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Relay For Life

Event raises awareness, money, provides hope.

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Photo by Emily Mentzer

The Polk County Relay for Life hit Riverview Park in Independence on Saturday and Sunday. The event raised money for cancer research, celebrated cancer survivors and remembered those who have been lost. For more on Relay for Life, see Page 7A.

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With temperatures climbing to a record-breaking 99 degrees on Saturday, participants of Relay for Life raised money by selling cooling neck wraps. All participants had to take precautions to stay cool during the event.

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Relay for Life Polk County took place in Independence on Saturday.

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This year’s Relay for Life theme was “May the Cure be With You.” Many tent sites were decorated with the Star Wars theme, and laps were designed to dress up as characters from the famous films. At midnight, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was shown.

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Participants embraced the theme "May the cure be with you" at Relay For Life.

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Luminarias light the walking path at Independence Riverview Park during Polk County Relay for Life in early June. Each paper lantern honors someone who has battled cancer or who is still fighting the disease, or is in memory of someone who lost the fight. A few were in memory of pets.

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Face painting was one of the many activities put on during Relay For Life.

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Relay For Life had a large number of teams, including Western Oregon.

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Relay For Life featured activities for all ages.

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A chain made of colored paper links wrapped around the survivor’s tent. Each color represents a type of cancer. The number of links added represents years each survivor at Polk County Relay for Life has battled or survived that particular cancer.

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Relay For Life raised money for cancer research and awareness.

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Nancy Adams speaks during Relay For Life.

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New to Relay this year, Talmadge Middle School’s community enrichment class decided to put together a team to help the efforts to battle cancer and raise awareness. The young group brought a positive energy to the event.

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