The 22nd annual Relay For Life of Penobscot, held recently at Morse Field on the University of Maine campus, raised more than $125,000 dollars thanks to generous donations from area sponsors, businesses and individuals to further research, help patients get the treatment they need and find a cure for cancer.

“Relay For Life of Penobscot’s Event Leadership Team would like to thank the cancer survivors, caregivers, and community members who fundraised, walked the track, and served or donated food for our Survivors’ Banquet,” says Event Lead Karen Girvan. “Our community is what enables us to continue holding this event year after year. Support from our news teams, local businesses and organizations keep Relay For Life of Penobscot on the map.”

Fundraisers at the event consisted of raffles for hundreds of restaurant and business gift cards, an Old Town Canoe Kayak, 50/50 raffles and more. Other teams sold food, drinks, and sweets, including a third generation chop suey recipe that is well-guarded.

Relay For Life is the world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, and mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease. Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.

There is still time to donate to this year’s event or participate in other Relays throughout the state. In Bangor, Bark For Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, with proceeds also benefiting the American Cancer Society. To donate or learn more, visit or find Bark For Life online at

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