Franklin County Relay for Life sets kickoff meeting

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FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Relay for Life will hold its official kickoff at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital.

The theme is Wild West.

“The kickoff is a great place to go to get your questions answered,” Chairman Dee LaPlant said. “We encourage anyone who thinks they might be interested in participating in the Relay to join us, as well as those who have participated before. You’ll find out what the Relay is all about and changes from last year to this year.”

The Relay for Life is a 12-hour overnight walk by teams of local people. It’s the major volunteer-driven fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

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The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, through 6 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Farmington Fairgrounds. Last year, $48,762 was raised locally.

“We are ‘shooting’ for $55,000 this year,” LaPlant said.

Having an event theme helps make the event fun. Teams generally incorporate the theme into their campsites and activities, although it is optional.

“There isn’t anything fun about cancer. We are all about turning a negative into a positive,” LaPlant said.

“At the relay, we celebrate, remember and fight back. We celebrate our survivors, we remember our loved ones who did not survive and we fight back for more and better treatments,” she added.

“Anyone planning to have a team and anyone who thinks they are interested in participating but wants more information should attend this event,” LaPlant said. “There will be refreshments and door prizes and ample opportunity to find out what it is all about.”

Some teams have already started forming and have registered online. People don’t have to go to the kickoff to register a team. To register online, go to: www.relayforlife.org/franklinme.

The local event also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/relayfranklin. “Like” the page for updates on events and activities related to the Relay.

For more information, contact Mac Watts at the ACS office in Topsham, (800) 464-3102 ext. 3704 or email mac.watts@cancer.org.

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