Courtesy photo Chelsea Levine, team captain for Glades Electric Co.'s Relay for Life team in Lake Placid, shows the thermometer flyer indicating the event's goal.
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published: Friday, March 29, 2013
LP prepares to paint the town purple
Special to the News-Sun
LAKE PLACID - Get ready to see purple, think purple, and wear purple. The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event will take place this year in Lake Placid on April 6 at the Lake Placid High School football field beginning at noon. Many enthusiastic local teams will set up campsites to prepare for the 18 hours of fun.
Since the signature color for Relay For Life is purple, local merchants and individuals are encouraged to display this color in any way possible for the entire week preceding the event. Purple bows, purple clothing, purple banners and other creative ideas will remind everyone of the purpose for Relay For Life.
Many businesses are already displaying their purple. Florida Hospital in Lake Placid has an actual tree in the lobby sporting purple ribbons and remembrance medallions, and folks are encouraged to "hang one on" in honor or memory of a loved one. Glades Electric has decorated its lobby with medallions, posters, crepe paper and other purple items to remind customers about the Relay for Life event. The local SweetBay store also has medallions on display.
Relay For Life raises money to help local families dealing with cancer. There are programs to help with recovery and support, plus transportation to and from doctors, and also research. The Hope Lodges throughout the country offer a home away from home for patients undergoing treatment, and the R.O.C.K. camps (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) offer family camping activities for childhood cancer patients.
All Relay For Life events are open to the public at no charge, and this provides a wonderful way to support a good cause while having fun. Although the opening ceremonies begin promptly at noon, all cancer survivors are encouraged to arrive shortly after 11 a.m. in order to register for the survivor reception, along with their caregivers. The survivors and their caregivers will lead (walk) the opening lap around the track before attending their reception inside a special tent.
A very special time at every Relay event is the luminaria ceremony at sundown. As the lights in the stadium go off, the luminaria bags are lit, and it is a time to reflect on cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles. It is a reminder that until cancer is wiped out, we still have a battle to fight.
Help those who are working hard to create a world with more birthdays by wearing purple and attending the Relay For Life event on Saturday, April 6. For more information, contact Emma Reynolds, the event chair, at 441-3985, or Ginger Keimel at 465-7930.
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