Help spread a message of hope. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Oneida County is asking individuals and businesses to “Paint the Town Purple” June 8 to 14. Businesses, community organizations and individuals are being asked to show their support for Relay and help raise awareness for the fight against cancer by decking out the town–including homes, restaurants, businesses, meeting halls or other areas-in purple.
“We want everyone to see purple and think hope. The sky is the limit on what you can do to decorate and send that message,” said Angela Harris, Relay For Life event chairman and Paint the Town Purple organizer. “Whether you use purple chalk to write an uplifting message, display a different reminder each day about important cancer screenings or dress a mannequin in purple or Relay gear, it’s all about letting people know that there is hope and that help is there by calling the American Cancer Society any time, any day.”
Rhinelander mayor, Dick Johns has proclaimed June 8 to 14 as The American Cancer Society’s Paint the Town Purple Week and the official kickoff of the 2014 Relay For Life of Oneida County. Plans are moving forward to turn Rhinelander purple. Efforts include purple bows on post and doors around the community, purple store windows, purple “specials”, wearing purple for that week and more. Individuals, organizations and businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Paint the Town Purple supports Relay For Life of Oneida County an event that brings the community together to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer. This year’s Relay will be held at Mike Webster Stadium in Rhinelander June 13. Relay For Life runs from 6 p.m. to midnight. The Opening Ceremony, at 6 p.m. will feature Brian Norberg, honorary cancer survivor. Individuals and teams-made up of family, friends, co-workers and community groups-will unite to raise funds, walk the track, socialize, take in the entertainment and participate in a variety of activities going on throughout the night. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Approximately 1457 Oneida County residents will be diagnosed with cancer this year and approximately 540 will die from the disease. Relay For Life is a grassroots effort to help accomplish the American Cancer Society’s mission of helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back. There were over 400 patient-related services provided to residents of Oneida County in the past year. Thirty-four cancer patients stayed for free at Hope Lodge for 167 nights and their 79 caregivers stayed there free for 179 nights, when patients needed to travel far from home to receive treatments.
To find out more about “Paint the Town Purple” or for more information about Relay For Life of Oneida County, contact Angela Harris at 715-360-0878 or the American Cancer Society at 715-277-4392 or visit www.relayforlife.org/oneidacountywi.