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Purple ribbons are reminder for cancer walk

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."

To start a team or join an existing team, go to www.acsevents.org/relay/or/sherwood (click the "Sign Up" button in the left side of the page). If you need help or more information about starting a team, you can attend one of the monthly Team Captain trainings. Contact either of the Team Development Coordinators: Liz Keebler at 503.825.1669/e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bonnie Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information about Relay for Life, or if your business would like to help sponsor the Relay, contact Leslie McCabe, Committee Chair at 503.880.9866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .