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Nature rains on Relay for Life fundraiser

GRANDVIEW - The Lower Valley Relay for Life may have been rained out, preventing participants and teams from continuing with scheduled events after 6 p.m. this past Saturday, but the annual event raised $65,000 to benefit cancer research.

More than 32 teams and numerous survivors were registered for the 24-hour event. The teams consisted of Lower Valley community members from several cities, including Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser. Organizations like Yakima Bait also joined the cause.

The weather put a damper on the events and participants were unable to light the luminaries, which is a special ceremony recognizing those who lost the battle against cancer.

Despite packing up early because of Saturday's downpour, Curtis Campbell, the event chairperson, was pleased with the dedication of those present for the Relay for Life.

The Dee Parsons Award was presented during the opening ceremonies to Darin Truax and his family for all the time they have spent volunteering for the event.

This year, the financial goal was set at $90,000.

"We were really positive, but the weather really killed us...we were about double (in fundraising) where we were last year and there are still other events planned for the year," said Campbell.

He said he hopes to meet the goal with those other events.

"Sometimes Mother Nature shows us who's in charge," said Campbell.

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