It is important to all of us at CMO to be involved in the communities in which we practice. There are two primary ways in which we accomplish this: with financial support and volunteer time and services.
We founded the Maine Orthopaedic Foundation in 2004. The Foundation provides financial support to a variety of community programs and organizations, and is fully funded by the CMO partners. It is our way of giving back to the many groups that work to enrich the daily lives of people in our area, including all of us who work at CMO.
CMO often volunteers time and expertise — that of our staff and, often, the time of staff friends and relatives as well. In recent months, we have been involved in the Rebuilding Together L/A initiative to preserve affordable home ownership —organized an annual Couch-to-5k Program where new and experienced runners come together weekly to train for local road races — and participated in the United Way’s Pack the Pantry initiative with the United Way of Androscoggin County.
CMO has a cycling team every year in the Dempsey Challenge. And, twice each year, volunteers from CMO visit Pine Tree Camp — once to prepare for the camp opening and once to help shut down the camp for the winter.
We’ve also been involved with:
- Safe Voices
- The Chamber’s Annual Scholarship Scramble
- American Lung Association of Maine
- Westbrook Seals
- Common Ties
- Special Olympics Maine
- Androscoggin Land Trust/L-A Trails
- Lewiston Auburn Youth Soccer Association (LAYSA)
- Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Our clinical staff also goes beyond the boundaries of our Maine communities. For example, CMO surgeons, Michael Regan, Jeffrey Bush, and David Brown traveled to Haiti in 2010 to assist in the aftermath of that country’s terrible earthquake. Dr. Michael Saraydarian and Dr. Paul Cain participate annually in international charitable care for limb preservation in Honduras.