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Purple lights shine bright for 'Sarah Strong'

Businesses and homeowners around the community have starting putting out purple lights as a showing of support for Sarah Crane and her battle against cancer.

Posted on Sept. 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Sept. 19, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.

One of the numerous purple lights around the Lerner Theatre help send a subtle message of support for Sarah Crane.

The Elkhart community has found another way to show support for Sarah Crane, the teenager who is struggling with cancer.

In recent weeks, supporters have rallied to her cause  by wearing specially designed purple t-shirts. But the color purple has surfaced in different ways beyond the shirts. Earlier this month, the Elkhart County Courthouse featured purple lights on the building's exterior.

On Wednesday night, the exterior of the Lerner Theatre was dotted with purple lights as well.

David Smith, general manager of the Lerner, feels a close connection to Sarah because her grandmother, Sally Faus, works in the box office.

"Not only having a tremendous concern for a her as a young lady in our community, we also have a personal connection," Smith said. "We all wear our t-shirts on Fridays and just do everything we can to provide support. ... It's just the right thing to do."

The colored lights on the Lerner building first appeared Wednesday and will remain that way for a while, Smith said.

Numerous fund raising efforts have been organized. To remain updated or just show your support, checkout the Facebook page.

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