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An Evening of Hope
Some gathered to celebrate their victory over cancer, others to remember loved ones lost to the disease. And on the wings of doves, they sent their hopes and prayers skyward as a community came together to fight for a cure.
Hundreds of people gathered in Millennium Plaza Park on Saturday for Lake Oswegos first-ever Evening of Hope, a fundraising effort in support of the American Cancer Society. The family-friendly event included food, music, face painting and lots of games. A scavenger hunt through downtown Lake Oswego added to the fun.
But there were tears, too, and quiet moments of simple reflection: a moving tribute to cancer survivors; the lighting of floating candles; and a beautiful luminaria display, with messages that began In memory of, In honor of and simply, Never give up.
It was, says Shari Olsen, whose husband Steve is a cancer survivor, a really moving experience.
Through Wednesday, the event a scaled-down version of the popular Relay for Life had raised more than $41,800, but its not too late to help. Donations still are being accepted at bit.ly/1L32CGM.
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