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Eastside's Relay for Life Paints the Town Purple

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The American Cancer Society is in the business of birthdays, making sure each cancer patient celebrates many more happy birthdays.

Each year, more than four million people around the world raise much needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

People on the east side of Bay County kicked off their fundraising on Monday, and the Relay Team Development Chair LuAnn Ross is doing so in a unique way. She's hoping to flush away cancer.

Callaway Mayor Thomas Abbott and employees at city hall found a surprise Monday morning, a purple toilet on the front lawn. 

"April is Paint the Town Purple, so we painted a purple toilet," said Ross.

She hopes to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

If you find the toilet on your lawn, $20 dollars will remove it, but $25 will get you "flood insurance," and you can choose where it goes next.

"It's unique. It's sort of funny, you know, and it happens to be April Fools' Day," said Ross.

It's no April Fools' joke. The fundraiser kicks off the Eastside's Relay for Life.

Relay is an all night event where people stay up and support the mission to help eliminate cancer.

"We honor the cancer survivors, and they all, it's very touching to see that this purple T-shirt that they get to where, and it says 'I'm a survivor,'" said Ross.

The American Cancer Society says two out of three people diagnosed with cancer will survive, but the organization wants to change that number to three out of three.

"The research alone costs millions and millions and millions of dollars and, you know, that's what we're trying to do eliminate cancer and create more birthdays," said Ross.

She's doing so one flush at a time.

Mayor Abbott donated $20 to have the purple toilet removed from city hall. Ross plans to move the toilet to a new location Monday night, but that location is top secret.

The Eastside's Relay for Life on April 19th and 20th at the Callaway Recreational Sports Complex.