BANGOR, Maine — Hundreds of participants will come together this weekend at the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life® of Eastern Maine Community College to honor cancer survivors, their caregivers and pay tribute to those for whom the cure did not come soon enough.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event ignites team spirit among participants and works to raise funds used to save lives and create more birthdays.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Eastern Maine Community College is an overnight celebration where people take turns walking, running or otherwise circling around a track “relay” style to raise funds to fight cancer.
You don’t need to be a track star to be a winner in this race for life. The idea is to enjoy your time, dance, play games, and enjoy the presence of others all while raising money to fight cancer, and provide services to cancer patients and their families.
One of the many highlights of the event is the luminaria service or candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor cancer survivors and caregivers and to remember those lost to cancer.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life reminds us that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that those who face cancer will always be supported. More than anything it makes us hopeful that one day, cancer will be eliminated for good. This event is therapy for the mind, spirit and the heart. Since 1985, Relay For Life has spread to more than 5,000 communities in the United States and has become a worldwide movement, taking place in more than 25 countries.
EMCC’s event will held on campus at The Quad nearest Maine Hall. The opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 with a survivor lap. The Luminaria Ceremony will be held at 10 p.m. Friday, April 26. Closing ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27.