Volunteers needed for local Relay

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LEWISTON — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Androscoggin County is seeking volunteers – walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, anyone wanting to make a difference – to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2010 event.

The next two volunteer committee meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Andover College on Lisbon Street. The meetings will continue the planning process for the Relay For Life event, which supports the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back against the disease.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as 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.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools or faith-based groups, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost and fighting back against the disease.

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“Relay For Life is all about our community uniting with the American Cancer Society and supporting its efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Rebecca Branagan, committee chairperson. “Volunteers and participants who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event are making a commitment to let the local community know that cancer can be defeated.”

To join the Relay For Life of Androscoggin County as a volunteer or team participant, call the American Cancer Society at 373-3706 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/androscogginme.

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