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Caring Cards

Join other volunteers to create uplifting note cards for cancer patients. Note cards, some stamps and materials provided. Questions? E-Mail Katherine

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Chill Out With Summer Soups

It’s always soup season at the Dempsey Center! This class will feature chilled and nourishing soups that quench your thirst and hunger when you don’t feel like firing up your stove. Appropriate for…

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Coping With Anxiety and Depression After Prostate Cancer

This discussion will focus on the symptoms, both acute and chronic, risk factors, screenings and treatment for both anxiety and depression while coping with prostate cancer. The discussion will be an interactive lecture and…

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Dehydrating Herbs

Fresh herbs add great flavor to a variety of dishes and are power packed with health supporting nutrients. This 2 part class will include prepping and dehydrating herbs from the Dempsey Center…

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Fermentation 101 – Beets

Beets, those fabulous red roots that add flavor, color and cleansing nutrients to our plates. You’ll be guided through this hands on session, take home a jar, and enjoy fermented beets with your meal…

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Fit for Life

Do you want to be more flexible, have better balance, build cardio and muscular endurance? This class can help! Under the guidance of a fitness instructor, the class will feature…

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FreshStart

This free, four-week program is designed to teach cancer patients, survivors and their family members to become tobacco-free! Topics include preparing to quit, getting through the first few days, identifying and…

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From Cancer to Health: A Stress Management and Coping Intervention Program

This is an evidenced-based program designed by Ohio State University and supported by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.  Their research showed that the skills and strategies…

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Gratitude & Growth Through Cancer: A mixed Media Mandala Workshop Series

Create a personal mandala that explores how you have grown and what has comforted and inspired you on your journey with cancer. No art experience necessary, all materials will be provided. If you wish…

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Healing Tree Family Night with the Sea Dogs

Join other families who have been impacted by cancer for a fun night out with the Sea Dogs! The Dempsey Center has a limited number of free tickets reserved for this…

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Ice Cream Social

Have you ever wondered about the Dempsey Center’s support group offerings?  Come to this fun and relaxed informational session to meet each of our facilitators, learn about our groups and see…

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Dempsey Center Introductory Meeting & Tour

Come to the Dempsey Center for a tour. Other times available by appointment. Open to anyone to learn about our programs and services Tuesdays, 3:00 – 3:45 PM Fridays, 12:00…

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Knit & Crochet

These volunteer groups meet on a regular basis to make items for cancer patients and families. Bring your own projects or help us create hats, lap blankets, etc. Questions? E-Mail…

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Living Well

Open to adults with any type of cancer, at any point along the journey from diagnosis through survivorship, along with their adult family members and friends. Through discussion & guided exercises, participants…

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Living With Hope and Living With Hope Companion Group

Through discussion and guided exercises, people impacted by metastatic and/or advanced cancer can explore ways to cope with the challenges of living with (or loving somebody who has) advanced illness and to continue to…

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Look Good…Feel Better

This American Cancer Society program provides participants free makeup and teaches how to use cosmetics to look and feel your best. For cancer patients only. 

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Mediterranean Diet

If you’re looking for a great-tasting eating style that is heart healthy and reduces risk of cancer, join us for information, cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities! Appropriate for anyone. Limited to 25

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Mini Spa

Join us for a relaxing evening of free mini spa treatments. Enjoy a warm foot soak and hand treatment in a calm, peaceful atmosphere. Limited to 4 per evening  

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Monthly Monday Mediations

Join us for drop-in group meditation sessions. Brief instruction, followed by guided exercises designed to give participants a “sampling” of different types of meditation practices, including mindfulness, loving kindness, and seasonal practices. No experience necessary to…

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NOMO (Not On My Own)

Last meeting before summer break will be May 1.  No meetings June-August. A social support group for young adults ages 19-39 impacted by cancer. Meets at Gritty’s, 68 Main St.,…

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Nutrition for Life: AntiCancer Diet Mini-Series

This 2 part nutrition series explores the nuts and bolts of diet strategies to prevent cancer. Each class will include cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. Appropriate for anyone. Limited to…

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Nutrition After Prostate Cancer

Our nutritionist will share the latest nutrition guidelines for cancer risk reduction and demonstrate a few recipes for you to taste test! Appropriate for prostate cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Limited to…

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Open Art Studio For Youth

An opportunity to create your masterpiece…or maybe just try something new! Youth clients and their families and friends are welcomed to drop in at any time during open art studio hours…

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Space to Breathe

Space to Breathe is a free 5 day/4 night adventure based therapy program for teens ages 12-18 who help care for or who have lost a sibling or parent to cancer. Offered…

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Pilates Yoga

Merges the benefits of Pilates and Yoga to develop core strength, tone muscles, and increase flexibility, and help reduce stress. Tuesdays, 11 – 12pm

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Preserving Basil

You know it’s summer when the sweet smell of basil emanates from your garden or the bin at your local farm market! Come make some pesto and take it home for dinner!

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Learn to relax your whole body and decrease stress for a healthier you. In this four week workshop series you will learn to scan your body, find muscle tension, and learn…

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Prostate Cancer Support Group

Education and support for men living with prostate cancer, also open to their loved ones/caregivers. No registration required. Questions? Call 207-795-8250.

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Sewing & Quilting Group

Join other volunteers to create items for patients and families including hearts of love, ports of love, hats, lap quilts and other Comfort items. Questions? E-Mail Katherine

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Soft and Smooooth

A sore mouth and throat can have a significant impact on your ability to eat well during cancer treatment. We’ll prepare very soft and nourishing foods to help you maintain your nutrition throughout…

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Summer Book Club: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Option B is a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by…

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Support for Seedlings

This children’s support group takes the best of Yoga class and a Support Group and wraps them together for a fun, active and expressive experience for children impacted by cancer….

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Supporting Healthy Digestion

The essential movements and life of our digestive systems are integral to our overall health and well-being. When cancer treatments, our busy lives and a wide variety of factors impact how our bodies absorb and…

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Teen Group

This group for adolescents ages 12+ offers a comfortable environment to talk, learn more about cancer, and engage in activities with other teens impacted by cancer. Adolescent 15-minute chair massage sessions are…

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Teen Yoga

Youth Yoga Instructor Tish Caldwell will now be offering Teen Yoga. This program will be offered as part of Teen Group (see Support Group listings). 4th Thursday of each month. Appropriate for…

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Tobacco Support Group – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Peer-facilitated, the tobacco support group is open to anyone interested in quitting tobacco.  This group is offered in collaboration with Healthy Androscoggin. Location: St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston…

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Tree of Life

Using a “Tree of Life” template, this expressive arts activity gives participants the opportunity to explore and identify our roots, what we choose to do, who and  that we care about, our dreams and…

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Triage Cancer Conference

Triage Cancer will be holding a FREE conference for patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and oncology health care professionals on October 27 from  9:00AM – 4:30PM. Get valuable, practical information about…

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Women’s Cancer Support Group

For women with any type of cancer, who are at any point along their journey, from diagnosis through survivorship.

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Yoga for Life

This is a gentle yoga class for all fitness levels. The focus is on range of motion movement and gentle stretching. No experience with yoga required, this is a drop in class….

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Young Adult Summer Escape: Outlet Beach

Outlet Beach in New Gloucester. Canoes, paddleboats, kayaks and tubes are available to rent, and restrooms and a snack bar make this a fun and easy escape. The Dempsey Center will cover the cost…

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YWCA Breast Cancer Encore Program

LEWISTON YWCA (EAST AVENUE) This program, designed for those who have experienced breast cancer, consists of 30-minutes of warm water, gentle exercises designed to increase range of motion, muscle strength and…

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