Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 30, 2013

Relay for Life encourages all to ‘Paint the Town Purple’

AVON — Help spread a message of hope. Join the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Avon and “Paint the Town Purple” on May 4.

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 area — in purple.

“We want everyone to see purple and to think about finishing the fight against cancer,” Alyssa Clark, Relay for Life online chair and Paint the Town Purple organizer said in a press release. “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 Relay gear, it’s all about letting people know that there is hope. The sky is the limit on what you can do to decorate and send that message.”

Plans are moving forward to turn Avon purple. Efforts include the Avon Town Hall, Washington Township offices, all three fire stations, Washington Township Park, Hendricks Regional Health, IU Health West Hospital, Avon Schools, Avon round-a-bouts, and utility poles down U.S. Highway 36.

At this time about 28 businesses plan to go purple. Individuals and additional businesses are welcome and encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact Alyssa Clark at alyssamayclark@yahoo.com .

Paint the Town Purple supports Relay for Life of Avon, an overnight event that brings the community together in the fight against cancer, which will be held May 10 to 11 at Avon Town Hall. Individuals and teams — made up of family, friends, co-workers and community groups — will unite to fundraise, 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. There will be a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. May 11 as well as many other team fundraisers throughout the event.

The Avon Relay for Life also invites all cancer survivors to be celebrated May 11. This survivor lunch is for survivors and one caregiver, registration starts at 11 a.m.  There will have a wonderful lunch catered by Boulder Creek, some fun and fabulous desserts, many door prizes, a special guest speaker, and some music by local talent. This birthday party will be a great opportunity to celebrate life with other survivors from the community. After the lunch, survivors are honored with the cancer survivor’s celebration lap and bingo.

To learn more about Relay for Life of Avon, call Beverley Austin at 344-7824. Upcoming fundraisers, information, and teams and survivor sign up is available at the website http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?amp;pg=entry&fr_id=50160.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. The society saves lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, the society turns what it knows about cancer into what it does. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more or to get help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit the website at www.cancer.org.