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Pink Shovel Sales Raise more than $10,000 for Cancer Research in Maine

Check Presented to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s “Champion the Cure Challenge” in Ceremony at Mt. Waldo Plastics

FRANKFORT – Michael Thibodeau, owner of Mt. Waldo Plastics, this morning presented a check for $10,098 to Eastern Maine Medical Center’s “Champion the Cure Challenge,” during a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Waldo County.

The donation is the result of sales of Mt. Waldo Plastic’s limited edition “Pink Snofighter” shovels. This fall, Mt. Waldo Plastics became the first Maine company to manufacture snow shovels. Shortly after they began production of their signature blue “Snofighter,” they began to make pink shovels in order to raise money for cancer research. Net proceeds from sales of the Pink Snofighter go toward Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care.

Sales of the pink shovels far exceeded expectations, resulting in a higher than expected donation.

Jenifer Lloyd, who is the Philanthropy Officer for the EMMC Foundation, attended this morning’s ceremony. She said the donation is significant because while the color pink is often used for cancer awareness nationally, the money raised from the pink shovels goes directly to cancer research that is happening right here in Maine.

Also attending this morning was Charlene Boggins of Veazie who is a cancer survivor and received treatment at Cancer Care. She said the success of the fundraising effort was significant for cancer research. “When you see the shovels you’re reminded that you have support and you need that constant reminder because the battle against cancer is not over.”

Attached are three photos. The first is a group picture with (from left) Mt. Waldo Plastics Owners Michael and Stacy Thibodeau, Jenifer Lloyd from the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation, and Charlene Boggins of Veazie who is a cancer survivor. The second photo shows Mike Thibodeau presenting a pink shovel to Charlene Boggins. The third photo is of the ceremonial check.