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Organizers hope Relay for Life will be biggest one yet

Teams raise funds in a variety of ways

Willamette Valley Medical Center photo<br><b>A local group has walked more than 350 miles and raised $1,335 for this weekend's Relay For Life event.</b>
Willamette Valley Medical Center photo
A local group has walked more than 350 miles and raised $1,335 for this weekend's Relay For Life event.

Jun 20, 2013


(News-Register staff)  Cancer survivors will kick off the 2013 Relay for Life with a celebratory lap around the Patton Middle School track at 6 p.m. Friday.

The June 21-22 Relay, a celebration of the lives of cancer victims and a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will continue for the next 18 hours. More than 38 teams will have walkers on the track throughout.

Co-chair Jami Fuller said organizers want to make this the biggest event ever.

“Our theme is ‘Relay Big,’” she told the News-Register. “We want more people involved — more participants, more sponsors, more of the community. The more the merrier.”

Registration is free to survivors. To register, call survivors’ chair Heidi Belinsky at 971-237-0486 or just show up at the event. Advance registration is preferred, but not required.

Teams raise funds by collecting donations. Last weekend, Mid-Valley Rehabilitation staff members and clients held one last fundraising blitz for their 13-member team at the Staples parking lot. 

Willamette Valley Medical Center, a group of community members who have survived heart attacks or want to reduce their heart attack risk have been raising money for the event while they exercise.

As of yesterday, the group has walked more than 350 miles and raised $1,335.

“In the four weeks prior to the Relay we track treadmill miles for all of our classes,” saidCarol Cattrall, RN, who coordinated the effort.  “Some Cardiac Rehab patients and staff pledge a donation per mile, while others donate a set amount to honor a cancer survivor or one lost to cancer. Many work hard to increase their mileage during this important challenge.”

Thus, the patients get the dual-benefit of giving to a great cause, and the cancer-fighting benefits of increased heart and lung capacity, increased energy levels, improved hormone levels, DNA repair and reduced fat cells. 

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