The primary goal of Caring Connections is decreasing isolation and mortality in women with breast and cervical cancer, while increasing advocacy and empowerment. Caring Connections has several programs for women with breast cancer, including the Women’s Network and a Retreat on Branch Lake in September of each year. The Caring Connections Energizers (formerly the ENCORE Energizers), a team of survivors, family, friends and supporters, is often times the largest community team at the Race for the Cure each year. Their breast cancer support groups (formerly ENCOREplus) is a support, education and discussion program for women with breast cancer. These support groups are located in Washington, Hancock, Piscataquis, Penobscot, and Somerset counties. Groups are managed by trained volunteers. The sessions provide a time to express feelings and concerns related to breast cancer, including mastectomy and other forms of breast cancer surgery; radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy and much more.