City Council Chairman Joe Batte, right, reads a proclamation honoring the relay, watched by event chairman Raul Medina. Over the weekend, Marco Islanders stepped out to fight cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held for the first time at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent$RETURN$$RETURN$
As the Survivors’ Lap got under way to kick off the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at noon Saturday, the scene could have been a promo for the movie “The Color Purple.” The cancer survivors wore purple T-shirts as a badge of honor, and they came in all sizes and ages, from 9 “and a half”-year-old Hannah Adams to ladies who were — well, considerably older.
The host of purple shirts and the attendant caregivers pointed out that, as survivor co-chair Judy Mayo said before the relay’s start, “cancer touches everybody.” There are few people who have not had a family member or close friend stricken by the disease, so everyone can understand the urgent need to fight the dreaded disease in all its forms.
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