American Cancer Society to ‘Paint the Town Purple’

American Cancer Society to ‘Paint the Town Purple’

The American Cancer Society will “Paint the Town Purple” in celebration of its annual Relay For Life event.

On Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Relay For Life volunteers will be setting up booths on Main Street with team fundraising activities. There will be things to do, food and entertainment for all ages.

ACS would like to encourage area groups, churches, businesses and other community members to come visit these booths, set up your own fundraising booth and/or form a team for the Relay For Life of Ayer.

This is the community’s opportunity to join the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. We encourage all businesses on Main Street, in Ayer, to decorate their store fronts in purple on that day.

If you would like information as to how you can organize your own team for the Relay For Life event or the requirements to participate in the “Paint the Town Purple” event, please contact Darlene Chesbrough at 978-772-2666. You can also get information about the Relay and/or make a donation to the event by visiting the table that will be set up in front of the Town Hall on May 16.

Table space rental fee is $25 (payable to the American Cancer Society). Please contact Darlene Chesbrough at or 978-772-2666 (evenings) for further details.

Hundreds of community members are expected to participate in the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Ayer at the Ayer-Shirley Regional High School, 141 Washington Street, Ayer.

The Relay will run from 6 p.m., Friday, June 19 through June 20. Closing ceremony will be at 10 a.m. The Cancer Survivors’ Lap will take place Friday at 6:20 p.m., and will feature survivors taking a victory lap around the track.

In 2015, more than 95 Relay For Life events are planned in Massachusetts, which are expected to raise more than $11 million to benefit the American Cancer Society.