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Treadmill fundraiser at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center raises $3,129

For 24 hours last week, a treadmill was running in the lobby of Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in east Tualatin.

It wasn't just for show — “Walk Around the Clock!” raised $3,129 to support patients of the hospital's cardiac rehabilitation program, according to a hospital spokesman. Walkers and runners signed up for slots from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday, with a $1 per minute rate for donations. A raffle was also held.

"Walk Around the Clock!" raised money for a scholarship program that helps patients who may not be able to afford the copayments for cardiac rehab or who don't have health insurance that covers it.

This is the first year that Legacy Meridian Park held this fundraiser, according to spokesman Piseth Pich.

Pich said the hospital is “really excited” about this year's fundraising total and has plans to host “Walk Around the Clock!” again next year.