WATERVILLE — The 9th Annual Battle For Breast Cancer field hockey tournament, held July 13 at Thomas College, raised $43,000 to support breast cancer causes.
The tournament featured 11 central Maine high school field hockey teams: Skowhegan Regional High School; Messalonskee, of Oakland; Mt. Blue, of Farmington; Lawrence, of Fairfield; Dirigo, of Dixfield; Dexter High School; Nokomis Regional High School, of Newport; MCI, of Pittsfield; Winslow High School; Erskine Academy, of South China; and Winthrop High School.
Now in its 9th year, more than $240,000 has been raised for the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, a program of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Diagnostic breast imaging, biopsies, lab services, surgical consultations and post-surgical garments are just some of the examples of how the money has been used, organizer Paula Doughty said..
“Money raised is used to support those with breast cancer living in central Maine with health care costs as well as practical resources for patients such as gas cards and help with child care which may impact patient care,” said Doughty. “Last year we started a program with platinum through bronze sponsorship opportunities for businesses or individuals, which provides sponsors with special recognition in the event’s program and during the opening ceremony. This sponsorship has helped us tremendously.”
Doughty said that for more than 40 years, she drove 45 minutes a day to and from work. “During this time I did my best thinking,” she said. “Over the years I had experienced in my family and other people who had jobs but no insurance or high deductibles suffer. Often they got no care at all or couldn’t follow up with medical recommendations because of their financial situations. The hospitals would hound them for the payments they couldn’t make, and they were denied government help, yet didn’t have the money to pay on their own. Often many just gave up and ultimately died. That’s when I thought it would be great to try to help some of these local people with their needs. I met with some of my Skowhegan Field Hockey Boosters and the Battle for Breast Cancer came about.” Doughty is field hockey coach at Skowhegan Regional High School.
The group choose the Martha B. Webber Center because it was local and rural, she said. Often people don’t have the will or the resources to drive to the cities of Maine and they thought it was a good fit. In 2011, a total of four teams competed in the first Battle for Breast Cancer, which was held at Colby College. The goal of the event, which featured Skowhegan, Mt. Blue, Winslow and Nokomis teams, was to raise $1,000 and they ended up raising $16,655.
Since then, the tournament has raised $242,000, which has helped more than 550 local people in central Maine with everything from a gas card to get to treatments to many medical procedures.
“The entire central Maine field hockey community has stepped up and wanted to participate,” Doughty said. “Over the last two years, they also have been collecting sponsors which has really helped boost the final amounts. The majority of the money is raised by field hockey players raising one dollar at a time with bottle drives, car washes, toll booths and personal collections.”
Doughty said that in its 10th year nect year, “We plan on going all out to make it the best ever.”
“We know after reading and listening to testimonials of patients we help how worthwhile this event is,” she said. “Hopefully more and more people in the central Maine area will donate for our cause.”
Teams takeing part were:
MT. BLUE: (Pictured) Molly Harmon, Madison Bard, Ashley Parlin, Cally Chick, Leia Durrell, Bailey Levesque, Mackenzie Latimer, Brooke Bolduc, Farrah Ballou, Whitney Fraser, Keegan Andrews, Kelsey Dorman, Rylee Keaten, Ella Stone, Eva Stevens, Brooklynn Keene, Natalie Howard, Lilly Richards, Taylor Brisard, Anna Hyde, Elle Marshall, Lauren Howatt, Ella Mayhew, Talia Kidder. Emily Hammond, Mackenzie Berry, Olivia Smothers, Alyssa Simoneau, Molly Kearing, Allyson McCabe and Rachel Maxim.
LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL: Abigail Townsend, Taylor Jordan, Sophia Luckern, Ashtynn Stewart, Taylor Leclerc, Emma Poulin, Alexis Trask, Lexi Gordon, Emily Hersey, Haylei Niles, Holly Bolduc, coach Shawna Robinson, Abbie Vigue, Brooke Butler, Capt. Miranda Lambert, Capt. Lexi Lewis, Victoria Dunphy, Capt Elsie Suttie, Tori Richards, Cassie Richards and Maddie Niles.
SKOWHEGAN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: Coach Tammie Veinotte, coach Paula Doughty, Riley Enright, Samantha Thebarge, Kayla Furbush, Rachel Tuck, Hannah McKenney, Zoe Nicholls, Emillie Burchett, Brooke Gilbert; center, Jackie Dodge, Nyah Gunst, Harlee Taylor, Kate Kelso, Paige Gilbert, Logan Wing, Mariah Whittemore, Jordyn Flannery, Norrie Tibbetts, Ella Siren, Laney Leblanc, Meredith Mitchell, Samantha Bonneau, Sydney Curtis, Emily Reichenbach, Chloe Dubois, Olivia Hatch, Lexi Michonski, Bhreagh Kennedy, Brooklyn Hubbard, Cheyenne Anthony, Mackenzie McConnell.
MESSALONSKEE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL: Riley Waraskevich, Ann Corbett, Journey Charles, Chloe Tilley, Abby Breznyak, Nealey Dillon, Jenna Cassani, Jenna Reardon, coach Katie McLaughlin, Morgan Wills, Logan Alexander, Sidney Hatch, Alyson Violette, Shea Cassani, Malaika Thurston, Frankie Caccamo, Sarah Hellen and coach Erin Feldpausch.
WINSLOW HIGH SCHOOL: Kayla Hanson, Marisa Elwell, Madison Lower, Silver Clukey, Mariah Morrison, Justice Picard, Abby Wright, Kassidy Bibeau, Hunter Lee, Lilly Harvey, Sabrina York, coach Lori Fredette, coach Mary Beth Bourgoin, Bodhi Littlefield, Savannah Joler, Haley Moore, Taylor Rodriguez, Alaina Lambert, Sage Clukey, Alayna Morneault, Leah Pelotte and Lainey Bell.