Marion, Hillsboro schools plan 2nd ?Purple Night Out?

Marion and Hillsboro schools will host the second ?Purple Night Out? for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County when their basketball teams meet Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Marion.

By hosting Purple Night Out, school officials and Relay for Life volunteers are inviting everyone to join them by wearing purple to show solidarity for the fight against cancer.

Purple is the designated color of cancer survivors.

In 2010, more than 200 residents participated on teams for the annual Relay for Life. Fifty survivors and caregivers walked the opening lap. One RFL goal this year is to increase the number of survivors who walk the opening lap.

?Relay For Life is as much an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser,? said Jamie Norris, event organizer. ?Businesses and individuals willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as sponsors or participants, are making a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that they care.?

Relay For Life is the signature, overnight event of the American Cancer Society. As the largest fundraising walk in the nation, Relay mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

The 2011 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marion County will take place April 29-30 at Warrior Stadium in Marion.