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Fighters, survivors and their supporters use their feet to express their feelings and raise money for the fight

NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: EMILY GOODYKOONTZ - Tara Bohren hugs her 12-year-old daughter, Sahalie, who has been marching in the relay since she was 2, when her brother was diagnosed with cancer. Her brother died of the disease in his mid-20s. Her father also died of cancer, within two months of his diagnosis.The western Washington County Relay for Life took place Saturday, July 8, at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School. Take a look.Survivors hold up cards denoting the number of years they have survived their cancer diagnosis. Memorial luminaries line the track at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School During this years Relay for Life, waiting to be lit later that night. Many luminaries included personal messages.Luminaries honor loved ones.Carefully decorated luminaries make cancer issue personal.Cameron Rutledge, who was diagnosed with cancer as a Forest Grove High School student, spoke to the Relay for Life crowd on Saturday, July 8. Forest Grove's finest take a lap around the track together.Some Forest Grove police officers volunteered their time at the event.Eldena VanderZanden, who has participated in the relay for 16 years, got this year's 'Spirit of the Relay' award.  Friends and supporters carry a banner for Brenda Gleason Kintz, a previous 'Spirit of the Relay' award winner.Children take time to play while others march.The event drew people of all ages.Photos and messages memorialize beloved cancer fighters.  Marchers were treated to special entertainment.Hope--and the search for a cure--were prevailing themes at the relay.

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