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The Dalles raises $1.1M for cancer fight

Relay For Life of The Dalles has been given third place for the American Cancer Society Gordy fundraising per capita award.

The award is presented to events that raise the most money per capita for various population sizes throughout the Great West division comprised of 12 states.

The award is named after Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt, who founded the Relay for Life and died in August at the age of 71 from heart failure after battling stomach cancer.

The Dalles’ fundraising efforts on behalf of the entire county have landed them third place in the Great West division’s per capita award for the 25,000-29,999 population category.

Since its inception in 2001, The Dalles’ relay has raised $1,153,403.

The money has been used to cover the costs of programs and services available to cancer patients and their families, as well as lifesaving research grants.

The American Cancer Society remains the largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, currently funding 816 grants nationwide totaling more than $434 million.

The society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the United States since 1991.

Thanks in part to Relay For Life, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate birthdays this year.

Planning is already underway for the 2015 Relay For Life of The Dalles, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, at Wahtonka school campus.

Anyone interested in joining the committee or starting a team is encouraged to contact Elizabeth Lynn at (503) 795-3989 or Elizabeth.lynn @cancer.org.

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