Power in Purple campaign nears end

Local Chairman Travis Parker, left, and Co-Chair Jeniffer Botta of Wayne Farms.

The Coffee County Power in Purple closes on Oct. 31 but there’s still time to donate.

Residents can donate by contacting Campaign Chairs Travis Parker at (334) 494-7846 or at Travis@334-494-7846.com or Kimala Marlow at (334) 618-1442 or at kimala.marlow@cancer.org.

This year, Coffee County has 12 candidates, named the “Dynamic Dozen” who are wearing purple to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.

“In addition to wearing purple and raising awareness about cancer issues, these Power in Purple candidates will be raising funds to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer,” Marlow said. “Funds raised allow the Society to be there for those touched by cancer, including those who are currently dealing with a cancer diagnosis and those who may face a diagnosis in the future.”

Candidates can designate a cancer of their choice for their funds raised to go towards.

“If the candidate is passionate about raising money for lung cancer, for example, then the money they raise will be designated towards research and assistance for lung cancer patients,” Marlow said.

This is the third year Coffee County has participated in the campaign. Parker is joined this year by co-chair Jeniffer Botta of Wayne Farms who raised $9,000 herself during last year’s campaign.

The Power in Purple started as a men-only campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Then, after two years the event was expanded to include women. The color purple was chosen as it is the general color for the fight against cancer.

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