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The American Cancer Society has selected Allen Insurance and Financial to serve as honorary team for the 10th Annual Relay For Life® of MidCoast Maine.

Trisha Wadsworth and Karen Reed Allen Insurance and Financial has been a longtime supporter of the Relay For Life event held annually in Rockport. The company’s first Relay For Life team walked in 2004. Since that time the agency’s team has raised more than $45,000 for Relay For Life and has been the top fundraising team countless times at the event. Allen has been a corporate sponsor of the Relay For Life of MidCoast Maine for four years and prior to that the company donated meeting space to the event. Allen Insurance and Financial employees Trisha Wadsworth and Karen Reed will be at Relay to accept the award during the opening ceremony.

“Relay For Life is an inspiring event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease,” said Wadsworth. “Allen Insurance and Financial views participation in Relay as a cornerstone in our company’s community-based philanthropy. It is an honor to be recognized for the kind of effort that comes so naturally to all of us.”

At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.

Relay For Life began in 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, took the first step of his 24-hour walk around a track in Tacoma,Wash., and raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. In 2011, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in theUnited States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, will gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

Community members serving on the Relay For Life committee include: Ronna Emery, Don & Ainsley Kennedy and Bob Jean.

The 10th Annual Relay For Life of MidCoast Maine takes place at Camden Hills Regional High School on June 22 & 23. To participate, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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, ACS fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. The American Cancer Society saves 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, the American Cancer Society turns what it knows about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people inAmericawho 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 anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit


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