The Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund raises funds for the care and treatment of those affected by cancer. Through the generous gifts of many community members here in the Midcoast and on the islands, the Bob Gagnon Fund has contributed to cancer care at Pen Bay for many years. Some of the major projects funded include:
- Laptop computers for use by those receiving cancer care at Pen Bay
- Gas cards for those who need to drive to cancer treatments outside the Midcoast
- Common Journey - a support group program to meet the survivorship needs of women with breast cancer
- Family Room - a space especially for those supporting a cancer patient
- The Bob Gagnon Suite - three patient rooms and a family solarium for patients and their families at Pen Bay for hospice and palliative care. Many of those in this suite are cancer patients. This beautifully renovated space was dedicated on September 8, 2011 with Bob's family and friends present. Click here to view the plaque on display in the new Bob Gagnon Suite.
This year, funds raised for the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund will help Pen Bay launch clinical trials, so that those who may benefit from this program can access it right here at Pen Bay. Dr. Nadia Ramdin and her team are working with the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine to add cancer trials to the clinical trials program at Pen Bay. This collaboration will expand Pen Bay's options for cancer patients to include the benefits of clinical trials close to home.
Listed below are those who have been lovingly honored with memorial gifts to the Bob Gagnon Cancer Fund in 2011:
Mrs. Phyllis M. Anderson
Mr. Mark Andrews
Mr. Alan Baudanza
Mr. Richard Bird
Mr. Foster E. Farrell
Mrs. Ellena E. Fredette
Mr. Joshua C. Lasbury
Mr. Fred A. Lee
Mrs. Emily Mauricette
Ms. Barbara Teel Noyes
Mr. Ronald E. Peterson
Ms. Irene Pipicello
Mr. Stanley Patten
Mr. Stephen M. Smith
Mr. Daniel Stone
Mr. Donald R. Teel
Mr. Robert S. Teel
Mr. David Wadsworth
Mr. Leroy Williams
Ms. Doreen R. Winslow
Ms. Phyllis M. Winslow
Mrs. Irene Young
Bob Gagnon, an Aroostook County native, learned at a young age that giving was better than receiving. Working long hours in a grocery store and a shoe repair shop, he met less fortunate people daily.
Those early encounters with the needy opened his eyes, mind and heart to a life of assisting others. He became a wide-eyed and generous community leader. His life was a gift of true charity, kindness and good cheer for his family, friends, acquaintances, home town and his adopted city of Rockland.
A native of Fort Kent, Maine, Bob attended local schools there before serving two years in the U.S. Army. In 1975, Bob moved the family to Rockland where he started his career as manager of Hannaford. He quickly became involved in their adopted community, assisting the elderly, the young and the handicapped. His large heart was open to the less fortunate, always seeking to make their lives a bit better. He constantly found ways to help individuals, organizations and small struggling small business owners.
Bob was elected to three terms on the Rockland City Council and served a long list of social and civic groups. He was recognized by the Maine Legislature and the Maine Department of Human Services for his actions. In 1992, Bob was named Rockland’s Person of the Year, and in 1988 Bob and family were named Knights of Columbus Family of the Year in Rockland.
Cancer took Bob away too soon. Despite the debilitating disease, he and his family launched a campaign that continues past his earthly life – to expand cancer care services in Knox County – a testimony to the strength of spirit that Bob brought to everything and everyone he touched. This posthumous gift will extend his lifelong mission of generosity to many more people, most of whom will never have the opportunity to meet him. Pen Bay Cancer Care is the grateful beneficiary of this brave and steadfast dedication.
Bob was happiest when helping people. Honoring his vision, generosity and abiding commitment to the people of his community, we dedicate this suite and welcome the families who receive care here. This quiet sanctuary of three patient rooms and a family solarium has been lovingly named the Bob Gagnon Suite.