Purple ribbons, posters and fliers popped up all over downtown Exeter last Wednesday.
They were put their by organizers of the Relay For Life in Exeter. Known as the Paint the Town Purple, it serves as a preview for the actual Relay on May 18-19 at Exeter Stadium. Committee members Terri Guzman, Tricia Kirksey, Joann Dodson, Stephanie Woods and Keri Mitchell tied purple ribbons around street lights, passed out purple posters to place in windows and parlayed information about the upcoming Relay to local proprietors. In the days leading up to the activity and those following, a local artist painted purple ribbons on the windows and doors of downtown businesses as well.
The color purple is chosen because it represents all cancer, not just pink for breast cancer or blue for prostate cancer. Paint the Town Purple helps Relay organizers raise awareness about the Relay, the largest fund-raiser for the American Cancer Soceity. As of press time, Exeter had 35 teams comprised of more than 300 participants. And even though the relay is a month away, they have raised more than $38,000.
It’s not too late to join a team! For more information about Exeter’s Relay For Life, visit www.relayforlife.org/exeterca or call Chairperson Terri Guzman at 559-280-0897.