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Email: brianthrelkeld1@gmail.com

Website: fightcolorectalcancer.org

Brian is the Climb and Photography manager for Fight Colorectal Cancer, a national nonprofit whose mission is to end colorectal cancers through research, advocacy and awareness. Diagnosed at the age of 30 with stage 1 colon cancer, Brian created Climb for a Cure, a fundraising event to get people out into the mountains with their friends, all the while raising money to support FightCRC's mission. Going into their 5th year in 2020, the Climb has raised nearly $200,000 and helped more than 250 people find their way into the mountains. He lives in Portland with his fiancé Anna and her son Arlo.

Weirdest job: There have been a few, but I'd have to say working on an old dairy ranch in southern Utah that was being converted to an oat farm. I spent too many days driving a backhoe and digging up fence posts in the hot Utah sun.

First concert: Billy Joel in 4th grade. The way he engaged the crowd throughout his show is something I'll always remember.

Favorite food: Tough one, but probably Pad Thai. I love everything about it.

Happy place: Typically in the mountains with the important people in my life. My family and friends are an integral piece to that happiness puzzle.

Why Maine?  I moved here sight unseen 12 years ago and haven't regretted it once. Sure Portland is getting a little crazy these days, but I can ride my bike everywhere, I can be on the ocean in a matter of minutes and in the mountains within an hour or two. Maine is an unbelievably beautiful state and the people who call this state home make it even better.