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May 2, 2013

Towns to be 'painted purple'

Event raises awareness for cancer fundraiser

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — The Cooperstown/Otsego County Relay For Life committee recently announce that Mayor Jeff Katz of Cooperstown and Mayor Ron Frohne of Richfield Springs have proclaimed Friday, May 10 as Paint The Town Purple Day in their villages.

Purple decorations will be displayed on streets in both communities. Committee members are encouraging mayors in other Otsego County villages to do the same.

The committee also invites businesses and residents in all Otsego County communities to Paint The Town Purple and join the fun by decorating store fronts and homes with the color purple. Creativity is encouraged including dressing in purple, attaching purple balloons and/or ribbons outside businesses/homes, decorating store front/home windows with purple crepe paper or creating a purple entrée at local restaurants served at a table with purple carnations.

Paint the Town Purple is designed to draw attention to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. Businesses and residents are urged to support Relay For Life as an opportunity to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays, help people stay well, get well and find cures.

Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, have fundraisers and take turns walking around a track “relay” style to raise money to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants light thousands of luminara candles around the track in a ceremony honoring cancer survivors and pay tribute to those lost to the disease. Activities and entertainment continue throughout the night.

Relay For Life takes place in more than 6,000 communities and 20 countries. Combined events raised more than $385 million last year. Funds raised through the event support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services.

Highlights of this year’s event are:

Friday, May 17: Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m. followed by the Survivor Lap and Survivor Dinner; a haircutting ceremony at 7 p.m. to benefit wigs for women who have lost their hair during cancer treatment; a Fight Back Ceremony at 8 p.m. and the Luminary Ceremony at 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to these ceremonies.

Saturday, May 18: a continental breakfast for the public and participants will take place from 5 to 7 a.m. The breakfast is a fundraiser for The Spirit of The Otesaga Relay For Life team. The event will conclude with the Closing Ceremony, which starts at 7 a.m.

For Paint The Town Purple information, contact co-chairwoman Rena Lull at 547-5149 or co-charwoman Dawne Dietz at 547-2430. For event information, contact Carla Eckler at (315) 858-1451, Teri Sammis at 547-2949 or Helen Gregory of the American Cancer Society at 1(800) 227-2345 or visit