Relay for Life hosts Show of Hope Day

Each year organizers of the Dexter Relay for Life turn downtown purple to help inspire and support those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

Show of Hope Day, which is held every year on May 20, Relay members put up purple ribbons and paint consenting businesses’ windows to help raise cancer awareness. The event started eight years ago after the father of organizer Angie Scott passed away from a quick and unexpected bout with cancer.

Relay for Life organizer Holly Kipfmiller said the day, which has since grown into a week-long event, helps show solidarity with those who are battling cancer as well as their families.

“It gives them the knowledge that there is a lot of support out there,” she said. “There’s support from everyone in their community.”

During the day, supporters also wear purple to help spread awareness. It also helps the community to remember the lives cancer has taken, Kipfmiller said.

“For those who have lost the battle it’s our way of commemorating them,” she said.

Show of Hope Day serves as the pre-cursor to Relay for Life’s annual fundraising event, which is set for June 13 at Monument Park. Fundraising kicked off in February and the group is about one third of the way toward it’s goal at $13,640 so far.

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