About 2023 MCCP Walk

*** Important notice regarding weather this weekend: Due to the extreme weather including high winds and heavy rain expected to hit Maine this weekend, and with keeping the safety of our walkers our top priority, we have made the difficult decision to pivot to a virtual event this Saturday.

We share your disappointment in not being able to gather in person to walk in support of our young heroes at MCCP – but we hope that you’ll still join us in honoring and celebrating their bravery this weekend. 

With questions, please email Grace at grace.jandro@mainehealth.org. ***


Starts at:  September 16, 2023 7:00 AM
Ends at:  September 16, 2023 10:00 AM


Payson Park
755 Baxter Boulevard
Portland,ME 04103 USA


Grace Jandro

Meet Colton, our Walk t-shirt artist

Colton had just turned 4 years old in late spring of 2019 when his mom, Ashley started to notice that he was experiencing dizzy spells, loss of excitement and energy, and looked very pale. After having blood work done, Ashley received a phone call from MCCP to set up a consultation for a bone marrow biopsy. At the time, the doctors and Colton’s family were hopeful that this would be a precautionary step; but after the biopsy, they received a phone call that would change their lives forever.

Upon arriving at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Colton and his family were greeted by multiple doctors and nurses who were ready to provide words of comfort while informing them of what his treatment journey would look like. By March of 2020, Colton’s treatment had been going well; just as his family began to settle into their new norm, the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country, presenting an entirely new set of challenges. Through the ups and downs, the strong support from the care team at MCCP remained constant.

Colton persevered, and on September 14th, 2021, he proudly rang the end of treatment bell at MCCP, providing what a warrior he was throughout his entire journey. Colton is now 8 years old and living cancer free; there are no more lumbar punctures, blood transfusions, medications or chemotherapy. No more long, hard days or sleepless nights. No more missing out on the things in life that all kids should experience; he’s back to being a “normal” kid. He spends his days playing outside or building on Minecraft with his best friend, his 4-year-old brother, Hudson. He’s headed into 2nd grade and living his best life yet.

Calling All Superheroes

In 2022, we encouraged our community to walk in their finest superhero garb to pay tribute to the admirable bravery of our patients at MCCP.

This year, we're bringing back our superhero theme -- but with a twist! Come as your favorite superhero, or create your own superhero persona in honor of yourself or a loved one!

Why We Walk

We all walk for a reason – whether it’s in honor of a loved one, in memory of a warrior gone too soon, or to show solidarity with the patients and families receiving care at Maine Children's Cancer Program.

No matter the reason, thank YOU for walking with us on Saturday, September 16th!

To share your "why I walk" story, contact Grace at grace.jandro@mainehealth.org  

Special thanks to our sponsors!