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Relay for Life ribbons to paint town purple

CONYERS — In the next couple of weeks, a sea of purple ribbons will fill the city of Conyers in celebration of the annual Relay for Life event on April 26.

The event helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, which supports more cancer research. Those interested in painting the town purple in support of Relay for Life and cancer survivors can purchase ribbons for $10.

This year’s Relay for Life will be held at the Rockdale Government building, known as the Old Maxwell building, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 26. The event brings together friends, family, cancer survivors and supporters from around the community to celebrate the lives of those affected by the deadly disease.

Teams and individuals take laps around the track walking in memory of those who lost the battle against cancer. But those who have won the fight are also remembered and take a special victory lap to kick off the event.

Rockdale County Relay for Life organizer Julie Singleton said she’s participated in the event for more than 10 years and encourages participants to remember the event’s motto: “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”

“I really enjoy seeing everyone in the community who I haven’t seen in a long time, but my favorite part is the luminary ceremony,” Singleton said. “It’s an emotional time when we begin to light the bags, torches and lanterns around the track in honor of those who lost the cancer battle and the ones who continue to fight. It assures you that this is something we all want to fight against.”

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force with more than 3 million volunteers who encourage early detection; finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer.

More than $3.4 billion has been donated to cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s efforts. Through those funds more than 11 million people in the United States who have been affected by cancer will celebrate more birthdays.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org. To participate raising funds locally, ribbons can be purchased by contacting Julie Singleton at juliesing2000@yahoo.com or 404-660-0461. Ribbons can be picked up from 4-6 p.m. April 18 and 9-11 a.m. April 19 at Wells Fargo off Ga. Highway 138.