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RELAY FOR LIFE: Estacada event raises $30,000

370 community members join walk to benefit cancer research
by: SADIE MAIN Chase Sager, Alex Youse, Colby Sager and Don Sager walk in the 2011 Relay for Life.

The 2011 Estacada Relay for Life, held July 16-17, was the largest yet, raising $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.

This year's event boasted 29 teams and 370 participants, celebrating 50 cancer survivors.

According to an event organizer Sadie Main, local resident Heath Stalcup walked the entire 21 hours in honor of his daughter, who is a cancer survivor. He completed 272 laps, which amounted to 68 miles.

Keeping with tradition, survivors took the relay's first lap.

At the event, Stalcup's daughter, Kayla Nation, told the story of her battle with cancer.

Another speaker was Rob Gaskill of Drug-Free Estacada Families and Youth, who discussed the connection between drug and alcohol abuse and cancer.

Onsite fundraisers included a silent auction, food sales, a kids' play area and a cakewalk.

Firefly Entertainment and Dan the One Man Band provided event entertainment.

Main said this year's sponsors included: DEFY, Northwest Technologies, Cheri Dowhan CPA, IBEW Local 125, Estacada Rock Products, Kelly Lindmeier Photography, Les Schwab Tires, Estacada Community Foundation, Estacada Medical Clinic, Estacada News, Countryside Physical Therapy, Harvest Market, US Bank, Eagle Foundry and the city of Estacada.

Main extended additional thanks to the Gates family, Bill Youngberg, EACE, Roy Swan with Bend Bronze and Jared Grawrock.

Relay for Life is a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society. Its goal is to spread cancer awareness and celebrate those who have survived.

The American Cancer Society is an organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. For more information about the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345.