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Painting the town purple for cancer awareness

May 1, 2008 – 4:05PM
By ABBY SEWELL, staff writer

BARSTOW — Phyllis Kiplerdyed her hair purple on Wednesday night.

Although her violet locks prompted some funny looks from people at her church, the Cameron Elementary School teacher’s aide was not making a fashion statement. She raising cancer awareness, as part of the lead-up to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser in Barstow.

Kipler decided to participate in the Relay after her mother died of Hodgkins lymphoma in February. Suddenly, the ACS’s mission to fund cancer research, education, and support services became personal.

“When it hits close to home, you get really committed,” Kipler said.

She joined a Relay team and began fundraising. A few weeks before the big day, she has already raised $400.

So when Cameron Elementary School decided to show its support for Relay by decorating the campus in purple on Thursday, for Paint the Town Purple Day, Kipler got into the act by wearing all purple and dying her hair.

Students made purple pictures and decorations for the event, and volunteers from the Cameron Parent Teacher Association hung the children’s handiwork along with purple streamers on Wednesday morning.

“We didn’t do it — the kids did,” PTA president Tami Sabblut said. “All we did is hang it up.”

Paint the Town Purple Day is the last big event leading up to the May 17 Relay, said Relay committee chairperson Renita Wickes. Along with Cameron, Barstow City Hall and various businesses and churches around town agreed to sport purple for the occasion…….READ MORE