The Franklin County Relay For Life committee began its “Paint the Town Purple” campaign this week. The purple bows and ribbons are to remind people of the upcoming Relay, set to begin Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m.      Missourian Photo.

The Franklin County Relay For Life “Paint the Town Purple” campaign began this week.

The purple bows and ribbons are to remind people that the Relay For Life of Franklin County is Friday, June 13, at Washington High School. The kickoff ceremony begins at 6 p.m., followed by a survivor lap.

Survivors are encouraged to register be calling Wendy Wildberger, 636-297-1000. Survivors receive a free T-shirt.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those who have lost their battle to cancer and fights back against cancer.

It is a family-friendly event with activities and entertainment for all ages.

Several teams do on-site fund-raisers including running games for kids, selling trinkets, or various types of food or snacks.

Relay For Life also has the luminaria ceremony at 9:30 p.m. June 13.

Participants can make a $5 donation for each luminaria, which is a white bag either in memory or honor of a loved one who is fighting or has fought cancer. The names on all the luminarias will be read aloud.

Luminarias can still be purchased online at or by emailing or at the Washington high school on June 13 through 9 p.m.

Businesses, organizations, citizens, survivors, and caregivers — everyone in Franklin County — are being asked to help promote the relay by displaying purple pride.

Committee members are reaching out to car dealerships and asking them to display purple balloons on the cars on the lots.

Individual households are welcome to participate.

“When people see the display of purple around Washington I want them to have hope that one day cancer will be eliminated,” Wildberger said. “I also want it to remind people of their loved ones, family members, friends, and co-workers who have been faced with cancer.”

Wildberger noted that in the 24 years since her cancer diagnosis, major advances in treatments and detections of cancer have been made.

“The words ‘you have cancer’ are no longer a death sentence,” she said, adding that today two of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving.

Businesses that want a Relay For Life poster may call Wildberger.