Did you wonder what the purple ribbons around town were? If you had gone to Sherwood's Third Annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life Kick-off on March 15, you would have realized that purple is the Relay for Life color of hope.
Eighteen teams have signed up so far for the 19-hour walk, run or strolling relay, to be held at the Sherwood High School field on August 3-4, beginning at 7pm. Organizers hope that 40 teams will ultimately choose to be part of the event, and that together all participants will raise $70,000. The proceeds, which will benefit the American Cancer Society, are used for cancer education, patient advocacy and research.
Anyone - families, businesses, church groups and schools - can form a Relay for Life team. Teams often camp overnight in the middle of the Relay track, and share experiences such as the Luminaria lighting ceremony. Liz Keebler, mother of cancer survivor Emily Keebler and Team Development Coordinator, says, "We share a common goal of honoring, supporting and remembering everyone affected by cancer, and hope that we can help the American Cancer Society find a cure."