreach and Community Volunteers

The Center often has a table display at local events, fairs and conferences.  Volunteers staff the table and help spread the word about the Center and its programs and upcoming events. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please complete and submit the volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

Maine Buddy Program ™

The Maine Buddy Program is a statewide, one-to-one program providing an important complement to support provided by family and friends by connecting you with a trained volunteer who has “been there” in a similar cancer experience. Buddies most often talk on the telephone. Depending on proximity, Buddies may meet in person and some communicate by email as well.

How can a Buddy help?

  • Buddies use their unique perspective to provide support, hope, and encouragement as you move through your or your loved one’s cancer journey or grief process.
  • Buddies provide an opportunity for sharing information and asking questions.
  • Buddies are willing to share their own cancer stories and strategies for coping.

How does the program work?

  • Because everyone’s needs for support are different, the program is flexible, connecting people in various ways.
  • Buddies are available at any stage of the treatment or loss experience
  • Matches can be made using a wide variety of individual criteria, including but not limited to, the type of cancer or treatment, age, and geographic location
  • Buddies can choose to talk over the telephone or they can agree to meet in person, if possible
  • You can talk with a Buddy once, or stay in contact for a period of many months

For information on finding or becoming a Buddy, please call Molly Stewart, MSW at our toll free number: 1-877-774-2200. Or you can email Molly at: mstewart@cancercommunitycenter.org.

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Become a Buddy


The Cancer Community Center is an independent nonprofit. All of our financial support comes from the community in the form of donations from individuals, foundations and corporations, planned gifts and special events.

There are several ways to support the Center:

  • Make a Donation Online
  • Send a check by mail to: Cancer Community Center, 778 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106-5447

The Cancer Community Center accepts United Way donor designated funds.

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About Us

The mission of the Cancer Community Center is to support and promote the well-being of people living with cancer, their families and their friends.


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Phone Numbers:

Local: (207) 774-2200

Toll Free: (877) 774-2200

Fax: (207) 773-9498


778 Main Street

South Portland, ME  04106-5447


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