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Posted Sept. 05, 2011, at 9:02 p.m.

Race for the Cure

BANGOR – The Susan G. Komen Maine Race for the Cure-Bangor and Survivor Sponsor Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway have honored Survivor of the Week Michele Rowles of Brewer, co-chairman of the Bangor race.

“I had some time to give and I wanted to give back,” said Rowles of getting involved with the race for the first time. “After attending that first race, it hooks you right in. Without the race and the money and awareness that it raises, there would be many women who would not find breast cancer early enough.”

In 2006, Rowles was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went to her first race in September after just two treatments, not thinking of herself as a survivor yet.

“I remember standing on that stage thinking, wow, look at all those people,” she said. “Whether they are supporting me, a family member or a friend, at some time breast cancer really touches everyone’s lives. It was a very empowering moment.”

Rowles went on to join the race committee in 2007, and to lead the Blues for the Cure concert in 2008. For the past three years, she led the race alongside Denise Hodsdon.

She celebrated five years cancer-free on Aug. 23, and now follows up with her oncologist every six months and her surgeon yearly.

The Bangor Race will celebrate 15 years on Sunday, Sept. 18. Learn more at http:// www.komenmaine.org or call 262-7117. Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway will host a reception the night before for survivors and a guest.

Hospice volunteers

ORONO — Beacon Hospice will hold a seven-week training for direct patient care hospice volunteers 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 9, at Orono High School, in conjunction with Orono Adult Education.

Topics will include history and philosophy of hospice, medical aspects, communication, the hospice family, spiritual and cultural dimensions of care, grief and loss and the responsibilities of being a hospice volunteer. Sessions will be led by hospice team members and facilitated by the volunteer coordinator.

For information, contact Roanne Austin, volunteer coordinator at Beacon Hospice, at 942-2920 or roanne.austin@beaconhospice.com. It is recommended that surviving family members and caregivers wait at least one year after a loved one’s death to serve as a direct patient care volunteer.

To register, call Orono Adult Education at 866-4119. There is a $10 registration fee.

Those who would like to volunteer in another way can put their administrative skills to work for Beacon Hospice in Bangor by assisting with collating, filing and light office work. For information, contact Austin at 942-2920.

Beacon Hospice seeks volunteers to create poster boards to tell the life story for hospice patients who can no longer tell their own. Volunteers use pictures, symbols and words with information provided by the family to create board to display by the patient’s bedside.

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