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Get ready to go purple in May

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Editorial: April 25, 2013

ISSUE: Paint the Town Purple
OUR VIEW: Great way to gear-up for Relays

Some residents might be inclined to think their eyes are playing tricks on them during the first full week of May. But rest assured that won’t be the case. The purple hue we will begin seeing across the community signifies the return of an annual Relay for Life event.

Paint the Town Purple will take place in Elizabethtown May 6-10 as the kick-off and supporting activity leading to the Relay fundraiser to be held at Central Hardin High School on Friday, May 10. A purple splash around Radcliff and Vine Grove is expected to precede the Relay to be held May 31 at North Hardin High School.

Maybe all of May should go purple across Hardin County as a sign of unity in favor of these American Cancer Society benefits.

This will be third year for Paint the Town Purple. Last year, more than 30 businesses joined together displaying the signature purple hue on their storefronts, across promotional signage and inside their establishments in effort to promote awareness of Relay and the ongoing battle to find a cure for cancer.

Organizers anticipate even more businesses, schools, government offices and, yes, even private residences will be taking part this year. We hope so and will play a part in the fun with special design treatments on the pages of this newspaper during the week, too.

Through the simple act of hanging a purple fabric bow on your mailbox or doorpost at home, stringing purple lights across your business entry way or joining with co-workers or classmates to dress in purple attire are just a few of the create ways you can show your support. Paint the Town Purple organizers will conduct a contest for the best decorated business with the winner announced as part of the Relay.

Paint the Town Purple and Relay for Life are important community events. The cause these activities support is one that most likely touches every citizen and family across Hardin County. Cancer survivors will take to the track to celebrate the time they’ve been blessed to have in being cancer-free, while friends and family join them in remembrance of those for whom a cure was not quickly enough in coming.

We encourage Elizabethtown area residents to get involved in the May 6-10 events. We look forward to the May 31 events at North Hardin, too. Show your purple colors, participate in the Relays and help fund the search for a cure.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.