Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer Fund
People receiving cancer treatment therapy are often
left feeling overwhelmed. Occasionally lifesaving
treatment is needed away from home and most importantly
family members. A person may feel lonely and isolated.
The Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund has been established
to Help with this problem...
The Edgar J. (Guy) Paradis Cancer
Fund, originally known as the Paradis Leukemia Fund,
was founded in 1978. It is named in the memory of
Guy Paradis, a resident of the St. John Valley who
had erythro-leukemia. Guy often had to leave the familiarity
of the Valley in order to receive treatment in hospitals
that were unfamiliar and far from family. While his
family was able to be with him throughout most of
his hospital experience, there were times when he
was alone and despaired of the loneliness and isolation
he felt while separated from loved ones.
When he died, he wanted those who
were in similar circumstances to have the comfort
of having family nearby. He willed start-up funding
so that other patients receiving cancer treatment
therapy would have members of their families with
them, especially when treatment was required great
distances from home.
Throughout the years, Guy's "seed"
money, in conjunction with such annual fundraising
events as the
de La Vallee, and the Tribute Walk, provide assistance to St. John
Administered by Northern
Maine Medical Center, today's Paradis Cancer
Fund focuses on cancer survivors and their families
- Financial assistance when there is a need to travel
far from home for all or a portion of treatment.
- Sponsorship of monthly support groups that provide
an opportunity to meet and share experiences.
- Enhancement of cancer awareness through an annual
- An extensive reference library that includes books,
videos, and tapes on a variety of cancer-related
In order to accommodate as many people as possible
and in accordance with Guy's wishes, there are no
financial parameters that must be met in order to
qualify to receive assistance from the Fund.
The Edgar J. Paradis
Northern Maine Medical Center
194 East Main Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743