Rahway, NJ - The American Cancer Society will begin the very first Relay for Life of Rahway season by "Painting The Town Purple" on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Residents of Rahway and Union County are invited to join in while learning how a little bit of their time can make a big difference in fighting back against cancer. Volunteers from the American Cancer Society will be available to educate the public about Relay for Life of Rahway, and the importance of community involvement in the fight against cancer.

On May 6, ACS volunteers will help decorate downtown Rahway to promote the upcoming Relay for Life event. Residents can show their support of Rahway’s cancer survivors by decorating their yards and outside their homes with anything purple: ribbons, balloons, purple flowers, handmade signs are some examples. From the simplest gesture to abundant creativity, all signs of support are recognized and appreciated.

New volunteers are welcome to help on May 6, and are encouraged to take part in the upcoming Relay For Life event as well.

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Paint the Town Purple is designed to get the community excited about the American Cancer Society’s 1st Annual Relay for Life of Rahway. This unique event is an opportunity for all to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. Relay for Life of Rahway will take place on June 3, 2017, at the Rahway River Park Stadium.

Relay For Life is not your typical “walk-a-thon” fund raiser. This uplifting event celebrates cancer survivors and remembers the lives of those lost to cancer.

Relay for Life is a celebration where individuals and teams gather to celebrate, picnic, dance and take turns walking around a track “relay” style while raising funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants light hundreds of luminaria candles around the track in a ceremony honoring survivors and caregivers as well as paying tribute to those who lost their battle against the disease.

Not only are donations collected at the event, but this amazing experience raises community awareness by educating the public on the importance of early detection, cancer prevention and advocacy efforts. All contributions generated from Relay for Life benefit American Cancer Society research, patient services and cancer prevention programs.

For information on Paint The Town Purple, please contact Karen Infantino - Relay for Life Committee, email: KarenRFL2017@gmail.com, visit our Facebook page Relay For Life of Rahway or visit the web at www.relayforlife.org/rahwaynj .