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Purple bow time starts now

Purple bows are being spotted around town — a sign that a major fundraiser for the local cancer center is afoot.

The bows are made by volunteers and sold for a $15 minimum contribution for residential bows; or a $25 minimum contribution for business.

“What an easy way for businesses to show their support of our local cancer center right here in Washington,” said Amy Brewer, hospice care coordinator with Community Home Care and Hospice.

Because all the ribbon has been donated by Blythe House owner Page Wright, 100 percent of all contributions go directly to the Shepard Cancer Foundation to fund programs and services for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors that help/improve their lives. Some of these services and programs include complementary therapies such as yoga, massage and kayaking adventures; educational opportunities and events such as dinners to promote prevention and early detection of cancer. “Lunch and Learns” to address topics to help cancer patients throughout their journey. Free screenings for breast and skin cancer, and events like the annual cancer survivor celebration, Shepard Family Fun Day, and a social to honor caregivers; and financial assistance with medical equipment, professional counseling, medical scans, wigs, prosthetics and lymphedema garment and much more.

To order, call 252-946-0312. Both delivery and pick up are available.