Each year the Antioch community comes together and goes purple in anticipation of Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Drive through the city and you’ll see purple decorations hung on porches, around trees and front windows as part of Paint the Town Purple.
“The purple decorations signify us wrapping our arms around our communities and send a strong message of hope to let cancer patients, survivors and their families know that they’re not alone in their fight against cancer,” said Michele Littlefield, Antioch Relay For Life co-chair.
A cancer survivor of 27 years, Littlefield knows all too well how one’s life can be turned upside by a cancer diagnosis and understands the power of the Paint the Town Purple event.
“Last year, I went all-out decorating my front yard in purple,” Littlefield said. “Then a neighbor walked across the street and approached me all choked up. She was just diagnosed with cancer and I had no idea. When she saw me decorating, she knew I would be supportive and felt comfortable enough to open up and share her situation with me.”
Littlefield got her neighbor in contact with ACS, and by the next day, the ACS had already assigned her neighbor to a liaison from its local chapter.
“A lot of people are hesitant to support a large organization like ACS because they’re not sure where the donated funds go and how they’re being used,” said Littlefield. “Through events like Relay For Life, people can see and feel the difference the research, education, new treatments and donations bring to their communities, neighbors, friends and families.”
Antioch’s Relay For Life is held this weekend, June 22-23. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. on the Deer Valley High School softball fields. For more information on how you can join the movement, visit www.relayforlife.org.