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“There, they barely knew my name. Here, they treat me like a VIP."

—Ben Valentino of Kennebunk, Multiple Myeloma Survivor

When Ben was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, he went out of state for treatment. "But it was a long drive, and I always had to wait. So I was thrilled when New England Cancer Specialists opened their office in Kennebunk. They always make me feel important.”

“Multiple myeloma is tricky, so I’ve had a whole team working with me. No matter who sees me on a given day, I always feel important.”

Dr. Ebrahim notes, “Ben’s type of cancer requires long-term treatment and continued monitoring. We constantly work to manage his cancer and the side effects.”

“I’m in the maintenance phase now, and excited to be back to work driving trucks" Ben notes. "I plan to stick around for a long time!”

Run For The Fight Race logoNew England Cancer Specialists is proud to sponsor RUN 4 THE FIGHT, which started in 2015 as a fundraiser to help the Valentinos pay for Ben’s treatment. After receiving an overwhelming level of support from the community, they started Ben’s Fight, Inc. to benefit others battling cancer. Proceeds from the 2017 event will provide financial support for up to five families. To donate, register for the race next October, or get more information, visit

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Ben Valentino
Ben with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Zoe.

Ben Valentino and Dr. Kurt Ebrahim
Dr. Kurt Ebrahim (right) leads the team at NECS that manages Ben’s myeloma.

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