Relay For Life Volunteers Will “Paint the Town Purple”

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CLARK—The American Cancer Society will unofficially kick-off the Relay For Life season by “Painting The Town Purple” on Saturday, May 1. All residents of Clark and neighboring communities are invited to join the festivities, which will take place in front of Clark Bagels, 1045 Raritan Road, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers from the American Cancer Society will be present to educate the public about Relay For Life, and the importance of community involvement in the fight against cancer.

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Activities for May 1 include face painting sponsored by St. Agnes Church Youth Organization, and the decorating of local businesses to help promote the upcoming Relay For Life event. One way to help the efforts of the American Cancer Society is to purchase purple ribbons or bows, which will be available to those who would like to decorate their home or business to show their support of local cancer survivors.

After May 3, bows can be purchased at Clark Township Municipal Building, Room #21 or 28, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Proceeds generated from these sales benefit American Cancer Society research, patient services and cancer prevention programs.

Relay For Life volunteer committee members will be available to assist businesses within the town of Clark who would like to decorate and be part of the Paint The Town Purple campaign. New volunteers are welcome to help on May 1, and are encouraged to take part in the upcoming Relay event as well.

These Paint the Town Purple activities are designed to get the community excited about the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Clark.  Relay For Life is an opportunity for the community to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, be helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Relay For Life of Clark will take place on June 11 and 12 at Arthur L. Johnson High School, 365 Westfield Avenue, Clark.

Started in 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbeque, dance and take turns walking or running around a track “relay” style to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminaria candles around the track in a touching ceremony honoring cancer survivors as well as paying tribute to those lost to the disease.

In 2009, Relay For Life of Clark raised over $185,000 with over a thousand participants and more than 55 teams. Funds raised through the event support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.
To learn more about Relay for Life of Clark, contact Betty Newborn – American Cancer Society Special Events Manager at 1-908-354-7373 opt.3 ext. 244 or email clark.relay@cancer.org . Visit the web at www.relayforlife.org/clarknj .


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