The 11th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of MidCoast Maine June 21 raised $37,896 to support the society’s mission of saving lives from cancer, leaving 200 volunteers exhausted, but happy, after walking for 12 hours at the Camden Hills Regional High School track.

“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 Robert Jean, volunteer for the 2013 Relay For Life, in a news release.

The top individual fundraiser was Trisha Wadsworth, who collected $1,900 in donations. The top fundraising team was Allen Insurance and Financial, led by Trisha Wadsworth, which raised $5,248.

More than 200 people, represented by 19 teams, participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of area families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs, schools, and other organizations.

“More than 9,000 people in Maine will face a cancer diagnosis this year,” said Jean. “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."

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of MidCoast Maine was made possible by Allen Insurance and Financial, Dunkin' Donuts, Fox23, Hannaford, Lane Construction, Sea-Vu Campground, St. George School, The First N.A., WABK, and Waldoboro Business Park. Other local supporters include Athen’s Pizza, Corson’s, Flagship Cinemas, Hoboken Gardens, Home Depot, Jensen’s Pharmacy, Lowes, McDonalds, the MidCoast Area Breast Cancer Support Group, Tobey Moody – DJ, Tolman Pond, the Town of Rockport, Wal-Mart, and Wasses Hot Dogs.

Next year’s Relay For Life of MidCoast Maine is scheduled for June 20-21, 2014 at Camden Hills Regional High School. To get involved with or make a donation to Relay For Life at any time, check out RelayForLife.org/MidCoastME or call 1-800-227-2345 for more information.