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Ripon displays purple for Allison Council
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RIPON — In support of Ripon’s Allison Council and others like her who have been battling cancer, this small close knit community is painting the town purple in its second annual Relay for Life fund raising campaign.

Council, who has been waging her fight against the dreaded disease for some 10 years, started the Relay for Life in Ripon in 2008.  Her stage presentation,  telling of her many angels who have walked with her through her experiences,   left many choked up in tears and emotions as she reached their hearts with her stories – giving many a new hope.

Ripon business woman Helen Caetano credited Council for “singlehandedly” getting the program off and running last year.  

“She worked tirelessly to get everyone on board to paint the town purple.  It is only fitting that since she isn’t able to do it again this year that we all get on the band wagon and see that the ‘paint job’ gets done for her,” Caetano said.

She added that it is passionate to her that people have hope and not forget the ones who have been lost to the disease.

Riponites are asked to keep Allison in their prayers as they show their support for cancer victims and for cancer survivors, as well, by displaying purple bows, tying purple ribbons on door knobs, car antennas and trees along with displaying purple balloons and banners and by wearing purple in a community-wide show of support.

As it was last year, purple will be seen as the significant color throughout the community from May 3 through May 17.  The emotional Relay for Life heartfelt event is scheduled to be held over 24 hours in the Ripon High School’s Stouffer Field as team members will continually walk their laps around the school’s track.

Breast cancer in particular has formed a close sisterhood among its survivors.  Not only will women be involved in the Relay for Life as they were last year but many husbands, dads, sons  and brothers are also going be joining in the march.

The American Cancer Society is asking for total community support for Relay for Life to celebrate the survivorship and to remember those lost to cancer.