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Paint The Town Purple In Support Of Relay For Life In Estes Park

relay-ribbon7-24“How can I help?” That simple phrase was how our Mayor asked what he could do to assist in the Relay for Life. The Relay is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity with more than 3.5 million people participating nationwide. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one-day, cancer will be eliminated. Here in Colorado we raise about $3 million annually and receive approximately $12 million back in the form of research grants to Colorado State, the University of Colorado and other institutions – a return of roughly four times on what is raised!

The Relay for Life is a life-changing event that brings people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight. Additionally, Relay helps us to remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing. Lastly, we come together to fight back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.

There is not a required amount of money to raise in order to participate in Relay For Life. The American Cancer Society’s recommendation is for each participant to set a personal goal to raise $100. If you raise more, that’s even better. If you do not raise $100, you are still welcome to participate. We’re glad to have you. The only requirement to participate in Relay For Life is the $10 registration/commitment fee (per person) that is due upon registration. Anything you can raise through individual, team, or online fundraising is graciously accepted.

Everyone’s reason to Relay is as unique as his or her own personal story. At Relay, you can find healing, comfort, and support from others who have faced cancer or who have lost a loved one to the disease. You have a chance to meet people in the community who are equally as passionate about finding an end to cancer in our lifetime. You can thank all the people who have done so much to support you through your personal cancer experience. And you can gather together with friends, family, and colleagues to laugh, cry, and create lasting memories.

Thus, it came about that the Mayor agreed to issue a proclamation asking the community to “Paint the Town Purple.” In other words, wear purple in the days leading up to Relay to bring awareness to celebrate, remember and fight back. The Estes Park Relay will be held at the High School stadium on July 31st with registration beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you can’t participate, you can still make donations to the web site Hope to see you there!

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