BRUNSWICK — The Dean Snell Cancer Foundation announced today that they are the recipient of a 2-year grant of $45,000 from the Maine Cancer Foundation.

The grant will help fund transportation costs for cancer patients in financial need while in treatment at the New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) in Brunswick by supplying gas cards to patients. It will also assist patients with their car payments, car insurance, and car repairs.

Patients requiring out-of-state consultation at hospitals in Boston will be provided with funds for lodging and meals in addition to gas for the trips.

The Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, was established nine years ago by the Snell family in memory of Dean Snell, a patient at NECS, who died of esophageal cancer. Since then, the Foundation has helped over 300 NECS patients with financial needs in the Mid Coast region.

Maine Cancer Foundation’s grant is offered as part of their ongoing Challenge Cancer 2020 initiative, aimed at reducing cancer incidence and mortality by 20 percent by 2020. They have awarded nearly $6 million since 2015 in support of this initiative focused on prevention, early detection and screening, and access to care for all Mainers.

To learn more about Maine Cancer Foundation, visit mainecancer.org or contact Kristen Smith, [email protected], 773-2553.