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Ways Packers fans can help 'Stop the Violence,' fight cancer on 'Wear Purple' weekend

Erik Bilstad and Jay Sorgi

Jared Allen, Aaron Rodgers. Photo: Image by TODAY'S TMJ4

Ways Packers fans can help 'Stop the Violence,' fight cancer on 'Wear Purple' weekend

By Erik Bilstad and Jay Sorgi. CREATED Oct 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 25, 2013

There may be many Packers fans wearing purple this weekend, and not in support of the rival Minnesota Vikings.

The issue of domestic violence has risen in our state's consciousness in recent weeks for many reasons, and it's why Friday has been declared "Wear Purple to Help End Domestic Violence Day" in Wisconsin.

One reason is because it's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the much-needed work through local programs who are taking on the issue and helping survivors of domestic violence.

"Purple is the color that nationally represents the awareness about domestic violence," Marie Kingsbury, the Executive Director of the Women's Center of Waukesha told 620WTMJ's Erik Bilstad.

Another reason involves the one-year anniversary this week of the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield, a case of domestic violence.

A third even touches the sports world: the recent killing (allegedly in a domestic violence situation) of the son of Adrian Peterson, the all-pro running back for the Packers' purple-wearing opponent on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings (6:00 p.m. on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26, 5:00 p.m. on 620WTMJ).

Then, there's another purple-clad cause marked this weekend, as the Mitchell Park Domes will be lit purple in honor of the fight against pancreatic cancer.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has organized the Purple Lights Vigil at the Domes on Sunday, the day of the Packers game against that purple-clad Vikings squad.

Ah, there's the rub.  The Packers and their purple archrivals.

There are many Packers fans who much prefer to wear the beloved green and gold at the office on Friday.  There are probably just as many Packers fans who believe that wearing purple so close to a game against their archrival is a sinful sign of treasonous mutiny against their beloved team.

Remember, though.  Football's a game.  Only a game.

Domestic violence and pancreatic cancer are often life-and-death issues.

What to do, then, if you want to help and you're a Packers fan?

Here are some possibilities:

1) Wear a purple shirt with a Packers pin, or choose not to care about the fashion faux-pas and wear a Packers hat with a purple shirt (if you're allowed to at your office).

2) Wear your Packers gear with a purple ribbon to remind others about domestic violence or pancreatic cancer, and if a Packers fan wonders why you're wearing it, talk about why you have that ribbon.

3) If you have a Twitter account, use the "purple G" avatar which spread among Packers fans in sympathy and solidarity for Peterson and the fight against domestic violence.  If others ask why you have the purple Packers logo, tell them about the reason.

4) If you wear any sort of Packers gear on Friday:
- Make a donation to one of the many causes which help in the effort to eradicate domestic violence or pancreatic cancer
- Tell other Packers fans you've donated, share this link, and challenge them to donate and show they support the purple cause even if they don't like "that purple team."
- Make an effort to talk to someone you know who you suspect may be involved in such a situation, to help them know they are not alone.

Note: None of these ideas involve any requirements to wear Vikings gear.

Just ways to help the effort to perhaps save someone's life through your awareness, generosity and compassion.