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Governor Joins in Celebration of 11th Annual Cancer Survivors Day

September 12, 2009

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci and First Lady Karen Baldacci joined cancer survivors, their family members and officials and staff of MaineGeneral’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care for the 11th Annual Cancer Survivors Day. The theme of this year’s event is “Inspiration for Life.”

The Governor reflected on the life and contributions of Harold Alfond and how his philanthropy continues to have a great impact on the lives of Maine citizens.

“Being here today, it’s impossible not to remember the wonderful man who is responsible for this facility. I know that this center was a project for which Harold Alfond was particularly proud, not because it bears his name, but because of the collaboration and commitment from the community that led to its successful completion,” said Governor Baldacci. “And Harold would be so proud to see the outpouring of support that is provided to patients at this facility.”

The Governor participated in the groundbreaking of the cancer center three and a half years ago.

“Since the opening of this center, thousands of Mainers have received state-of-the-art health services,” said the Governor. “They’ve received warmth and support from the wonderful health care professionals and staff. There are so many people here who provide inspiration to us all.”

Governor Baldacci heard the story of Patricia Royall, who as a patient at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care developed the idea for a line of patient clothing. The product line - called Jazzy Johnnys – were modeled at today’s celebration.

“Patricia’s story may be unusual – creating a product based on her fight with cancer – but her spirit as a survivor and her eagerness to help others who are fighting cancer is an inspiration,” said the Governor.

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