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Mercedes-Benz Gives to a McDreamy Cause
Date:10/3/2009

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz donates an R320 BlueTEC clean diesel vehicle to The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine during the inaugural Dempsey Challenge with the goal of making a difference in the safety and comfort of transporting those receiving cancer care and bringing down the organization's fuel costs.

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing serves multiple cancer treatment facilities, including The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Central Maine Medical Center (CMCC) and affiliated cancer clinics at Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals, making transportation assistance an integral part of the free support, education and wellness services it provides to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

The Dempsey Center currently assists cancer patients who are having difficulty with transportation to treatment by linking them with the American Cancer Society's "Road to Recovery" program as well as other area transportation resources. "Despite the existence of these programs, a fair number of cancer patients still fall through the cracks," according to Kerry Irish, Program Director of The Dempsey Center. "Some services require that a patient meet certain age or income requirements, and others rely upon volunteer drivers. Coverage in the outlying, rural areas is spotty at best."

In response to this need, ConnectShuttle was created in 2008, establishing a free transportation service between Bridgton Hospital and Central Maine Medical Center. Nearly 400 patients have been served by ConnectShuttle since its inception and it's particularly valuable to patients undergoing daily radiation therapy, a treatment which lasts for 4-6 weeks. According to Laird Covey, President of CMMC, "the donation of the Mercedes vehicle allows the ConnectShuttle service to expand its coverage, providing vital assistance to the hundreds of patients who travel from the rural Rumford/M
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