An event to raise awareness and support for cancer care locally, ultimately benefiting friends, neighbors and loved ones who are battling the disease is underway at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital, formally known as TAMC.

Lights of Life gives Aroostook County residents an opportunity to support cancer care locally while celebrating, honoring or remembering those they love.

This holiday event has raised over $80,000 in the past decade. According to Brenda Baker, manager of Northern Light Cancer Care in Presque Isle, "Past projects have helped to fund a new linear accelerator for radiation therapy and have provided dollars to our patient support fund to help our patients with costs associated with their fight against cancer.”

individuals can purchase lights through Lights of Life to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer, or to honor survivors, family and friends of survivors, caregivers and others. Those wishing to purchase lights can do so online at  www.northernlighthealth.org/ARG. Lights are: $10 for white; $25 for red, $50 for green, blue are $100, $250 for orange and a constellation for $500.

The official tree lighting ceremony for the Lights of Life tree will take place on Friday, December 7, at the Pinkham entrance of AR Gould Hospital on Academy Street in Presque Isle. The public is cordially invited to attend. Festivities get underway at 4:00 pm with cookies and cocoa, followed by caroling and the lighting of the tree at 4:30 pm.