YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown Relay For Life collects thousands of dollars annually from passing motorists on Commerce Street who spare whatever they can to volunteers holding purple buckets.

The “Paint the Town Purple” tradition, held this year on Friday, May 4, kicks the fundraising season into gear. Since 2006, Yorktown Relay For Life has raised nearly $2.4 million for the American Cancer Society.

The day prior, Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli, with the help of several town officials and volunteers, literally painted the road purple. Many Yorktown businesses also caught the purple fever: Bagel Emporium sold purple bagels, Eda’s Garden sold purple tea and Trailside Cafe sold purple smoothies.

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The Relay For Life event will be held Friday, June 8, at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field, where survivors, their families and the general public will unite under the common goal of one day finding a cure for cancer.

To join in the fight, visit relayforlife.org/yorktownny.