St. John Valley

Fort Kent Outdoor Center tells cancer to ‘take a hike’ at fundraiser

FORT KENT, Maine — Guests of the Fort Kent Outdoor Center said “Cancer Can Take a Hike!” during a fundraiser held Sunday. 

The event drew 17 people and raised more than $650 for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, which Northern Maine Medical Center oversees.

Fort Kent Outdoor Center vice president and event co-organizer Laura Audibert said the hike helped raise awareness about cancer, while also providing people an opportunity to spend time outdoors.  

“It’s important for people to do things outside, especially during COVID,” Audibert said. 

Three hikers walk along the Warrior Trail at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center to raise money for the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. (Jessica Potila | SJVT)

The fundraising hikers traversed the aptly named Warrior Trail at the center to honor and remember all who have battled cancer and those who have traveled the journey with them.

The Warrior Trail, which stretches out for about three quarters of a mile, was dedicated to cancer survivors at Fort Kent Outdoor Center in 2014. 

The trail has wooden markers painted with lavender colored cancer ribbons and woodburned words of encouragement.

“It’s kind of a special trail,” Audibert said. 

The Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund provides financial assistance to help family members and loved ones accompany St. John Valley cancer patients who must travel outside the area to receive treatment. 

The money is also used to help sponsor a support group for cancer patients.

For information about the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund visit the non-profit organization’s website.

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