Walks for life, wishes & health

Posted May 16, 2011, at 11:02 p.m.

ORONO — Teams of community members will walk around the clock in the battle against cancer during the 18th American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Penobscot County 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, to noon Saturday, May 21, at Morse Field, University of Maine.

Relay For Life is an overnight event where individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.

This is the first year that the 18-hour walking event will be located at the University of Maine. Previously, the event was held at the Old Town High School track, but because of the overwhelming, generous support of community members, event organizers worked with the community and the University of Maine to move the event to a larger facility, Morse Field.

Funds raised at Relay For Life enable the American Cancer Society to have an impact on the lives of those touched by cancer and support vital, cutting-edge cancer research; and provide cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at the Hope Lodge, and round-the-clock support at the National Cancer Information Center at 800-227-2345.

For more information about Relay For Life or how to volunteer, contact Mike Hart, community executive for development, at 989-0332.

Walk for Wishes

BANGOR — The  Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, a nonprofit dedicated to granting wishes of Maine children with life-threatening medical conditions, will hold its 11th annual Walk for Wishes at 10 a.m.  Saturday, May 21, at Cascade Park on State Street, just beyond Eastern Maine Medical Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Its purpose is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

“This is an especially exciting year for the Maine chapter of Make-A-Wish because we will be granting our 1,000th wish later this year,” said board member and pediatrician for Husson Pediatrics Dr. Colette Sabbagh. “We are hoping with the online ease of registering for the walk and collecting pledges, we can raise more money than ever to help grant the wishes of the many brave Maine children who are fighting serious illness.”

Adults raising at least $100 and youths under 18 raising at least $50 will receive a free Walk for Wishes T-shirt. Mail donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, 87 Elm St., Suite 203, Camden, ME 04843. For more information, call 322-2306 or email lgleeson@maine.wish.org. Visit www.maine.wish.org to register for the walk and set up a personal Walk for Wishes donation page. Each wish costs an average of $6,000, and a wish is granted almost every five days.

Arthritis Walk

BANGOR — The Bangor Arthritis Walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, by the Sea Dog on the Waterfront. Robin Spencer-Laurie is the 2011 Ambassador for the walk.

In 2003 Spencer-Laurie formed Team Downeasters and joined the Arthritis Walk in Bangor, going on to become co-chairman and chairman of the event. She also was asked to become an advocate and attend the arthritis summit in Washington.

Participants may walk individually or on a team for 1 mile or 3 miles to raise funds and awareness. After the walk, rheumatologist Dr. Geoffrey Gratwick will present a patient informational seminar.

To donate to Robin or register, visit www.bangoraw.kintera.org. For information contact Patti at 800-639-2113 or pmaccabe@arthritis.org.

Agency open house

BANGOR —  Momentum, an agency that provides community support programs for people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, will hold an open house 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 20, at its new facility at 28 Gilman Plaza, Suite A. For more information, call 907-4501.

MS Ride Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR — Bicyclists from near and far will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Jackson Laboratory to kick off the first Multiple Sclerosis Ride Bar Harbor, the latest in the series of bike MS events to raise funds supporting work conducted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“With ride options of 15, 30 and 60 miles, this new event is an attractive adventure for a wide range of cyclists,” said Gail Kelley, “from recreational and family riders to the serious enthusiast.” Cyclists agree to raise at least $150, and the registration fee is $35.

Eighty-five percent of the money raised goes to fund community-based programs in MS education, support and advocacy, along with hope for tomorrow through vital MS research.

Well-supplied rest stops staffed by volunteers will be set up throughout each course, and roadside service by professional bike mechanics will help keep riders moving. Participants will gather at a barbecue celebration after the ride.

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. Every hour, someone in the U.S. is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving closer to a world free of MS.

To register or donate to Ride Bar Harbor, call 800-344-4867 or visit http://BikeMSGNE.org.

Contact the local chapter of the MS Society at 907-4008, steve.faloon@nmss.org or write Steve Faloon, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 324, Hampden, ME 04444.

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