Relay for Life kick-off rally scheduled for Jan. 16

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LEWISTON — On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Androscoggin County will officially get underway as cancer survivors, caregivers, families, schools, companies, faith-based and civic organizations gather at Pedro O’Hara’s at 6 p.m. for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease. People from all walks of life come together with a shared mission of furthering the American Cancer Society’s vision of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local school, park or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay.

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Anyone interested in forming a team, volunteering for the event, joining the planning committee or just learning more about Relay For Life is encouraged to attend.

“The money raised gives hope and belief to cancer research in order of finding cures, programs to cancer patients/survivors/and caregivers, pamphlets and other materials to help other organizations fight the fight of cancer,” said Belinda Samson, Androscoggin Relay chairperson.

Relay For Life events in Androscoggin County raised more than $101,000 last year enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer within the community by supporting vital, cutting-edge cancer research; providing cancer patients with services such as transportation to treatment, free lodging at Hope Lodge, and round the clock support at the national cancer information center available at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night; publishing lifesaving literature on cancer prevention, detection and tobacco control; and developing a new generation of medicines that help those battling cancer.

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