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The American Cancer Society will “Paint the Town Purple” during the week of May 8-13, 2016 in celebration of its annual Relay For Life event. Suwanee is joining several cities across the county by creating proclamations to support Gwinnett’s 23rd year of supporting Relay For Life:

WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society raises substantial funds for the fight against cancer, in part through the annual Relay For Life event, the largest fundraising event to eliminate cancer; and

WHEREAS, Gwinnett County hosts the largest Relay For Life event in the world. Of more than 5,500 Relay events held around the globe, Gwinnett continually leads all others in attendance and fundraising; and

WHEREAS, The City of Suwanee has a proud tradition of participation and passionate support of this program; and

WHEREAS, More than $33 million has been raised by the Gwinnett Relay over its 23 year history; and

WHEREAS, This year marks the inaugural Paint Gwinnett Purple Week, a celebration recognizing Gwinnett’s cancer survivors. Residents and businesses throughout the county will decorate and wear purple leading up to the 2016 Relay, which is being held on Friday, May 13 through Saturday, May 14, at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds; and

WHEREAS, Paint Gwinnett Purple Week will serve as an excellent reminder that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten and that those who face cancer will always be supported. It is a new tradition that will no doubt be proudly celebrated for many years to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, James M. Burnette, Jr., as Mayor of the City of Suwanee, along with my fellow Councilmembers, do proclaim May 8 – 13, 2016 as Paint Gwinnett Purple Week. I commend all of those who participate in Relay For Life and encourage the community to Paint Gwinnett Purple.

Done this 4th Day of May, 2016 in Suwanee, Georgia.

Businesses and residents can show their support in the fight against cancer by ordering a purple bow to place on their property. The bows are available for a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will benefit the work of the American Cancer to save lives from cancer by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Founded in 1985, Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. What one man began over 30 years ago is now the largest nonprofit fundraising event in the world, encompassing over four million people in over 6,000 communities spanning 23 countries. The Gwinnett Relay For Life event is heralded as the largest Relay For Life in the world, raising over $34 million for life-saving research and programs unites and mobilizes community members committed to eliminating cancer.

For more information, contact the Gwinnett American Cancer Society office at 770-814-0211 or visit