SKOWHEGAN — The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers for its annual Relay For Life event set for 2-10 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Community volunteers lead and organize this event with the support of society staff. From assisting with planning the annual event to taking part that day, there are various volunteer opportunities for interested community members, according to a news release from the society.

An informational meeting about volunteer opportunities is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in Skowhegan Area Middle School cafeteria.

“We are looking for volunteers that have three-five hours per month to help with organizing the event,” said Mike Trafton, American Cancer Society Community Manager for the event, in the release. “At the meeting on Sept. 28, we will discuss the details of the event, how it supports the Society’s mission, the different volunteer opportunities available to help plan the event, and how to spread the word about the 2016 event.”

The Relay For Life program is a community-based event where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team has at least one participant on the track at all times and participates in raising funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission to finish the fight against cancer.

“The Relay For Life movement is all about our community uniting to finish the fight against cancer. We rely on the support of volunteers to help make the Relay For Life of Somerset County a success.” Trafton said in the release.

For more information, visit, or contact Trafton at 735-3875 or [email protected].

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit or call us anytime, day or night, at 800-227-2345.

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