troubled by soaring rates of lymphoma, pediatric cancer, lung disease in their small town

Author to talk of “Life, Death, and Survival in Maine’s Cancer Valley”

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    ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents Marie Thérèse Martin, Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

    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

    This event will take place in the Community Room and will be livestreamed via Zoom; the Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. For more information or for Zoom links, please email by 4 p.m. on May 23.

    Event Date: 

    Thu, 05/23/2024 - 6:30pm

    Event Location: 

    Rockland Public Library


    80 Union Street
    Rockland, ME 04841
    United States