Why Are The Town Common Lights Purple This Month?

WILMINGTON, MA — Last month, the Town of Wilmington turned the lights on the Town Common blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month as part of Autism Speak’s “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

This month, the lights on the Town Common have turned purple in recognition of Relay For Life Awareness Month as part of the American Cancer Society’s “Paint The Town Purple” campaign.

According to the Wilmington Relay For Life’s Facebook page, organizers are asking residents and business owners to display a purple ribbon and/or event sign at their homes and businesses in May.  Contact Julie Rauseo at julie.rauseo@cancer.org for additional details.

At last Monday’s Selectmen’s Meeting, organizers Joe Martinello and Julie Rauseo invited the public to participate in this year’s event on Friday, June 19, 5:30pm to Saturday, June 20, 5:30am at the Wilmington Middle School.   This year’s theme is “Lights. Camera. Relay.”  Learn more about the event HERE.

Wilmington’s Relay For Life has raised over $810,000 for the American Cancer Society in its first seven years.  Now in its 8th year, 112 participants have already registered for the event and $11,000 has already been raised.

Purple lights on the Town Common in May (photo from Wilmington RFL's Facebook page)
Purple lights on the Town Common in May (photo from Wilmington RFL’s Facebook page)

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