Downtown Mt. Pleasant filled with stars
The sidewalks of downtown Mt. Pleasant have become filled with stars thanks to a unique fundraising effort.
Team members of the Relay for Life team Esther's Crew sold painted stars in honor and in memory of those who have had cancer.
“We wanted to do it in coordination with ‘Paint the Town Purple' for the Relay for Life in July,” said Esther's Crew member Debe Patsy of Acme. “We are using semi-permanent paint, so it will last about three months and will wash off eventually.”
Stars were available in the color lavender, which Patsy said represents all types of cancer, for $5. Stars of different colors, each representing a different type of cancer, were available for $7. The name of the person being honored or memorialized was painted across each star.
“If the ribbon on the star goes to the right, it is in honor of the person. If it goes to the left, it is in memory,” Patsy said.
Approximately 300 stars were sold. Money raised from the event will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, which will be held July 20 at the Regional Family YMCA of the Laurel Highlands in Mt. Pleasant. Funds from the relay are used toward finding a cure for the disease, which 12.5 million people are diagnosed with each year, according to the American Cancer Society's website.
Patsy said they had initially hoped to sell about 100 stars and are very pleased with the overwhelming response they have received.
Esther's Crew team member Melanie Fritz of Mt. Pleasant said she personally sold about 40 stars.
“I think it has been so popular because cancer affects every one of us in some way,” Fritz said.
The women said the fundraiser has attracted interest from outside the area.
“We have had people buy them from the states of Indiana and Florida. They had seen it posted on Facebook,” Fritz said.
Stars can be found in many locations on the sidewalks along Main Street. Patsy said they have tried to spread them out as much as they can and have tried to honor requests to place them in certain locations.
Linda Harkcom is a freelance writer.
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