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Relay For Life planners announce April 16 Celebration

By The Staff

On April 16, West Marion County will be awash in purple, thanks to efforts by volunteers from the American Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life,” a community campout against cancer.  Businesses will “paint our town purple” to celebrate cancer survivorship and bring attention to the yearly event, which will be held on May 1 and 2 at West Port High School. 

“We’re using the power of purple to bring good news to cancer survivors and mobilize the community,” said Tricia Marks, Publicity Chairman for Relay For Life.  “Paint Our Town Purple Day is a time to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, and to have some fun with the color purple and to bring attention to the American Cancer Society’s many programs and services.”

The American Cancer Society invites everyone to join the fun on how to “Paint Our Town Purple”.  Participants are encouraged to spread hope in their community by dressing in purple, decorating homes and businesses and raising money for the upcoming relay.  Whether you are a home-owner, a restaurateur, or a retail business operator/owner, there are plenty of ideas for painting our town purple on April 16:

 Decorate your home or store windows with a purple display.

Businesses and stores can sell Relay for Life “Sun” and “Moon” cards.

Display a purple yard sign in your front yard.

Decorate your front entrance, your fence, or your door with purple balloons.

Paint your porch light purple or insert a purple bulb.

Tie purple ribbons around tress in your neighborhood.

Wear purple clothing.

“Relay For Life” is a wonderful event, and the entire community is invited to participate on May 1st and 2nd.  But on April 16th, 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 Marks. 

“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,” Marks continued. 

If you would like to be a part of Paint Your Town Purple Day, please contact Tricia Marks at 352-854-3986 or email tmarks@smcitizen.com.

 Registration forms and information about the Relay For Life are available from the American Cancer Society anytime at (800) ACS-2345, by web sitewww.cancer.org or stop by  the South Marion Citizen office at 8810 SW State Rd. 200, Suite 104 (Kingsland Plaza) Ocala . 

Paint Our Town>Purple Day April 16, 2009 Wouldn’t life be better if everything was purple?

We think so! That’s why on Thursday, April 16,

West Marion is turning purple!

Join the celebration in support of Relay For Life. Here is your chance to make a difference. Dress in purple, decorate your business and help raise money for the West Marion Relay For Life. You can show your support by asking your customers for donations, selling merchandise and donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society, or you can simply increase awareness by passing out information on the upcoming West Marion Relay For Life on May 1 & 2 at West Port High School. The evening of Thursday, April 16, 2009, the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger will host a “Power of Purple” party from

5p.m. to 8p.m. for all businesses that have participated.

Donations will be turned in and the top two businesses with the highest donations will be featured in both newspapers. Help us help our community!

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds for this great cause.

For ideas on what you can do or for more information, contact

Tricia Marks or Pauline Moore at 352-854-3986.