Thursday, June 21, 2012

Relay for Life approaching; businesses encouraged to 'go purple'

Idaho Falls may notice something different around town next week with the appearance of purple-painted windows, decorations on homes and businesses and banners in support of the Bonneville County Relay for Life.

The American Cancer Society fundraiser is scheduled for July 13 and 14 at Thunder Stadium near Bonneville High School. Teams in our community have been raising funds throughout the year with car washes, garage sales, fashion shows, dinners, "Dancing With the Idaho Falls Stars," etc.

The American Cancer Society is aware that many small local businesses and individual people do not have a lot of money to support Relay For Life. Nevertheless, there are many different ways to get involved at little or no cost.

Paint the Town Purple was created to help generate cancer awareness in fun and creative ways. Businesses and individuals can show support without spending a lot of money but by simply showing some purple pride, said Liza Leonard of Ball Ventures, who is chairing the effort.

Starting Monday, local businesses are encouraged to decorate their offices, shops and restaurants as creatively as they want with the official Relay For Life color, purple. "We are not all personally affected by cancer, but if we come together we can help raise the spirits of those battling with the disease and restore hope for many," Leonard said.

If you have any questions or ideas, call her at 208-201-4133 or email lizaleonard@hotmail.com.