Relay For Life paints Warren County purple

Relay For Life of Warren County held its Paint the County Purple wrap-up celebration on Friday in the lawn of the Warren County Courthouse.

“We’re coming together as a community to support people that are survivors of Cancer and also those that are in the fight and we use the color purple, which is significant to survivors,” Chairman of Paint the County Purple, Michelle Albaugh, said. “It’s just about bringing everyone together, the awareness and hopefully getting people down to Relay For Life.”

Paint the County Purple ran from May 4 to June 6 and saw county businesses, residences and schools decorate windows, store fronts, porches, fences and lawns with items the color purple.

In preparation for Relay For Life, 25 teams have already registered, “which is up significantly from last year,” Cheryl Gruber, Relay For Life event chairman said.

Relay For Life of Warren County will run a full 24-hours from Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m. to Sunday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at Betts Park, 599 Ludlow St. in Warren.

“It’s 24-hours because Cancer doesn’t sleep. We go 24-hours and we will be up the whole time,” Marie Costello, Relay For Life specialist said. “Because we’re starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and going all day and all night, we really want the community to come down and see what it’s about. You don’t have to have cancer to come to Relay For Life. There’s going to be games, all kinds of food, crafts, music, a dunking booth…it takes a community to bring this fight to a finish. I think people in the past have thought, ‘Well, I don’t have cancer so I can’t go’ or ‘I don’t know someone with cancer’ or ‘it’s going to be sad, so I don’t want to go down for it.’ It’s going to be a fun, uplifting, joyful event that we would love the community to come and experience.”

The opening ceremony will kickoff on Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m.; the fight back ceremony will start at 4 p.m.; a survivor ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and will include the survivor/caregiver lap with upbeat music as all cancer survivors at the event take the first lap around the track cheered on by the other participants who line the track, celebrating their victory over cancer; the luminaria ceremony will start at 9:30 p.m. and will remember the people lost to cancer, show support for those who have cancer and honor those who have fought cancer.

The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 22 at 9 a.m.

Money raised through Relay For Life is used to research the fight against cancer, Gruber said.

To donate, sign up or view more information about Relay For Life of Warren County, visit www.relayforlife.org/ pawarren, Relay for Life of Warren County on Facebook.