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VAN WERT — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Van Wert is offering an opportunity for businesses and local communities to show their awareness and support in the fight against cancer from April 21 – May 3.

To help finish the fight, community members can paint the town, residents can also paint the town purple by doing other activities, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping our white bulbs for purple bulbs, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school. Businesses can also ask for donations for purple items sold in their stores. Proceeds will support the American Cancer Society.

For more information about how to participate in painting your town purple or volunteering for the Relay For Life of Van Wert, call 1-888-227-6446 or visit

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at

The VW Relay for Life will be held at the VW county fairgrounds beginning on May 2 at 6 p.m. and ending at noon, Saturday, May 3.