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Relay For Life plans to Paint the Campus Purple

Relay For Life of Auburn University will kick off the 2016 Relay season during the week of Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, by hosting their annual Paint the Campus Purple week.

Each day during the week, the Relay For Life committee will be on the concourse from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in attempts to spread awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

"The goal of Paint the Campus Purple is to start making students aware of our presence on campus and our event in the spring," said Peyton Lampley, executive of special events for Auburn's Relay For Life committee. "We always appreciate donations to our event, but this week we focus more on spreading awareness on our campus."

Each day during Paint the Campus Purple will have a different focus, according to Lampley.

"As a committee, we believe in celebrating our chance to fight back against cancer," Lampley said. "We try to make our time on the concourse as fun as possible for everyone involved."

Monday will focus on "Movember" and prostate cancer awareness. There will be photo booth-style props in the shape of mustaches for students. Anyone who takes a picture and posts it on social media with the tag #RelayForLife of #AuburnUniversity will be entered to win a prize at the end of the day.

Tuesday's focus is breast cancer, with a game of "bra pong" set up for students to play.

On Wednesday, the committee will bring attention to why it is important to get involved by honoring cancer victims. There will be different colored ribbons available for students to pin to their backpack, as well as a board to write the names of cancer victims and survivors in students' lives.

Thursday will celebrate the lives that the American Cancer Society helps to save through their research and outreach programs. Students may buy a balloon for $2 from the committee for the chance to win a prize. Each balloon will have a different prize inside, ranging in value from $2 to $5.

Friday will wrap the week up with facts about the American Cancer Society. Students will have the opportunity to spin a wheel and answer the question in lands on. Students who answer correctly will win candy.

"We hope that students will take a few minutes out of their busy days to come see us on the concourse," said Lampley.

Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event, began in Tacoma, Washington in 1985. Since then, more than 4 million people participate annually across the globe.

Relay For Life of Auburn University is planned and executed by a 70 person committee. Each member of the committee is an Auburn student volunteering their time and talents.

Students interested in getting involved with Relay For Life of Auburn University should visit the committee on the concourse during Paint the Campus Purple or visit www.relayforlife.org/auburn.

Photo provided by Carter Gustin


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