The Star-Herald

Lights of Life tradition honors those touched by cancer

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital has kicked off its 2021 Lights of Life campaign to support cancer care and honor cancer patients.  

Community members can honor and remember friends, family members, caregivers, and others who have been affected by cancer. Every dollar raised through Lights of Life will stay local to support cancer care services in Aroostook County.

“In past years, these funds have not only helped us purchase new equipment for patient care but have also supported our patient assistance fund to help our patients with cost associated with their fight against cancer,” said Brenda Baker, manager of Northern Light Cancer Care in Presque Isle.

“Patients are very appreciative of the assistance we can offer them through the support of efforts like this, particularly help with travel.  Travel to and from their appointments can be costly and difficult for patients to work into their budgets,” Baker said.

Lights are being sold for: white, $10; red, $25; green, $50; Blue, $100; orange, $250, purple, $500. 

One star is also sold each year for a donation of $1,000. The star honoree is the featured individual for the year’s fundraising event. Last year’s star was purchased in memory of Albert Billings of Westfield by Lynn, Shawn, Kristen and Dacota Dube of Washburn.  

This year’s star has yet to be sold, so that opportunity is still available for anyone wanting to remember or honor a loved one in this unique way. 

The names of the honorees will be displayed on a plaque in the hallway of Northern Light AR Gould Hospital’s Cancer Care center and be displayed on the hospital website throughout the holiday season. Donations are being accepted through December 31.  Upon request, Lights of Life cards will be provided for those who purchase lights to send to honorees.

For more details or to purchase a light, visit northernlighthealth.org/ARGouldLights. 

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