ACS plans to ‘paint the town purple’ this summer

Published 4:03 pm Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You’ve heard of painting the town red. But how about painting it purple?

The Butler County Chapter of the American Cancer Society is launching its “Paint the Town Purple” campaign this summer. Purple bows with ACS Relay For Life stickers will be available for a donation of $5, with all proceeds going to the Butler County Relay For Life.

“These would look great on a front door, on a cubicle wall or a desk at work,” said Purple Ribbon chair Charlene Powell. “It’s a way to remember the importance of fighting cancer every day.”

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“While the Relay For Life event is over, that doesn’t mean cancer has stopped,” said community representative Jessica Garrard. “We want to keep cancer awareness and education out there for our communities. I realize this more than ever since the recent diagnosis of my mother-in-law with stage 1 breast cancer.”

Garrard said her mother-in-law has an excellent prognosis because the cancer was caught so early. And the reason it was caught so early is Garrard made sure her loved one got a mammogram.

“She hadn’t had a mammogram in four years and I got all over her. If I hadn’t done so, she wouldn’t know right now, and who knows how long it would have been before she discovered it,” Garrard said. “Early detection and treatment is the key for so many cases.”

Contact Charlene Powell at 334-376-9980 (evening) or 382-5685 (daytime) for more information about the “Paint the Town Purple” Campaign for Cancer Awareness.