May Flowers Are Blooming!
In the Spotlight ~ The Center is buzzing with activity!

NOTE: The Center will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

In Focus: 18th Annual Walk for Life with New Satellite Walk!

Center News:
  • Welcome New Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Kurman
  • Ellsworth Afternoon Rotary Yard Spruce Up
  • Changes in Yoga Classes
  • 2018 Relay for Life
  • Save the Date for Upcoming Events!

Spring Kitchen: Wild Rice Green Pea Stir Fry

Mark Your Calendars:
  • Tues., May 15, 2018 - Your Recovery, Your Voice Breast Cancer Forum
  • Sat., May 19, 2018 - 18th Annual Walk for Life
  • Weds., May 23, 2018 - Cooking with Cass - Cooking with Ancient Grains & discussion focusing on food safety during and after cancer treatment.
  • Thurs., May 24, 2018 - Blue Hill Caregiver Support Group
  • Weds., May 30, 2018 - How to Research House Safety Talk with Deborah de Moulpied
  • Thurs., May 31, 2018 - Tuning In: Music for Stress & Pain Management-Part 2
18th Annual Beth C. Wright
Addison, Maine --Saturday, May 19, 2018 marks the 18th Annual Beth C. Wright Walk for Life in Addison. It promises to be a day of family fun as we walk to raise funds for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth. The day will be full of activities including a Chinese auction, live music, D.J. Clyde will also be spinning tunes, a BBQ lunch and there will be Wellness Booths to visit. 

This year, we are introducing a Satellite Walk! Our hope is to engage a broader audience, targeting high school students and their communities to emphasize the importance of movement and exercise in daily life. We have been collaborating with the Interact MDI Club at the Mount Desert High School as well as reaching out to student organizations at other High Schools in Washington and Hancock Counties!
The “Satellite Walk” will allow anyone to participate from anywhere! Participants simply set a goal for the number of miles they hope to log (walking, running, hiking ) from May 1st to May 19th and seek pledges (or flat sum donations) from their friends, neighbors, family and local businesses to support their goal. There are prizes for the most money raised and the most miles achieved, we hope you join us in this effort!

You can register here now: 
Call the Beth C. Wright Center with questions at 207-664-0339.
Center News
Welcome Our New
Program/Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kurman!
We want extend a warm welcome our new Program/Volunteer Coordinator, Amy Kurman. She comes to us with experience with both non-profit organizations and many years as an entrepreneur.  

After volunteering with Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County as an member of the Evensong hospice singers, Amy began volunteering in the hospice office where she has utilized her organizational and interpersonal skills for the past nine years. 

In addition, Amy has been a professional horticulturist serving clients on Mount Desert Island for the past 27 years.

Welcome aboard Amy! We look forward to working together to bring our services to our neighbors in Hancock and Washington County.
A Very Special
Thank You!
All of us at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in bringing our yard back to life after a very long winter!

Special thanks to:
  • Richard McMullen and the team from McMullen Landscape Construction and Maintenance
For sweeping the parking lot and the donation of materials and labor
  • Home Depot
For the donation of plants, a tree and supplies
  • Tiffany McMullen and the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club
For their choosing the Center as their beneficiary and all of their hard work.

Special thanks to Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center Board of Directors Member, Meredith Friend for leading this effort.
Spring Yoga
Class Changes
This spring will bring temporary changes to the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center’s weekly Yoga class schedule.
The longstanding Yoga classes given by Naomi Graychase at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, will continue to be offered regularly, once a week on Tuesdays at 4 pm.
We are now offering another Yoga class on Thursdays at 1:00 pm with instructor Machelle LeHay, which will be held at the Moore Community Center at 133 State Street in Ellsworth, Maine.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please call Amy Kurman or Michael Reisman at the Center at 207-667-0339
2018 Relay for Life
Hancock County
The Beth Wright Center will be at the 2018 Relay for Life this year. The Relay will be held on Saturday, June 2, 11 am to 11 pm, at the Ellsworth Middle School.
We will have a display table, offering our literature, healthy goodies to snack on for sale, and of course our smiling faces and kind words.
This year's theme is Carnivals. We are looking for folks that would like to get involved to volunteer at the table, make goodies, or form a team if you'd like.
If you are interested call the Center to talk to Michael or Nadine at 664-0339. Check out the Relay for Life website: Relay for Life of Hancock

We have lots of exciting events coming up that you will want to Save the Date!

  • Flash in the Pans! Concert - July 30 - 7 - 9 pm at the Ellsworth Waterfront Park
  • Ride for Life - September 9 - 8 am - 2 pm
Surry Elementary School
  • Washington County Cancer Conference -October 5, Machias
  • Belt Sander Races - October 7, MDI
  • Down East Cancer Conference - Nov 1, Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor
  • Santa Run - Dec 2, Ellsworth Elementary Middle School, Ellsworth

Step into Our Spring Kitchen...
Springtime brings a lightness with it. Not only is it brighter outdoors with with increased daylight, but we tend to enjoy lighter meals with the warmer weather.

This months springtime recipe was donated by Beth Wright Cancer Center's Board of Directors member, and former President, Donna Fricke.

Wild Rice Green Pea Stir Fry

1/2 cup Eden Wild Rice, rinsed and well drained
1 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 clove garlic, minced
6 Tbsp red onion, minced
1/4 cup celery, small minced
1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground sage
1/4 tsp Eden Sea Salt
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

If you make this recipe, capture a photo and send it along to us! Also let us know if you like it.
How to Prepare

Place wild rice in boiling water, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 25 to 30 minutes until tender and fluffy. Remove from heat and set aside. Heat oil in a skillet and saute the garlic and onion for 2-3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and saute about 5 minutes, and serve.

NOTE: This stir fry can also be used as a stuffing for winter squash, peppers, etc.
Mark Your Calendars!
Your Recovery, Your Voice Breast Cancer Forum
Cooking with Cas - Cooking
with Ancient Grains
Discussion: Food Safety during and after
cancer treatment discussion
Ellsworth, Maine —We have all heard quite a bit about ancient grains in recent months in the media, as an healthy addition or alternative to traditional processed grains we use in our kitchens. On Wednesday, May 23, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MDI Chef, Cas Dowden, will be offering a healthy food preparation demonstration using the ancient grains, quinoa, barley and cous cous. Learn more: Cooking with Cas
18th Annual Beth C. Wright
Addison --Join us for The 18th annual Walk for Life, a major fundraiser for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, is ready to take off from the Addison town hall Saturday, May 19. As in years past, the event will offer walkers or runners a 1-, 2- or 5-mile route from the center of Addison Village to Route 1 and back to the starting point. Learn more: Walk for Life
Blue Hill Caregivers
Support Group
with Alice Hildebrand
Blue Hill, Maine -- We are offering another session of the Blue Hill Care Giver Support Group on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:30 am. The group is facilitated by Alice Hildebrand, UCC Minister and Board Certified Chaplin. The group aims to offer support for those who are providing card for a loved one, and strives to achieve and maintain emotional and spiritual balance in the process.The group is free, open to everyone and confidential.
How to Research
House Safety Talk
with Deborah de Moulpied
Ellsworth, Maine -- Deborah de Moulpied, Environmental Toxin Expert for the Anticancer Lifestyle Program, will be offering a talk on how to conduct research for house safety. The discussion will take place at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center on Weds, May 30, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.

Deborah is the writer and faculty member for the environmental pillar of the program which is based on the book “Anticancer: A New Way of Life” written by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber.

As previous founder/owner of Bona Fide Green Goods, Deborah offered ways to trouble-shoot the concerns of products in the home with more healthy alternatives. Deborah is currently working on the book "Cancer Free Home."
Tuning In: Music for Stress & Pain Management: Part 2
with Carla Tanguay
Ellsworth, Maine-- Join us for the “Tuning In: Music for Pain & Stress Management, Part 2 Workshop and Lunch”. This workshop aims to offer alternatives to traditional modes of handling chronic pain and stress. If you are looking for better ways to take care of yourself, then Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, will guide the group to learn ways to achieve this. It’s fun, open to everyone, free and lunch will be served as well!
Mindfulness Practice
& Discussion
with Jen Harry
Ellsworth, Maine --Join us every 3rd Friday for a new, monthly ongoing series with Jen Harry. Drawing from the areas of Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Brain Science, and Positive Psychology, in this series, community practice and discussion group will explore specific tools and practices we can use to enhance our level-of well-being & flourish in life.

Topics will be determined by the interest of the group & may include:
·      Reducing stress in a busy world
·      Increasing awareness, presence, & intention in our lives
·      Rebounding from adversity
·      Strengthening relationships
Mindfulness and meditation teacher Jen Harry of Bar Harbor, Maine will lead this group with techniques for stress management.
This group begins on Friday, June 15 and runs from 10:30 am - 12:00 noon. The series is open to the public and is free.
To register or for more information call the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center 664-0339.
Healthy, nutritious sweet potato teacakes and cheese biscuits made at the
by the group at Cooking with Cas!
Our Wellness Offerings
The following are the different free offerings we offer in Hancock and Washington County to cancer patients, their caregivers, family, friends and interested community members:

Chi Gong
Healing Touch Sessions
Cancer Exercise Programs
Support Groups

Please see specific locations, dates, and times here
If there is anything you'd like to see published in our newsletter, please email us to let us know. Also contact us for more information or requests. We look forward to hearing from you!


Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center
Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center

23 Commerce Park
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 664-0339