BANGOR, Maine – Christina Parrish, 43, of Brewer has been selected to be the honorary chair for the 2011 Relay For Life of Penobscot. According to the Relay for Life organization, the honorary chair is a community member who is either a survivor of cancer, someone who is currently battling cancer, or a caregiver of someone who is battling or has battled cancer. These individuals are chosen for the spirit of hope they embody as well as for their dedication to cancer research and the goal of one day finding a cure.
Parrish was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in June 2008. At that time, she was told that she only had six months to live, but this did not deter her from fighting for her life. At the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a team of specialists designed a personalized, integrated treatment plan based on her needs. Since August 2008, she frequently has traveled from Maine to Chicago for treatment.
Relay For Life claims to be the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement. In communities across the country it brings together people from all walks of life to support cancer research and patient care services. In northern Maine, the overnight Relay for Life Penobscot event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the University of Maine in Orono.
For more information about Relay For Life or to find out how to volunteer, contact Mike Hart, community executive for development, at 207-989-0332.