AUBURN — On Tuesday, Feb. 11, for the 20th year, 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 Margarita’s at 6 p.m. for a kick-off rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. This year’s theme will be Life’s Celebrations.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which will take place starting on June 20, is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community 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 the Edward Little High School track and take turns walking or running around the track. 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.

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.

For more information about the Relay For Life of Androscoggin County, to find out how to volunteer or to RSVP for the kick-off, contact Amy St. John at 373-3723 or [email protected] More information can also be found at

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