Light One Little Candle Foundation Expands Book Program to The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central ME Medical Center


Dempsey Center to provide free children's books to adults undergoing treatment at Cancer Center.

July 20, 2006

LEWISTON, ME -- The Light One Little Candle Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes reading for parents and caregivers with cancer as a way to connect with their children, is teaming up with The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central ME Medical Center this February.

"We are so pleased to bring The Dempsey Center into our growing family of hospitals and cancer organizations and we look forward to helping caregivers and children in Maine bond through books," said Lee Rosenberg, Executive Director and President of Light One Little Candle.

The collaboration between The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing and the Foundation allows the hospital to distribute new children's books to these patients living with cancer. Patients will choose books from the Light One Little Candle collection to bring home to their families and use them to create lasting memories with their children. The book is theirs to keep.

Patients are encouraged to write notes about the story or the experience of reading together on a special Light One Little Candle bookplate already pasted into the book, creating a keepsake for their children to turn to again and again. Children's classics, including Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things Are and Madeline, as well as numerous other storybooks, are available. Some children's books are offered in foreign languages such as Somalian, Arabic, Italian and Spanish.

"When I heard about Light One Little Candle's mission I immediately thought about my mom, and her role as grandmother, and how much she would have appreciated this program during her treatment. We welcome the LOLC program and the role that it will play in our continued dedication to offering high-quality support services to families touched by cancer," said Patrick Dempsey.

The Dempsey Center program officially begins in February.



About The Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central ME Medical Center

The Dempsey Center (Lewiston, ME) is an integral part of cancer care at The Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center and affiliated cancer clinics at Bridgton and Rumford hospitals. Located on the CMMC campus, the Center, which opened in March 2008, is dedicated to providing high-quality education, support and wellness services to patients, families and caretakers touched by cancer. The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing's warm, inviting environment includes a cancer resource library replete with a dedicated computer station for patient/public use that allows internet access to virtual cancer resources as well as an integrative medicine treatment room and dedicated space for cancer support group meetings and educational programs.

For more information, please contact:

Randy Dustin
Communications Director
(207) 795-2478
cmmc@cmmc.org

Go to www.dempseycenter.org



About Light One Little Candle

The Light One Little Candle Foundation was created by Dr. Joelle Pauporte, a young mother and psychiatrist dying of breast cancer. During the course of her illness, she discovered that no matter how sick, exhausted or overwhelmed she felt, she and her daughter could find comfort sitting together and reading. In partnership with hospitals and cancer care centers, Light One Little Candle provides new children's books to those patients undergoing treatment. Additionally, the books come with special LOLC bookplates for patients to write notes and memories that their children will treasure.

Including the new Dempsey Center program, there are ten Light One Little Candle Programs distributing 20 to 50 books a month per facility. The program is currently available at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT, MidState Medical Center in Meriden, CT, Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and CancerCare in NY, the Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women's Cancer Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA, and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center in La Jolla, CA.


For more information or to make a donation, please visit our website at www.lightonelittlecandle.org, or contact:

Lee Rosenberg
Executive Director and President
Light One Little Candle
(516) 767-8787 lee@lightonelittlecandle.org