To the editor:
What are all the purple flags for?
This year's Brooke-Hancock Counties Relay for Life Committee has painted the Panhandle purple. With the cooperation of all the towns and villages between Beech Bottom and Chester, we have managed to paint our portion of the Panhandle purple.
Marshall and Ohio counties have joined the campaign, but I have not received an update yet. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Brooke and Hancock counties initiated the program last year with the Paint the Town Purple Campaign.
Why purple? Purple is the American Cancer Society's color for cancer survivors. Therefore, the purple flags are celebrating the cancer survivors in the Northern Panhandle. Every year during our Relay for Life event, we celebrate the survivors, remember those we have lost to cancer and fight back. We raise funds to help support research, education and advocacy.
This year's Brooke/Hancock Counties Relay For Life will be held at Follansbee Middle School Football Field June 1-2. The opening ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. on the June 1 and the event will close at 6 a.m. on June 2. There will be food, entertainment, games for children, a firefighter challenge, team games, a cake walk and, of course, our luminaria ceremony. Everyone is invited. Please come out and help us celebrate, remember and fight back.
The Brooke and Hancock Counties Relay For Life is hosting a parade at 7 p.m. May 28 in Follansbee. The parade will start at Follansbee Middle School and end at the Garibaldi Lodge.
Once again, the purple flags celebrate cancer survivors in our area and all over the country. Thank you again to all the towns, villages, schools, businesses and residents that helped us paint the Panhandle purple. See you on May 28 and June 1.
David A. Secrist
Hancock Relay for Life