A Rally for the Relay is coming up in Caribou. Every summer, American Cancer Society Relay For Life events are important community fundraisers focusing local assets for global good. The Cancer Society says Relay For Life is the world's most impactful event geared toward ending cancer.

Each winter, Relay Rallies are held to get word out about the next summer's events, to assess organizational needs, work out fundraising goals, and to serve as inspiration for the months ahead.

A Relay Rally will be held at Cary Medical Center's Chan Center on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 pm. The hospital is located on the Van Buren Road in Caribou. The Rally will serve as the jumping-off point for next's summer's Relay For Life of Aroostook County scheduled for June 17 on the grounds of Caribou High School. The Cancer Society says the Relay involves:

  • An organized, overnight community fundraising walk
  • Teams of people camping out around a track
  • Members of each team taking turns walking around the track
  • Food, games and activities providing entertainment and building camaraderie
  • A family-friendly environment for the entire community

There are also luminary candle ceremonies for remembrance of those lost to cancer, to honor people who have fought cancer in the past, and support those whose fight continues.

Relay participants also are encouraged to take action during the Fight Back Ceremony, determine what can be done for self, loved ones, and the community, fight cancer year-round, and commit to saving lives.

More information is available at Relay For Life's information page. Aroostook Relay For Life also has a Facebook page.