‘Paint the Campus Purple’ will raise funds and awareness

By on January 8, 2013
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While the Relay for Life at UAB is nearly a month away, participants aren’t wasting any time raising awareness and funds for the event on campus.

“Paint the Campus Purple” is a week-long celebration of the people who have battled cancer, a remembrance of loved ones lost, and a way to fight back against a disease that steals too many lives.

“Relay for Life” is an American Cancer Society sponsored event in which teams of people constantly have someone walking or running around a set track or path for up to 24 hours, symbolizing how the fight for cancer will never stop.

Team members ask for donations from their friends, families, and co-workers, with all the proceeds going toward fighting cancer.

UAB’s Relay for Life is set to take place on January 25 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will kick off the rest of the Paint the Campus Purple week at the university.

As of today, 18 teams of 72 people have signed up for the event, raising a growing total of $1,170.60 in order to at least put a small dent in counteracting the 575,000 estimated US cancer deaths this past year, according to the American Cancer Society official website.

“Paint the Campus Purple” aims not only to draw attention to the Relay for Life event, but it also serves as a way to engage students in a variety of activities throughout the week of January 21-25.

In the past, events during the week include a benefit concert, speaker night, wear purple day, and a tie-dye fundraiser.

Some nearby restaurants may end up getting involved as well; during the 2010 Paint the Campus Purple week at the University of Connecticut, a Panda Express chose to donate the money of all purple-attired students to the fight against cancer.

For more information regarding this event, look for flyers posted around various parts of the campus.

By Russ Timothy
Staff Writer
Russtim@uab.edu

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