In April 29 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
The Russell County Relay For Life's “Paint the Town Purple” community contest wrapped up last week with 13 local businesses participating, according to the event's coordinator, Moochie Hart.
In the two categories judged, the winner of the window decorating portion was the Russell County Extension Office while the winner for the outside of business portion was Lakewoods Rent to Own.
“I am very pleased with the local participation,” Hart said. “We had a total of 13 businesses that participated and everyone seemed excited about 'painting the town purple.'”
“Purple is the official relay color and the color that encompasses all cancers,” Hart said.
With these businesses participating, passers-by and customers alike were able to see the efforts of decoration all around the county.
Hart said she even had some of the businesses tell her that they are going to keep an eye out for decorative items for next year's contest while others told here that they are already thinking of ideas for next year as well.
“I want to thank our local businesses for their support and want to encourage other businesses to get involved with our local Relay For Life,” she said. “The money we raise really does benefit Russell County cancer patients.”
Since September of last year, money raised by the Relay has gone to help 10 Russell County cancer patients, either in gas cards, free wigs or other patient services.
“Money that our relay raised has allowed one Russell Countian to stay at the Hope Lodge in Lexington for a total of eight nights saving that patient approximately $1000 in lodging, gas and food bills,” she said.
Hart said the entire mission of “Paint the Town Purple” was to raise cancer awareness in our community.
“There's not one person out there whose life hasn't been touched by cancer and our goal is let people know that there is help available to them through the American Cancer Society and that as an active Relay for Life group, we are relaying to help our fellow Russell Countians,” she said.
The “Paint the Town Purple” contest is just one of a string of events heading into this summers' Relay for Life event.
With the big annual event now just two months away, it is getting crunch time for local Relay winners.
Last year's Russell County Relay For Life event raised more than $63,000 for the American Cancer Society
The Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature activity and offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer, according to their website.
Relay For Life has three main purposes: To celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost to the disease and to fight back against the disease.
Anyone wishing to help out with the Relay For Life or for more information on the services available through the American Cancer Society, contact Brooke Cary with the American Cancer Society's Somerset office at 606-678-0203.