Anyone in the community can help “Paint the Town Purple” by doing other activities, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white light bulbs for purple ones, putting a purple bow on your mailbox or front door, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school.

The American Cancer Society is seeking businesses and organizations to get involved in the Relay For Life movement by displaying purple ribbons and other decorations from March 1 through March 23. We are asking everyone to wear purple on Friday, March 1st. Purple is the signature color of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life program, which represents all cancers.

Anyone in the community can help “Paint the Town Purple” by doing other activities, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white light bulbs for purple ones, putting a purple bow on your mailbox or front door, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Washington in 1985, the Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to save lives from cancer. Uniting communities across the globe, we celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Teams participate in fundraising in the months leading up to the event.

Funds raised help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Society has invested more than $4.5 billion in research since 1946, and have funded more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions nationwide.

For more information about how to participate in painting your town purple and the larger Relay For Life of Ascension Parish movement, visit RelayForLife.org or relayforlife.org/ascesnionla, or call 1-800-227-2345.

Contributed by the American Cancer Society