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RELAY FOR LIFE: Committee forms to begin relay plans

October 16, 2013

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 — 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 event’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.

“We have to change the mindset that Relay for Life is only one day,” said Melissa Stephens, an American Cancer Society community representative. “Cancer doesn’t just happen in May and June. We need to be thinking of Relay all year long.”

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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