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In response to the Covid-19 epidemic we were forced to cancel this year's Gala event. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT STOPPING FOR THIS VIRUS THOUGH! Click here to read about how we've pivoted our attention to helping local businesses in need and people fighting cancer at the same time with our Local $10K Campaign. If you would like to donate to the cause, click here.

Note: This post has been updated to include the Gala cancellation notice. The original post that we had prepared to release can be read below.

It’s always SO EXCITING when it’s time to announce our keynote speaker for our Foundation4Love Gala. But let's back up for a minute and talk about how it’s already time to even think about buying tickets for Foundation4Love’s 5th Annual Gala???!!! I feel like it was just yesterday when we were all dancing to the beat of the Jim Ciampi Band!

Okay okay enough with the suspense on our Keynote…. Let me introduce you the one and only, kickass, most badass of them all Trevor Maxwell from Man up to Cancer. Trevor is a Dad, husband, prior journalist of the Portland Press Herald and oh yes a Stage IV colon cancer THRIVER AND SURVIVOR.

I first met Trevor in Chair 18 as one of my patients for the day. Two months later I was sitting with him in a coffee shop, introducing him to Sarah and asking him if he would be our speaker at this years 2020 Gala. Life is pretty special when it allows you to meet some incredible people. After our coffee sesh Sarah and I left Biscuits and Co feeling uplifted, rejuvenated and EXCITED to gain another thoughtful, determined and kind person like Trevor in our circle of world changing thought leaders.

Trevor is using his voice in ways that many people either aren’t sure how to use or think they don’t have a platform to voice their journey. He has been a breath of fresh air in the world of men with cancer.

Words from Trevor…

We are changing what it means to “Man Up” in the face of cancer. It means reaching out, instead of isolating. We identify with wolves because of their loyalty. If one is sick, others circle to protect him. We need to be wolves for one another.

Lots of Love,

Leah and Sarah



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