Auburn students, alumni and fans, and they are not afraid to display it anywhere. This week, Auburn’s campus will be lit up by a different color, one with just as much pride but also sorrow, hope and strength behind it: purple. Purple is the color that symbolizes cancer awareness, and Auburn University students will be spreading this awareness through the Paint the Campus Purple event, which is the official kickoff for Relay for Life at Auburn University.
According to the Relay for Life website, Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington. He raised $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society in their fight against the nation’s biggest health concern – cancer. Since then, Relay for Life events have been held all around the world and have raised nearly $5 billion to fight cancer.
Relay for Life at Auburn University will be held on the first weekend of April 2014, but fundraising efforts and team recruiting has already begun. Paint the Campus Purple is an effort to raise awareness of cancer’s effect on many students and their families as well as promote the Relay for Life event in the spring.
Each day of the week has a different theme: Monday’s is "Spark,” which is focused on education about the American Cancer Society and its mission. Tuesday’s theme is “Inspire” and is revolved around showing how Relay for Life saves lives. Wednesday is “Imagine” a world without cancer. Thursday is “Support,” which educates about the programs available to those who are currently battle cancer. Friday’s theme is “Believe,” and is focused on American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and what the organization is doing to help find a cure for the disease.
A table will be set up on the concourse all week for students to stop by, participate in activities, learn about Relay and share their experiences with cancer. Those who are interested are invited to sign up for Relay for Life by going to www.relayforlife.org/auburn.