“I encourage everyone in Ascension Parish to wear purple on Friday, February 23 to show support for the great work of the American Cancer Society.”

Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed Friday, February 23 as Paint the Parish Purple Day in Ascension Parish. Paint the Parish Purple is an activity of the American Cancer Society that promotes cancer awareness.

“Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer,” said Matassa. “I encourage everyone in Ascension Parish to wear purple on Friday, February 23 to show support for the great work of the American Cancer Society.”

Money raised through the awareness campaign supports the ACS's mission of saving lives and creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. The society works to help people stay well and get well, as well as finding cures for cancer and fighting back.

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Ascension Parish will be held Saturday, March 10 at Cabela's in Gonzales. The event is a major fundraiser for cancer research. For more information, visit RelayForLife.org/ascensionla or call 1-800-227-2345.

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