Paint the town purple


Kyle Lovern/WDN Local citizens and businesses are encouraged to “Paint the Town Purple” from now until next Friday when the annual Relay for Life event will be held at Lefty Hamilton Park in Williamson. The Tug Valley Inn, located on Second Avenue in Williamson, has already decorated with purple bows and purple flowers.

WILLIAMSON – The Relay for Life organization is reminding local businesses to “Paint the Town Purple” for cancer awareness.

Some businesses have already decorated their storefronts. Many have purchased the purple bows, but the local volunteers want to remind them to decorate.

The annual Relay for Life event is scheduled for Friday, June 19, at Lefty Hamilton Park in West Williamson.

Other municipalities in Mingo County have also been encouraged to paint their towns purple. Those towns include Delbarton, Gilbert, Matewan, Kermit and border towns such as South Williamson, Kentucky. Rural communities can also get involved and be a part of Relay for Life.

The Mingo County Commission is letting the group use its stage for the event next week. The Luminaries are also being sold and will be lit at dark in memory of those who lost their battle with cancer.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event. It is a fun-filled t experience designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer. At the Relay event, people from within the community gather to celebrate survivors, remember those lost to cancer, and to fight back against this disease.

Relay for Life participants help raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. During events, teams of people gather at take turns walking or running laps. The events are held each summer.

Through the survivors’ lap and the luminaria ceremony, they honor the people who have faced cancer first hand, and we remember those who have been lost to this disease.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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