Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund: A Beacon of Hope

Key Facts

Started: 1978

Awarded: $1.4 Million +

Families Helped: 1675 +

LLIFD Contributions: $120,000 +

2023 Donation Presentation

A Legacy of Compassion

The Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, initially the Paradis Leukemia Fund, was established in 1978 to honor the memory of Guy Paradis, a St. John Valley resident who battled erythro-leukemia. Guy’s experience of receiving treatment far from home, often isolated from family and friends, inspired the Fund’s creation. He envisioned a world where no patient felt alone during their treatment journey, leading to the establishment of this vital community resource​​.

Our Mission

At the heart of the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund is the mission to provide support and services to cancer patients in the St. John Valley. The Funds focus is not only on the patients but also on their families and significant others, ensuring they have the necessary support during these challenging times.

Supporting Families in Need

The Fund offers financial assistance to enable family members and loved ones to accompany patients to distant treatment facilities. This assistance is crucial in easing the burden of travel and ensuring the presence of a support system during treatments​​​​.

Empowering Through Education and Support

  • Educational Programs: Organize yearly educational programs for patients, their families, and professionals, keeping them informed about the latest developments in cancer treatment and care​​.
  • Monthly Support Groups: In collaboration with Northern Maine Medical Center, host monthly support groups for patients, survivors, and their families, fostering a community of understanding, support, and shared experiences​​.
  • Resource Library: An extensive collection of books, DVDs, and CDs on various cancer-related topics is available, providing valuable information and insights to those affected by cancer​​.

Partnerships and Fundraising

The Fund is proud to partner with organizations like the Maine Cancer Foundation, leveraging their support to further their mission. Additionally, fundraising events like the Tour de la Vallée are crucial in sustaining our efforts and expanding our reach to more families in need.

Join Us in Making a Difference

The Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby is honored to support the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. Your participation in the Derby helps us contribute to this noble cause. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of those battling cancer in our community.