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Tacoma Relay for Life raises about $575,000 for cancer research

Cancer research got a $575,000 boost this weekend at the Tacoma-born Relay for Life.

The 24-hour event affiliated with the American Cancer Society wrapped up Saturday evening at Mount Tahoma High School. It began in Tacoma in 1986, and co-founder Pat Flynn said Saturday that the relay now happens in 5,200 communities across the U.S., as well as 22 countries.

“It’s the single largest health-related fundraiser in the world,” she said.

Brooke Longacre, with the ACS, said the Tacoma event was a smashing success, raising more money than last year.

“I was a little worried about the weather, but

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Letter Carrier Food Drive this Saturday

Postal workers and the Emergency Food Network are teaming up for the 17th annual Letter Carrier’s Food Drive in Pierce County this Saturday.

On Wednesday, letter carriers delivered food drive bags along with regular mail. Postal customers are asked to fill the bags with non-perishable food and place the bags next to their mailboxes by 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Letter carriers and hundreds of volunteers will take the items to a local food bank for families in need.

Suggested donation items are canned meats, fruits, vegetables, packaged pasta, dry rice or beans, and other foods not in glass containers.

An estimated

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March for Babies garners $200,000

Nearly 1,000 Pierce County residents raised $200,000 at the March for Babies at Point Defiance Park on Saturday.

Proceeds from the five-mile March of Dimes event at Owen Beach will fund research and programs to improve pre-natal care and help premature or sick infants, according to a news release.


March for Babies at Point Defiance Park on Saturday

The March for Babies will be held at Point Defiance Park’s Owen Beach Saturday morning.

Proceeds from the five-mile March of Dimes event will fund research and programs to improve pre-natal care and help premature or sick infants, according to a news release. Details below:

WHEN: Saturday, May 1
Point Defiance Park
Owen Beach, 5605 N. Owen Beach Road
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. March for Babies Begins
NOTE: Shuttle buses will be available at Point Defiance to take walkers down to the beach.

HOW: To join in, visit

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Free house-painting deadline approaches

Low-income senior or disabled homeowners in need of a free exterior house painting this summer are invited to apply to the Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful program. Deadline for applications is April 15.

Using volunteer labor and donated supplies, paint crews are matched with homeowners all around Pierce County, from the urban core of Tacoma and Lakewood all the way out west to Gig Harbor and east to Elbe and Ashford. The program, sponsored by Associated Ministries, is in its 26th year.

Last summer, more than 1,600 people volunteered and painted 82 homes. Crews have painted 1,902 homes since the program began.

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Happy silver anniversary, Habitat for Humanity

Local volunteer homebuilders celebrate a milestone starting today.

The Tacoma/Pierce County chapter of Habitat for Humanity kicks off its year-long 25th anniversary celebration with an invitation-only fundraising lunch for hundreds of boosters at Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma.

The group will be cheered on by special guest Clive Rainey, known as the original volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International, having signed up way back in 1977. Rainey has worked on projects from Florida to Africa and came up with the “sweat equity” concept, in which families contribute unskilled labor as a down payment on their homes.

The local chapter, for

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