Volunteers from the American Cancer Society decorated Santa Monica in shades of purple Tuesday, May 1st, in preparation for the organization’s annual ‘Relay for Life,’ scheduled to be held this year at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica on July 28th and 29th.

The community campout event, which will take place throughout California, invites towns, businesses, schools and cities to ‘Paint the Town Purple’ to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to bring awareness to the Relay for Life event.

‘We’re using the power of purple to bring good news to cancer survivors and to mobilize the community,’ said Summer Smith, co-chair of the campout. ‘Paint Our Town Purple Day is a time to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, and to have some fun with the color purple to bring attention to the American Cancer Society’s many programs and services to our community.’

‘The American Cancer Society represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated,’ Smith added.

Informaton and registration forms for the ‘Relay for Life’ Saturday and Sunday, July 28th and 29th, at John Adams Middle School are available from Anita Dominguez, (818) 841-2994, or www.acsvents.org/relay/ca/santa monica/.