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Purple marks awareness for Relay For Life

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Eight-year-old Jordan Merriman helps to "paint the town purple" with members of Relay For Life of Gahanna-New Albany 2014 at Gahanna's Creekside on Friday, May 2. Merriman and his family came from Fort Wayne, Ind., to help Jordan's grandmother, Cindy Parker, the public-relations coordinator for Relay For Life of Gahanna-New Albany 2014.

Gahanna is being decorated in purple to bring awareness to the upcoming Relay For Life of Gahanna-New Albany 2014, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 6-7 at Lincoln High School, 140 South Hamilton Road.

This year's Relay is expected to reach the milestone of raising $1 million total for the American Cancer Society since the local event began in 2000, said Stephanie Musko, event chairperson.

Volunteers began decorating the Creekside area May 2 with purple ribbons and painting local business storefronts purple in support of the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's national signature event that brings together teams of families and friends from local companies, schools and organizations to walk around a track in relay fashion. All proceeds raised from the event are used for cancer research, education, prevention and patient services.

Mayor Becky Stinchcomb proclaimed Saturday, May 3, as Paint the Town Purple Day.

"Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and impacts many of our loved ones," Stinchcomb said. "We wanted to do our part to bring awareness and to show our support in fighting this disease in our community."

Activities for the Paint the Town Purple event included purple-themed displays in storefronts, decorating houses, swapping out white bulbs for purple bulbs and wearing purple at work or school.

This year's Relay theme is the board game, Monopoly, according to Musko.

"We'll be using the various board colors to represent the different types of cancer, as well as using other blocks such as the Electric Company to sell glow sticks, Water Works for a water stop and the In Jail block for the Gahanna Jaycees jail and bail tent," she said.

The fundraising goal for the 2014 Relay is $68,000.

As of May 2, the Gahanna-New Albany Relay had 17 teams, 136 participants, raising $17,709.

Various fundraisers are taking place before and after the June Relay.

Team Weaver will be at Chipotle, 95 N. Hamilton Road, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

For customers who say they're with Relay For Life or Team Weaver, half of the sales will be given to the Relay For Life of Gahanna-New Albany 2014.

Team Crusaders will host its annual golf outing benefit at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Airport Golf Course, 900 North Hamilton Road.

It's the event where Blacklick resident Marshall Zimmerman recorded a pair of aces during the same round June 22, 2013, in the American Cancer Society outing.

Contests will be held for longest drive and closest to the pin for both male and female categories.

Team It's All Good will host its fourth annual Cruise-In on Sunday, June 29, in the Gahanna Lincoln High School parking lot. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

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