Volunteers needed for Relay For Life


AUBURN – Walkers, cancer survivors (anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer), community leaders, team captains and workers are needed to help plan the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Androscoggin County scheduled from 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Edward Little High School track.

Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

“Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,” said Marie Roberge, regional executive for development for the American Cancer Society. “Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event as a volunteer or participant have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer.”

Teams of eight to 15 members will gather with tents and sleeping bags to join with more than 4,000 communities nationwide that sponsor relays. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the relay.

Volunteers are needed to form teams, seek community support, coordinate logistics, find refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend their support.

For more information about the Androscoggin relay or to volunteer, contact Marie Roberge at 373-3701. The next volunteer committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Auburn Housing Authority, 30 Great Falls Plaza.

For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.