Old Town readying for Relay For Life activities

Posted May 20, 2009, at 8:26 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Bangor-area walkers will go around the clock to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Old Town.

This celebration of life brings numerous groups and people concerned about cancer together for a unified effort to celebrate, remember and fight back. Teams will gather at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, to noon Saturday, May 30, at Old Town High School for the relay against cancer.

Relay For Life allows participants from all walks of life, including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic and religious organizations, and community volunteers, to join together to fight cancer. Relay For Life is a reminder that progress has been made in the fight against cancer and that everyone who participates is making a difference.

Highlighting the evening is the luminaria ceremony held after dark to honor cancer survivors and to remember those who have died. The luminaria line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the importance of their contributions.

“Everyone is affected by cancer in some way, whether you are a survivor, a caregiver or know someone who has cancer,” said Denise Trafton, event co-chairwoman. “The Relay For Life is a time for everyone to remember those we have lost, celebrate our loved ones who have survived, and fight back and provide hope to those that Relay across America.”

Mike Hart, community executive director for the American Cancer Society New England Division, said, “The funds raised will enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through educational programs, research and services to patients in our Maine communities.

For information about how to form a team or become involved in the Relay For Life in Old Town, call Hart at 989-0332 or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or online at www.cancer.org or www.relayforlife.org.

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