LEWISTON – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Androscoggin County is just around the corner. Those wishing to register a team should call Sally Davis, publicity chairwoman, at 225-5767. The “celebration of life” brings the Androscoggin County community together in a unified effort to fight cancer.

Former and current cancer patients, their families, businesses, civic organizations and the public are invited to take part in the team event from 6 p.m. Friday, June 17, until noon Saturday, June 18, at the Lewiston High School track.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s version of an athletic relay, but with a twist. Relay For Life is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a team and raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Participants camp out at the site, and when they are not taking their turn walking, they take part in fun activities and enjoy local entertainment.

Teams from companies, churches, organizations, hospitals and schools collect donations and can win individual and team prizes for their efforts.

“Relay For Life brings the progress against cancer to the forefront,” said Debbie Mansur, event chairwoman. “Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have dealt with cancer themselves. Their involvement is proof of the progress that has been not only reducing death rates, but also in improving the quality of life following cancer treatment. The funds raised enable us to continue our investment in the fight against cancer through research, education, advocacy and patient services.”

Information about how to form a team or become involved in the relay is available by calling 225-5767. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit www.cancer.org.

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