Citizens asked to paint the town purple

Published 4:00am Sunday, April 21, 2013

In the week leading up to the April 27 Relay for Life, event organizers are looking to the community for a little spirit.
Beginning April 22, the city of Wetumpka will be awash in purple for the first “Paint The Town Purple” event.
“We’re using the power of purple to bring good news to cancer survivors and mobilize the community,” said Angie Carter, director of the Wetumpka event. “‘Paint The Town Purple’ is a time to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, and to have some fun with the color purple to bring attention to the American Cancer Society’s many programs and services in our community.”
Throughout Wetumpka, homeowners and businesses will be encouraged to show their purple pride to celebrate cancer survivorship and to bring attention to the yearly event held at Hohenberg Field.
Scheduled for noon until midnight, this year’s Relay for Life brings a mixture of community spirit and remembrance together with the goal of raising money to fight back against cancer.
The American Cancer Society invites everyone to join the effort. Home-owners, restaurateurs or retail business operators are encouraged to take part in the week-long celebration.
•Decorate home or store windows with a purple display.
•Encourage businesses and stores to sell Relay For Life “Sun” and “Moon” cards.
•Display a purple yard sign.
•Decorate front entrance, fence, or door with purple balloons.
•Paint porch light purple or insert a purple bulb.
•Tie purple ribbons around trees
•Wear purple clothing.
•Buy and wear purple wrist bands.
•Turn town landmarks purple.
“Relay For Life is a wonderful event, and the entire community is invited to participate on April 27. But beginning on April 22, join us in the spirit of celebration and in painting our town purple to call awareness to this important event that works to benefit and recognize cancer patients, their families and their caregivers,” said Therese Carter, logistics chairperson for the late-April event.
“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated,” Carter continued.
Registration forms and information about the Relay For Life are available from the American Cancer Society anytime at (800) ACS-2345, or by visiting the Web site at

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