CAMDEN, Maine, January 6, 2012 – Camden National Bank has donated 34 Visa gift cards to the Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC). The gift cards will be given to women with breast cancer to help cover expenses related to treatment. This is the fifth year Camden National has provided the Cancer Care Center with gift cards.
Camden National’s Camden Square branch, located at 145 Elm Street in Camden, held its fifth annual book sale in October to raise the money to purchase the cards. Bank customers and employees donated books, which were then displayed in the lobby where other customers could peruse and purchase them. All books were purchased by donation. Additionally, Camden National employees throughout the mid-coast region were given the opportunity to donate $5 per week to wear jeans to work each Friday in October. In total, the book sale and donations raised $1700, which translated to thirty-four $50 Visa gift cards from Camden National Bank.
In the past, Camden National has used the funds raised through the annual book sale to purchase gas cards for breast cancer patients required to travel for treatment. This year, the bank decided to switch to gift cards that can be used anywhere VISA is accepted.
“This way the patients can use the cards for whatever they need or want,” said Olive Tinker, a Camden National Bank teller and two-time breast cancer survivor. “Sometimes just being able to pamper yourself makes you feel better.”
The Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center provides cancer treatment and support, detection and diagnosis, plus a full range of educational and counseling services. The Center is staffed by an on-site, board-certified hematologist/oncologist, a social worker dedicated to the unique needs of cancer patients, and nurses with a special interest in caring for patients with cancer, several of whom have certification in oncology nursing.
Camden National Corporation, headquartered in Camden, Maine, is the holding company employing more than 400 Maine residents for two financial services companies including Camden National Bank and the wealth management company, Acadia Trust, N.A. Camden National Bank is a full-service community bank with a network of 38 banking offices throughout Maine. Acadia Trust offers investment management and fiduciary services with offices in Portland, Bangor and Ellsworth. Located at Camden National Bank, Camden Financial Consultants offers full-service brokerage and insurance services.