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American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a success

$76,500 raised to help to create a world with more birthdays

June 20, 2012
GORHAM -The past weekend's 15th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® in Gorham raised over $76,500 to support the Society's mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving 300 volunteers exhausted, but happy, after walking for 17 hours at the Gorham Common, Gorham. This year's total brings the amount raised by the community to more than $729,000 since Relay started in Berlin/Gorham in 1998.

"Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours walking for the cause, area residents certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," said Allison White, volunteer co-chair for the 2012 Relay For Life.

The top individual fundraiser was Sandy Lemire from Gorham, who brought in over $4,291.00. Second highest fundraiser was Sandra Tanguay, of Berlin who raised $1,625.45. And third highest fundraiser was Linda Laperle of Milan, collecting $1,375.00 in donations.

The top fundraising team was Androscoggin Valley Hospital at an amazing $14,043.45. Second highest team was Brookfield Megawalkers, raising an impressive $9,107.00, and the third highest fundraising team was an outstanding effort by new team the NCF Jailbirds of $7,291.00. More than 325 people participated – split into 18 teams and survivor guests. The teams represented area businesses, clubs, and organizations.

"More than 7,800 people in New Hampshire will face a cancer diagnosis this year," said White. "And, it's critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back."

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Berlin/Gorham was made possible by the support of its sponsors North Country Dental, Memorial Hospital, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, DJ - Kenny Nett, Knik Tents, Northway Bank, Edward Jones Investments, Kelly's Auto Parts (NAPA), White Mountain Hotel, Town and Country Motor Inn, and Gorham Family Dentistry well as other community minded businesses, organization, volunteers and supporters.

Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. You may get involved with or make a donation to Relay For Life at any time. Check out RelayForLife.org or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.

A wrap up meeting for the Berlin/Gorham Relay is scheduled on Monday, June 25 5:30pm at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Berlin. Everyone is welcome to attend to provide feedback on this year's event and start to plan for 2013. For more information contact, Kathy Metz at 603-356-3719 or Kathy.metz@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, it fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. It save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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