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May 1, 2014

'Paint the Town Purple Day' heralds upcoming Relay for Life

Cooperstown, along with the rest of Otsego County, will be going purple on May 9.

“Paint the Town Purple Day” is an even that seeks raise awareness for the Otsego County Relay For Life.

“Paint the town purple is the week before the relay to make the community aware of the relay coming up,” said Rena Lull, one of the event’s organizers.

On May 9, people are encouraged to decorate their homes and businesses with purple decorations, such as balloons, trim and ribbon. They are also asked to wear purple on that day, which the American Cancer Society has designated as the color of hope.

The event is in its third year in Otsego County, and is being organized by Lull and Dawn Dietz. Dietz and Lull have been involved with Otsego County Relay for Life since it began 16 years ago. They are also both cancer survivors.

May 9 was proclaimed the “Paint the Town Purple Day” by the Otsego County Board of Representatives this year, as well as by the village of Cooperstown and the village of Richfield Springs.

“We’re always happy to support the Relay For Life. It’s a good thing,” said Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, who signed the proclamation.

Dietz also said that they’ve gotten good support from the business community

“The local merchants are excellent,” said Dietz.

Some of the businesses that Dietz mentioned specifically were Bruce Hall Home Center, New York Pizzeria and Five Star Subaru. Businesses help out by decorating, as well as donating to the Otsego County Relay for Life itself.

The theme of the 16th annual Otsego County Relay For Life is “Sweet 16.” Since it began, the Otsego County Relay for Life has raised about $1.5 million dollars to help cancer patients, educate the public and fund cancer research. All of the money raised has stayed in Otsego County.

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