AUBURN – The American Cancer Society invites people interested in joining the fight against cancer to join its Relay For Life of Androscoggin County from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Relay For Life began in 1985 with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours, raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life will be hosted in more than 4,200 communities nationwide.

Families, caregivers, cancer survivors, schools, companies and other interested participants will join to kick off the Relay For Life of Androscoggin County, which is scheduled for June 16 and 17 at Edward Little High School.

The relay is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance and take turns walking around a track relay-style to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaries in a ceremony to honor cancer survivors, as well as friends and family members lost to the disease.

To learn more, contact Marie Roberge at 800-464-3102, press 3, or 373-3701. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-ACS-2345, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit

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