September 23, 2020

Candle ceremony planned for relay

OLD TOWN – A special luminaria ceremony held during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Old Town will remember those lost to cancer and honor those who have survived.

Luminarias will be lit at the Old Town High School track at 10 p.m. Friday, May 20, to represent those individuals. The public is invited to attend this ceremonial event.

Anyone desiring to purchase a luminaria, or candle lantern, may do so by contacting Mike Hart at 989-0332. Each luminaria candle is $10.

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event. Teams of eight to 15 members will gather with tents and sleeping bags to join more than 4,000 communities nationwide that are hosting relays.

Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches – people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

Penobscot County’s cancer survivors – anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer – will kick off the Relay For Life at 6 p.m. Friday with the official survivors’ lap, then the rest of the participants join the fun. The event runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Information about purchasing a luminaria, forming a team or walking in the survivors’ lap is available by calling 989-0332.

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

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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