May 5-10 is Cancer Awareness Week

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Residents may notice a little more purple downtown this week, and it’s all in honor of National Cancer Awareness Week.


Mayor Steve Galliher signed a proclamation Friday morning at City Hall declaring May 5-10 Cancer Awareness Week in Sedalia, in conjunction with Pettis County Relay for Life. The Relay for Life committee provided Sedalia Downtown Development Inc., with purple bows to tie around street lamps and other poles downtown, and businesses are encouraged to “paint the town purple” by decorating their storefronts with purple displays to show their support for cancer awareness. Some businesses will have pamphlets and other materials with cancer information. Sedalia residents are also encouraged to wear purple, the official color of the American Cancer Society, on Friday wherever they are to spread awareness.


SDDi Executive Director Meg Liston said there will be a sidewalk sale Saturday to attract more people downtown during the awareness week.


“We have a neighborhood attitude that fits with taking care of our neighbors, spreading the word on cancer, screenings, the importance of that,” Liston said. “We’re in a central location and a few ribbons will go a long way, alerting people something is going on. If they’re not aware they’ll ask and get some information on it. I think it fits. We haven’t done any event in partnership like this before but I think it’s a good one to start with.”


While fundraising for Relay for Life is ongoing until the event is complete June 7, committee member Cynthia Hopper said the week of awareness is just that — the committee isn’t using the week to gain donations but rather to spread awareness in Sedalia.


“Everybody’s life has been touched by cancer. Either they had it or they’ve known someone who had it,” Hopper said. “It’s important we keep it up front in our minds, remember how important it is. People can get a lot of information from Relay for Life, learn the warning signs, learn the importance of early detection. Awareness saves lives.”


There’s still time to purchase a luminaria for $5 or star of hope for $20 in honor or memory of a loved one to be displayed during Relay for Life. They can be purchased by calling event chair Brandon Hammond at 619-5534 or on the Pettis County Relay for Life website.


This year the committee has a goal of selling 650 luminarias, signing up 500 participants and 43 teams, and raising $90,000. The 2013 event surpassed all of last year’s goals, which helped 251 cancer patients in Pettis County. Donations can be given directly to teams, through the numerous team fundraisers throughout the month of May, or through relayforlife.org/pettiscomo. There will also be games or items for sale at each team tent the night of the event — Hopper described the atmosphere as a “mini carnival” — and there will be a silent auction with 40 to 50 themed baskets.


Pettis County Relay for Life, with the theme “There’s no place like hope,” an homage to “The Wizard of Oz,” is from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. June 6-7 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3700 W. Broadway Blvd. Teams can still sign up through relayforlife.org/pettiscomo. The last team captain meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 15 at First United Methodist Church.

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