Cullman Mayor Max A. Townson on Friday signed a proclamation marking May 6, 2016, as Relay For Life Day in Cullman and May 1-6 as Paint the Town Purple Days.
On hand for the proclamation were Relay For Life of Cullman County Volunteers Helen Allen, Gail Crutchfield, Linda Walker and Shirley Wise, and the American Cancer Society’s Haley Marecle.
The proclamation reads:
Whereas, cancer is a group of disease characterized by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells which, if not controlled, can result in premature death; and,
Whereas, the American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest and most respected voluntary health organization, is dedicated to eliminating cancer and predicts that there will be an estimated 1,685,210 new cancer cases diagnosed and 595,690 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2016; and,
Whereas, Relay For Life began in May or 1985 when Dr. Gory Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising $27,000 for the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer; and,
Whereas, from that event the Relay For Life movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer and symbolizing the emotional commitment each of us can make in the fight against cancer; and,
Whereas, while the American Cancer Society is making progress toward a world without cancer, only with the dedication and fundraising efforts of all of us can they finish the fight against every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community; and,
Whereas, we are fortunate to have dedicated people in our community who plan events to raise awareness and funds to help fight against cancer, and because of their efforts we have the opportunity to “Paint the Town Purple” on May 1-6, 2016, to create awareness and to participate in the “A Cure for Every Season” Relay For Life event on May 6, 2016, at the Cullman County Fairgrounds.
Now, therefore, I, Max A. Townson, as Mayor of the City of Cullman and on behalf of the City Council and all of our citizens, do hereby proclaim:
May 6, 2016, as Relay For Life Day and May 1-6 as Paint the Town Purple Days in the City of Cullman, urging everyone to join the fight against cancer and to support those in our community who are afflicted by the disease.
The Relay For Life of Cullman County Committee expresses its thanks to Mayor Townson and the City Council for helping bring awareness to the American Cancer Society and the battle against cancer. With everyone’s help we CAN FINISH THE FIGHT against cancer!