Health Events in Maine May 17 to May 31

Saturday May 17

Maine's 2014 Crohn's & Colitis Honored Hero

Source: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.


A 3.7 mile walk around Back Cove to help raise funds for research and patient support services for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

Riverside Athletic Center
1173 Riverside Street
Portland, Maine

4:00 pm

Take Steps is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s national walk program. These walks raise funds for critical research and increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Thousands of people will gather this year at 170 Take Steps walks nationwide to join the fight against Crohn’s and colitis. The walks are family friendly festivals with activities for everyone including games, music, and great food. Funds raised through Take Steps will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases.

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Monday May 19


Free Skin Cancer Screening

Southern Maine Health Care
13 Industrial Park Road
Saco, Maine

All day/Call 1-844-504-9680 to schedule an appointment.

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Wednesday May 21

Doctor examining patient

Free Cancer Screenings

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
100 Campus Drive #121
Scarborough, Maine


People who are uninsured or underinsured can get free screening for cancer for skin, oral, head and neck. The screening is especially important to people over the age of 60 who do not have access to a dermatologist. People with freckles, those who sunburn easily, or have a family history of skin cancer may have an increased risk. The screening will include a thorough visual exam from a qualified health professional who will provide useful prevention.

Screening is free, but you must schedule an appointment.

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Friday May 23 to Sunday May 25


The Meditative Experience of Nature:
Opening to Wonder and Joy

Mindfulness Retreat Center of Maine
129 Smutty Lane
Saco, Maine

$595 residential
$295 non residential

A three-day mindfulness retreat with Terry Fralich. In this retreat, we will utilize techniques and insights that make meditation practice an effective support for minimizing stress and maximizing positive states. We will also explore meditation practice as a vehicle for opening to a relaxed spaciousness that enables us to connect more fully with the beauty and miracles of nature.

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 Saturday May 31

Camp Kita Touch-a-Truck

Source: Camp Kita


Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport
919 Main Street
Sanford, Maine

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Camp Kita is hosting its first annual Touch-A-Truck event! Touch-a-Truck is a family friendly event that offers children of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery and to meet the people that build, protect and serve our local communities! Admission is $5 per person, not to exceed $20 per family. Children under 1 are free.

All proceeds benefit Camp Kita, which is a summer camp in Maine that provides a place for children of suicide; they can connect and learn constructive ways to deal with the pain of losing a parent to suicide.

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Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.