23 Commerce Park, PO Box 322, Ellsworth, Maine 04605
Special News:
  • Bar Harbor Bank Recognizes Center with Generous Donation
  • Mark Wright Disposal Becomes Platinum Sponsor
  • Announcing Christine B. Foundation College Scholarships

In Focus Article: The Benefits of Healing Touch

Mark Your Calendars: To find out more, visit our website or call the Center 207-664-0339.

New - Multiple-Week Sessions:
 * Also please see the attached "Complementary Therapies and Support Groups List" for more classes in both Hancock and Washington Counties.
Gentle Reminder that REIKI will resume its regular schedule on April 1, 2019.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Recognizes Beth Wright Center With Donation

As the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center gears up for another busy year, the organization was recognized with a generous donation from the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust at the organizations February board meeting.

Jack Frost, Vice President, Director of Community Giving, and his co-workers Tim Tunney and Chelsea Sawyer of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust presented the Beth Wright Center’s Board of Directors and Executive Director, Michael Reisman, with a check for $1,500.00. The donation designates the Bar Harbor Bank and Trust as a corporate sponsor for the Center. The funds will sponsor three of the organizations biggest events in 2019 - the Walk for Life (May) in Washington County, the Ride for Life (September) and the Downeast Living with Cancer Conference (November) in Hancock County.

Michael Reisman, Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center explains, “Our mission is to offer hope, knowledge and support to cancer patients, their families and caregivers through all stages of the cancer journey in Hancock and Washington counties.
Engaging community support to achieve this mission is one of our goals.”

If you would like to get involved or find out more, call the Beth Wright Center at 207-664-0339, visit www.bethwrightcancercenter.org or email
19th Annual Beth C. Wright Walk For Life Gains Platinum Sponsor
Mark Wright Disposal Donates $5,000

Despite the cold weather, things are warming up at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth as the staff and volunteers prepare for a year of health-focused, informative and exciting community activities and events. To warm things up even more, Mark Wright of Mark Wright Disposal in Columbia, Maine has made a considerable donation of $5,000 to the Center, making the company a Platinum sponsor for 2019. 

The funds will provide sponsorship for the organization’s biggest annual events including the 19th Annual Walk for Life on May 18. The other events include the Ride for Life in September, the Washington County Cancer Conference in October and the Downeast Living with Cancer Conference in November.

The 19th Annual Beth C. Wright Walk For Life will kick off an action packed season and will take place on Saturday May 18 in Addison. This year there will be a new Walk in Ellsworth that will take place simultaneously and in conjunction with the Pink Tulip Project and the Ellsworth Garden Club Plant sale.

Executive Director, Michael Reisman said, “Our goal this year is to have 350 people participating in the Walks in Addison and Ellsworth. We have set a fundraising target of $35,000.00. The Walk For Life has been a major fundraiser that has helped enable the Center offer the many free programs and services to fulfill its mission of offering hope, support, and knowledge for cancer patients, their families and caregivers throughout the entire cancer journey. One of our most important programs is the Washington County Cancer Patient Navigation Program, a great collaboration with Healthy Acadia.”

If you would like to learn more, participate or register for the Walk
For Life, call Michael Reisman at the Center at 207-664-0339.
College Scholarship Fund for
Students Affected by Cancer

We would like to share some important news to you from The Christine B. Foundation .

They are offering an opportunity for college students in Eastern Maine and beyond. This is your opportunity to apply for their scholarship program. The Christine B. Foundations 2019 scholarship applications are open and close on March 31 .

CBF has two college scholarships available for undergraduate students that have illustrated resilience by overcoming the burdens of cancer. Each scholarship has different criteria, such as school location and community service involvement, which applicants must meet. 

To find out more, you can visit their website at Christine B Foundation.

Healing Touch
By Amy Kurman, Program Director & Volunteer Coordinator

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center offers several complementary therapies that can be described as energy work. E nergy work is a form of integrative therapy that relies on the idea that the body has its own internal and external energy fields. By working with these energy fields, practitioners believe that they can promote well-being for their clients, addressing specific medical conditions and easing emotional distress. Energy work takes a wide variety of forms and it is offered by practitioners in many areas.

One such therapy is Healing Touch provided by certified practitioner Jean McKillop who has been involved with the Healing Touch Program since 2008 . Healing Touch helps to restore and balance energy that has been depleted due to stress, illness, injury, grief, medical conditions, surgery or medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Jean describes the Healing Touch experience as follows:

Healing Touch is an energy medicine, recognized by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. This modality originates from a nursing perspective and recognizes a subtle energy field around the body, as well as energy centers located within the body. Healing Touch practitioners work with clients to clear, balance and stimulate their biofields using light touch or near-body hand gestures. The client rests fully clothed, in a calm, quiet, healing environment. Healing Touch sessions promote healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, supporting the body's own relaxation response. A few of the basic tenets of Healing Touch are to support self-healing, promote inner peace and enhance health-related quality of life.
Healing Touch is the only energy medicine therapy accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association, the Canadian Holistic Nurses Association, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
Jean McKillop is teaching a class through Ellsworth Adult Education entitled Intro to Healing Touch, on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:00–8:00 pm at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth. To register call Ellsworth Adult Education at 664-7110. 

Jean has been volunteering to provide Healing Touch sessions for the past six years at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center at no charge. Cathy Shaver currently works with Jean to offer this compassionate healing therapy. 

Half hour sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, 3:00-5:00 pm. To schedule an appointment with her please call 664-0339.
March & April Events!
Cooking with Herbs
with Cas Dowden

Wed., March 13 - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Beth Wright Center

Join us on Wed, March 13 from 11:30 – 1:30 as Chef Cas Dowden will be in the Beth Wright Center kitchen highlighting the use of herbs to get us thinking about the fresh spring herbs that will be greening-up soon. She will be sharing recipes for a variety of pesto sauces, a main dish and a lavender cake to create a full meal featuring herbs.
As always, participants will be encouraged to help in the kitchen and sample the dishes afterward. Cas is a personal chef from Bar Harbor known for her down-home cooking.
This event is free and open to all. For more information or to register, call 207-664-0339.
Volunteer Driver Training Class

Mon, April 1 - 6 pm -7:30 pm
Beth Wright Center

Friends in Action will lead this volunteer orientation/training that will enable participants to become volunteer drivers who can take people to their cancer treatment appointments. Cancer patients must travel long distances to get to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, the major treatment center in the area.
By the end of this session, you will know more about Friends in Action and the Beth Wright Center, what it takes to get people to and from their cancer appointments, and a little more about a cancer diagnosis. Questions? Call 207-664-0339. To register, call 664-7110.
Is Coming To Ellsworth

Wed., April 10 - 6 pm – 9 pm
The Grand, Ellsworth

This year, The Grand is partnering with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center to present LUNAFEST 2019 on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm. 

LUNAFEST is an all-women, traveling film festival that spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers from all over the world, amplifying the voices of strong women everywhere.

Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. The collection of short films features intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.

The evening will consist of a LUNAFEST reception beginning at 6 pm in The Grand lobby. The reception will be followed by a half-hour panel discussion amongst recognized area women at 6:30 pm, with the film showing beginning at 7 pm.

A portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Center and its mission to offer hope, knowledge and support to cancer patients, and their caregivers by providing a source of information, social services and compassion through all stages of the cancer journey.

Tickets are available for $15.00 and can be purchased in advance by calling The Grand at 207-667-9500 and will be available at the door on the night of the festival. 

Learn more about LUNAFEST

Our Wellness Offerings

The following are the different free offerings that we provide in Hancock and Washington Counties to cancer patients, their caregivers, family, friends and interested community members:
Reiki | Chi Gong | Massage | Healing Touch Sessions | Yoga | Reflexology
Cancer Exercise Programs | Support Groups | Mindfulness Practice

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