Relay for Life of Whitley County has begun forming its planning committee for the 2014 event. Pictured are some of the members. Front row, from left: Tami Pence, Dorothy Manes, Christie Barkley and Carl Brown. Back row, from left: Jeremy Byrer, Melody Buckles, Cathy Cronin and Janie Graves. Not pictured: Tammy Gross and Jill Zorger. Photo contributed
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Purple ribbons may be decorating downtown Columbia City commemorating Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but the color purple held a different meaning Tuesday night.
Relay for Life of Whitley County began assembling its committee for the 24-hour walk in June.
Purple is the eventâ€™s color and the shade worn by cancer survivors at the relay.
It may seem premature to begin generating to-do lists and plans for a fundraiser more than seven months away, but there is much work to be done.
â€śWe have to change the mindset that Relay for Life is only one day,â€ť said Melissa Stephens, an American Cancer Society community representative. â€śCancer doesnâ€™t just happen in May and June. We need to be thinking of Relay all year long.â€ť
Since the mid 80s, relays have been held all over the U.S. The 24-hour walk-a-thon is more than a fundraiser, Stephens said it is a chance to celebrate, remember and take action.
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