MOUNT VERNON — If you’ve been wondering about those purple ribbons around Public Square, down South Main Street and across Mount Vernon Avenue toward South Division Street, it is because purple is the official color of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Each year communities prepare for Relay For Life by holding “Paint the Town Purple” events as an opportunity to raise awareness about Relay For Life.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Knox County will take place Friday and Saturday. The participants of this team event raise money to combat cancer and increase awareness of the disease.

The Relay For Life event, Survivors Lap and reception and Luminaria Ceremony will be held at the Mount Vernon High School Football Field and Track, 300 Martinsburg Rd.

The schedule of events includes:

Cancer Survivor Recognition, Friday at 6 p.m. — Cancer survivors from the Knox County area are invited to walk the first lap of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event to celebrate life. Each registered cancer survivor will receive a Survivor T-shirt to wear while walking the track. There is no cost to participate. Cancer survivors should call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-2272345 to register. Families and friends are welcome to attend.

Luminaria Ceremony, Friday at 10 p.m. — The American Cancer Society will conduct a Luminaria Ceremony to recognize those touched by cancer in Knox County. Individuals or companies can make contributions in memory of those who have lost their fight with cancer and in honor of those who have survived or are still fighting. Each will be recognized by a lit luminaria candle. Luminaria contributions can be made by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

Fight Back Ceremony, Saturday at noon — The ceremony will call for participants to pledge to take action to save a life from cancer. Call Andrea Perlman at 1-888-227-6446 for more information.

For more information on Relay For Life, to register for the Survivor Lap or contribute to a luminaria, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.



Joshua Morrison: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @


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