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  • “Life, Death, and Survival in Maine’s Cancer Valley” – A Talk by Marie Thérèse Martin

    Marie Thérèse Martin, a registered nurse, and her physician husband Joseph Edward “Doc” Martin spent years troubled by the soaring rates of lymphoma, pediatric cancer, and lung disease in their small town in Maine. They came to believe that the smoke and chemicals constantly blowing from the paper mill that dominated their town’s economy was responsible. Together, they launched a decades-long fight to expose the truth, and Marie continued the fight after Doc himself fell victim to cancer. Martin outlines their work in her new book, And Poison Fell from the Sky; in this program, she’ll discuss her story and experience writing the book and answer audience questions.
    Martin is a registered nurse, originally from Rumford. She experienced a life clouded by toxic emissions and saw firsthand the effects of a paper mill town on her community. Martin is the author of “Le Visage de ma Grandmère,” a mixed genre that looks at Acadian history and cuisine. She now lives in Hartford and has three children and several grandchildren. For more information about Martin, please visit her website at
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    May 23 2024


    6:30 pm


    Rockland Public Library - Community Room
    80 Union St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA

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