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Honors scholars to ‘Paint the campus purple’

03/12/2014

Next week, members of the Honors Program begin their quest to paint JSU’s vibrant red campus purple—temporarily, of course.

This year, the Honors Program is partnering with members of the Jacksonville community in an effort to raise even more money for Relay for Life and their efforts to put an end to cancer. Students on campus can help out as well.

Last year, the Honors Program surpassed their fundraising expectations for their goal of $5,000 by over $1,000, bringing in over $6,000 total. Members of the honors program sold large purple bows to hang on doors, mailboxes, or any other place to raise awareness for cancer.

This year, they’ll be selling the bows again for $5 in an effort to “paint” the campus purple, a color that represents cancer awareness nationwide, yet again. They will also be selling discount cards that offer cardholders special deals at a range of local businesses in Jacksonville for $5 as well.

By purchasing a bow or discount card, students can help contribute to the American Cancer Society while saving a few bucks next time at lunch.

During “Paint the Campus Purple” week next week, honors students will be selling paper suns and moons at the TMB for $1 for students to show their support by dedicate a sun or moon in honor of a loved one who has battled with cancer. Students can purchase baked goods at the table, as well.

When classes are over, students who are still looking for ways to lend a helping hand to the cause can go eat dinner in Jacksonville. That’s right—by eating dinner at one of the participating restaurants (Loco Mex, Struts, or Momma Goldberg’s) and requesting that a portion of their ticket go towards the Honors Program’s Relay for Life fund, students put the Honors Program one step closer to reaching their goal.

In addition to dinner, students can also visit Mad Hatter cupcakes for a special “purple” cupcake. Each cupcake purchased is another dollar raised for the American Cancer Society through the Honors Program’s Relay for Life team.

Once the spring semester comes to a close, students that live in the area can continue to participate in the organization’s efforts.

The Honors Program will be a participating team at the Calhoun Country Relay for Life event to be held on Friday, May 9th at the Fort McClellan Soccer Complex. Teams will gather in the midst of other festivities to celebrate cancer survivorsand the ongoing efforts to bring the illness to an end. There will be various booths, games, and food for the whole family.

At the end of the night, there will be a lantern ceremony, during which a candle is lit and placed inside of a decorated white bag. These candles are for survivors or those who are currently battling the disease.

This memorial service serves as a reminder that the millions of people in the United States affected by cancer are never forgotten.

Almost every person in the United States has been effected by or knows someone affected by this illness. It is up to students of Jacksonville State University to decide whether or not they will be part of the cure.

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