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Short wins survivor award
LEWISTON — Singer/songwriter, mother of three, and two-year breast cancer survivor Kristen Short of Norway, has been named the 2012 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer® Survivor Award winner.
The award is given to a cancer survivor involved in Central Maine community outreach and demonstrates a passion for helping others with cancer. It is presented in conjunction with the annual Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen, the primary fundraising event for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC).
Short had a bilateral mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 2010 and 2011. She has made a significant impact on the community with her passion for music through performances at several benefit concerts for the Dempsey Center.
She also provides a comforting presence to those going through cancer treatment, traveling from Norway to Lewiston offering encouragement to those who have little support.
In 2011, Short wrote, recorded and produced a music video for her song, “Chairs,” which chronicles her cancer journey and she dedicated it to The Dempsey Center. Her inspiration came from the Dempsey Center, CMMC clinicians and fellow patients and their families.
She has written and produced more than 50 songs, recorded five CDs and sang the national anthem at the Dempsey Challenge starting line for the past two years.
“I am truly honored to be the recipient of the 2012 Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Award,” said Short. “In the two years since my breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgeries and treatments, I have been blessed with the support of many wonderful people – my family, CMMC clinicians, the Dempsey Family, Dempsey Center staff and volunteers, fellow cancer warriors and their families, and supporters of the Dempsey Challenge.
"I am deeply inspired, and it brings me joy to spread hope to others facing health challenges by sharing my story, my music, my shoulders, my listening ears, my heart, and my time.”
“The Breakaway from Cancer initiative was born from the belief that it takes a team to fight cancer," said Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager, Amgen Oncology. "We are proud to honor Kristen Short, who has been an integral member of that team for many individuals battling the disease. We applaud and thank Kristen for her commitment to others and to the fight against cancer.”
This year, Short and her family founded the Short Folks for Hope Foundation (www.shortfolks.com), a non-profit charitable foundation which raises funds and awareness for organizations that support families with health-related challenges. She donates 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of “Chairs” to the Dempsey Center, and her husband, Chris, provides photographic services.
Following in their parents’ footsteps, the Short children have also created fun ways to raise money for charity.
Allie, 11, sells crocheted goods through Yippie Yarn Creations.
Ian, 9, an avid LEGO® builder, created Ian’s LEGOs®-To-Go where, for every bag purchased, he will also donate a bag of LEGOs® to a child undergoing cancer treatment at the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
And, five-year-old Isaiah created Bands & Badges of Hope, wrist bands and buttons that spread the message of hope.
Short will formally accept the award on Saturday, October 13, at the Champions for Hope Celebration, which recognizes the fundraising efforts of Dempsey Challenge participants.
Past award winners include Carlene Sperry, Allen Lariviere, Scott Thomas and Laura Davis.
As part of Dempsey Challenge weekend, Amgen and the Dempsey Challenge invite all cancer patients, survivors and their families to walk with Short and actor Patrick Dempsey in the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Walk on Saturday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston.
The walk is free to the public and there is no need to pre-register. Participants are encouraged to check-in by 9:30 a.m. at the Dempsey Center Spirit of Hope Tent in the Park.
Founded by Amgen in 2005, Breakaway from Cancer is a national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship.
Breakaway from Cancer represents a partnership between Amgen and four nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering patients with education, resources and hope, wherever they may be in the cancer care continuum.
For more information, please visit www.breakawayfromcancer.com
For more information on the Dempsey Challenge, please visit www.dempseychallenge.org.