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Tualatins first Relay For Life effort brings in more than $35,000

First-ever Tualatin event labeled a success

TUALATIN - Tualatin's first official Relay For Life event raised $35,355. And relay organizers said more is expected from residents and community members who are still eager to help the American Cancer Society cause.

'Although hot, we had a perfect weekend,' said event chairman Doug Campbell. He estimated that about 250 people showed up at the event at Tualatin High School June 24.

Teams of people walked the school's track for 24 hours as a way to raise money for cancer research. This was the first year for Tualatin to hold its own Relay For Life. In the past, the city was grouped with Tigard.

Campbell said he was glad residents in Tualatin were able to get their feet in the door and raise funds for a great cause.

'We really did illuminate the track,' Campbell proudly said, making light of the 180 luminaria bags sponsored during the nighttime remembrance ceremony.

Darlene Stephens, with the American Cancer Society, noted that residents have already begun asking for information on next year's relay.