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Rainy Relay for Life draws 150 to Forest Grove

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - Kerry Vanderzanden represented the University of Oregon during Relay for Life's 'Civil War Lap' July 9.Clouds and rain greeted this year’s Relay for Life of Forest Grove, dampening participation — but not the spirits of 150 people who showed up to walk, share stories, listen and reflect.

Though more than 250 participants were expected, far fewer actually showed up, with many likely backing out because of the weather.

Still, 22 teams raised over $61,700 (as of Monday) for local American Cancer Society programs during the 24-hour event, which started at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, and concluded at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 10, on the Neil Armstrong Middle School track.

A ceremony Saturday afternoon recognized Brenda Gleason Kintz, who died April 28 of leiomyosarcoma, with a “Spirit of Relay” award. Kintz, 53, of Forest Grove, had been a staunch supporter of Relay for Life.

And Relay’s traditional luminaria ceremony lit up the NAMS track Saturday evening to honor loved ones fighting cancer or who had lost their lives to the disease.

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: RYAN LACKEY - Last year, Relay for Life Forest Grove raised over $69,000 for local American Cancer Society programs. Some of the money goes to research for finding a cure for the disease.
The weekend’s top fundraising teams were Fight Like You Mean It, $18,583; Bedes of Sweat, $7,400; and Marlene’s Warriors, $4,700. Top individual fundraisers were Brenda Kintz (posthumously), $10,972; Eldena VanderZanden, $4,874; and Lonnie Gleason (Kintz’s brother), $2,815.