It is almost time to paint the town purple in honor of Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is a community celebration where individuals and teams get together, listen to bands, take part in fun activities and games and take turns walking or running around the track “relay” style to raise funds for cancer. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life represents hope in that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated. Relay for Life started in 1985 when one man walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000.
Many people know that pink is the color for breast cancer, but there are also colors for other cancers like black for lung cancer and white for bone cancer. During the Relay for Life, the color purple is often worn as it is the general color for all cancers.
A few months back on Jan. 17, the community was invited to the annual Relay for Life of Westmoreland’s kick off celebration at Washington and Lee High School. This is a yearly event that helps communities like Westmoreland to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and to fight back against the disease to create a cancer-free society.
Wanda Fones, chairman of the publicity committee for Relay for Life of Westmoreland said that while this year’s turnout wasn’t as large as previous years, it was still good. The relay teams had tables displayed with their team names and items they were selling to raise money for relay. It was also open to the public to come and get information about the Relay for Life event and for teams or team members to sign up. The Chairman of Relay for Life of Westmoreland, Charles Self, gave a presentation. Following the presentation, those in attendance enjoyed dinner, music and dancing by DJ Will Lewis.