The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Homepage

April 1, 2013

Purple bow blitz coming

TARBORO — Edgecombe County’s Relay for Life team wants to “Paint the County Purple.”

“We want to paint Edgecombe County purple with purple bows that show your support for Relay for Life,” said Brenda Ward, who is serving her 12th year as purple bow chair. “The purple is the standard color for all cancers.”

Tarboro Mayor Donald Morris signed a proclamation declaring April 7-13 as “Paint the County Purple Week.”

In doing so, Morris urges citizens to “celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost to the disease, honor caregivers and join Edgecombe County’s fight against cancer. Only together will we find a cure.”

An estimated 56,164 North Carolina residents are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 20,000 of those will not survive.

The purple bows are $5 apiece and can be placed on the front door or mailbox of a home or business, or any visible location to show support of Relay for Life. Ward said Relay coordinators sold about 1,400 bows last year. That number reflects the county’s support for Relay. Last year’s Relay in Edgecombe County ranked fourth in the nation for a county of its size for the most money raised for the American Cancer Society.

“That makes me really proud,” Ward said.

“The people in Edgecombe County, I feel like they show their compassion and their love for each other through Relay for Life,” said Bennita Dunham, community manager for the American Cancer Society. While studying at East Carolina University, Dunham had a friend, Kendra Shaw, whose mother died when she was 2 years old.

“I wouldn’t want another young lady to go through that,” Dunham said. “She is the reason that I fight so hard.”

Participating in Relay has a personal meaning for Ward, as well. Her father Alvin and mother Virginia both died of cancer and several of her friends have also died from the disease.

“I wanted to do my part to help more people be aware,” Ward said.

Susan New, Relay co-chair, said Relay is “a time of joy, it’s a celebration, and it’s a time of tears, because we do remember the ones we’ve lost.” To Ward, the most emotional part of Relay is watching the cancer survivors walk a lap around the track.

“When you see the survivors walk the survivor lap, it is just awesome,” she said. “We have that end of the spectrum, but then we have the celebrating part, too.”

New said 33 teams and 259 participants have registered for Relay so far this year. This year’s Relay will begin at 6 p.m. May 3 and end at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Tarboro High School athletic field.

“You’re awake for 24 hours. Cancer doesn’t sleep and neither do we,” New said.

A scavenger hunt, Bingo, and walking laps around the track are some of the activities that are part of Relay.
“We just want to encourage families to come out and join us. It’s something for all ages,” New said.

To purchase a purple bow to contribute to Relay, call Ward at 452-7747 or see any Relay team member in the county.

 

1
Text Only
Homepage
triplets.jpg

Autistic 3-year-old triplets Ja’Won, Ja’Quon and Ja’Quavion, from left to right, take a break from riding their bikes to sit together on the couch of their Tarboro home. The triplets’ mother Lisa Porter shared her story in honor of autism awareness month, which is April.

Local News
Our Community
Sports
Joe Miller.jpg

Tarboro Vikings first baseman Joe Miller drives in the go ahead run for the Vikings in the sixth inning. Miller was 1 for 3 with a RBI as the Vikings defeated the South Creek Panthers 4-2.

  • Vikings make late comeback

    The Tarboro Vikings bats took a nap for the first five innings Thursday against the South Creek Cougars in Two Rivers Conference action until the sixth inning alarm clock woke seniors Wesley Hart and Joe Miller.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harrell returning to Louisville
Opinion
  • The legacy of Joe W. Dickens Jr.'s dash

    Joe W. Dickens Jr.
    Sept. 14, 1953 - March 21, 2014
    The above statement is profound in its own way. It signifies the birth and the death of one of the most influential men in Edgecombe Coun

    March 31, 2014

Lifestyles
  • Bones-final-cover.jpg Local librarian pens first novel

    Roman Leary, director at Edgecombe County Memorial Library, has written his first novel – “Six Days of the Dragon.”

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries Archives
Events
  • EDGECOMBE EVENTS

    Edgecombe Events must be submitted by noon the day before publication. Items eligible include notices of local meetings and activities of non-profit organizations, clubs, schools and civic groups in the community. Information should be brief and typewritten, neatly printed or via  e-mail. For questions call 252-823-3106 or
    e-mail: events@dailysoutherner.com.
     

    April 18, 2014

Facebook
CNHI Network News
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case