NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Cancer Community Center held it's biggest fundraiser of the year at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.
The Fight Back Festival has been raising money for the center located in South Portland for 11 years. It's grown into a 50 and 25 mile bike ride, 5K walk and run, kids zone, live band and more. The bike ride started thanks to the efforts of Chris Kuhn and his friend David Langdon who are both cancer survivors.
"Dave and I both decided we wanted to do an event that would raise some money for local cancer charities and it wasn't long until we figured out where the Cancer Community Center was and the event has been tailored for them ever since," said Kuhn about the bike ride.
The Fight Back Festival raised around $130,000 this year so that cancer patients and their families can continue to receive services during a difficult time in their lives.
"For us to run the center annually the cost averages about $550 per person that participates in any event at the center, so we need to raise just about $700,000 a year," said Cancer Community Center Development Director Eileen Brown.
The center provides a long list of groups and activities from grief and loss meetings to yoga classes. To find out more information click here.