The annual “Blow the Whistle on Cancer Week” is scheduled for Jan. 22-27.

That week, Eastern Maine Board of Basketball Officials #111 will join other basketball officials in Maine to promote fundraising for cancer research and to help individuals who deal with cancer in their fight for a cure for the disease.

Basketball officials in Maine will wear pink whistles rather than the standard black whistles when they work games that week. The pink whistle represents the cause of fighting cancer.

Eastern Maine Basketball Officials will donate a portion of their game fee for "this great cause," said Dave Ames of Northport, Board #111 interpreter/supervisor of officials. "Cancer touches many of us and their families. Officials are promoting the need for all of us to continue to raise funds for this very worthy cause."

Eastern Maine Board of Basketball Officials and high schools in Eastern Maine raised $9,600 the past five years for the fight against cancer.

Donations from the basketball officials have been made to Sarah’s House in Holden, Cancer Care of Maine in Brewer and the Maine Cancer Society.

Board #111 officials work many of the high school and middle school games in the Midcoast, including schools in Knox and Waldo counties.

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