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AYER — The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life held at Ayer High School raised $74,000 with the help of over 300 community members.

The seventh annual event kicked off Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m. The ceremonial first lap was led by 54 cancer survivors, their families and loved ones.

Luminaria lined the bleachers of the school’s gymnasium honoring loved ones who were affected by cancer. The event concluded Saturday, June 24, at noon.

“Thanks so much to the entire Ayer community for the display of dedication, support and hard work to make this event such a success,” said Gina King, society spokesman. “This is truly a community that cares about the fight against cancer and the spirit of survivorship.”

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event. All funds raised support the American Cancer Society’s cancer control programs including a research initiative that has supported 38 Nobel Prize winners during its history. The society is also a source for comprehensive cancer information through its Web site,, and its toll-free number, (800) ACS-2345, which is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Local services include transportation for cancer patients to treatments through Road to Recovery, one-on-one support for women with breast cancer through Reach to Recovery and cosmetologist consultations for women being treated for cancer through the Look Good Feel Better Program.

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 the suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

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