Mayor Tom Hanel has proclaimed Friday Purple Day in Billings in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event Friday and Saturday at Billings West High School.
In a proclamation Hanel read during the city council meeting Monday, Billings residents are asked to wear purple Friday to celebrate cancer survivors, caregivers and Yellowstone County Relay for Life participants.
According to Hanel’s proclamation, more than one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Thanks to work by the American Cancer Society and other groups, today two in three people diagnosed with cancer survive five years or longer than in previous years. The ACS has helped fund 48 Nobel Prize-winning researchers.
Hanel, who with his wife Robin is co-chair of this year’s Relay for Life, himself practiced what he preached on Monday, sporting a purple tie during the city council meeting.