A Whole-House Commitment

You can’t miss Cindy Covell’s home at 105 Buchanan St., and that’s the point.

Covell has won the Traveling Trophy as part of Relay For Life’s Paint the County Purple campaign.

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

If you’ve been down Buchanan Street in the past month, you can see why she won.

Covell is a member of the Relay For Life Team Remember and will put the plaque up at Family Video where the team leader works.

“Why hide it in my house; it’s not really for me. I did it for everybody. It’s personal to me, and purple is my color anyhow. It was fun to do,” she said. “I challenge somebody to out-do me next year. That would be fun to see.”

Like most people, Covell has family and friends who have or had cancer and she was inspired to participate in Paint the County Purple by her Relay For Life team captain.

She usually puts out purple planters, but she painted her frog garden statues, she made flowers from table cloths and the rest you’ll have to see for yourself.

“I figured it’s really, really busy, this street,” she said. “I don’t know how many people stopped to talk to me about it and some of them had cancer.”

One man stopped to take her picture for his friend in California who has cancer and loves purple as much as Covell. Another couple stopped to talk, but anyone who drives by can’t miss the house or the signs for Relay For Life.

“I really feel it, because nobody can do it on their own. Everybody is touched by cancer. Either a friend or family member, everybody knows somebody,” she said. “Everybody is aware but nobody actually talks about it. So this get people aware and talking.”

“I’m hoping I’ll do this every year now,” she said. “It’s for a good cause and you have to make it noticeable. It was fun doing it, and I enjoyed and I know it’s done some good.”

“We always say it takes a community to finish this fight and Cindy’s house is a great testimony of how one can get involved with a fun activity. Her decorating draws a lot of attention to our mission,” Marie Costello, Relay For Life specialist, said. “It was wonderful that she included signs with our purpose written on them. Folks passing by Cindy’s house do not have to second guess what she is promoting! We need more folks in Warren County to help promote awareness of our Relay For Life. Perhaps Cindy will be an inspiration to others to become involved.”

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 in Warren.

Following the opening ceremony 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.

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.