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An Evening of Hope

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Cancer survivor Janet Robinson and her granddaughter Lola, 7, release a dove as a symbol of hope at Saturday's Evening of Hope at Millennium Plaza Park.REVIEW PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Luminaria line a reflecting pool at Millennium Plaza Park, some offering words of encouragement to cancer survivors and others remembering loved ones who lost their battle with the disease.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 Oswego’s 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 it’s not too late to help. Donations still are being accepted at bit.ly/1L32CGM.

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REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Husband-and-wife cancer survivors Chris and Aggie Casebeer of Lake Oswego embrace after releasing a dove Saturday at Millennium Plaza Park.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Bonnie Artmann of Lake Oswego lights a candle in a reflecting pond Saturday with help from volunteer Sydney Taggart.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Jonathan Johnson and Michelle Tunell picture a cure with help from photographer Janis Livesley.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Andrea (left), Stella, Colin and Jake Porter of Lake Oswego decorate a luminaria in support of their aunt.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Leslie Nickels of Portland is excited after winning a game of heads or tails.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Luminaria line one of the reflecting pools at Millenium Plaza Park.