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Annual July 4 event attracts 911 people to downtown Hillsboro for running events and a health care fair.

The 17th annual C.A.T. Walk & Fun Run raised $71,825 to help Tuality Healthcare provide cancer services in Hillsboro and western Washington County, according to Lindsay Coon, manager of marketing and communications for Tuality Healthcare.

Since its inception in 2001, the C.A.T. (Cancer Awareness and Treatment) Walk has raised more than $940,500 to support the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center, Breast Health Services and Hillsboro Hematology & Oncology.

Organized by the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, this year the C.A.T. Walk attracted 911 walkers and runners to downtown Hillsboro July 4.

The fastest runners included Marcus Graham, 14, of McMinnville, who finished the 5K with the fastest men's time of 17:43. Heriberto Ornelas, 48, of Forest Grove, was the fastest men's Masters Division finisher with a time of 22:09. Meggie Karp, 17, of Hillsboro, had the fastest women's time at 18:16. Patty Peck, 46, of Hillsboro, was the fastest women's Masters Division finisher with a time of 25:38.

In addition to the timed 5K walk and fun run, the annual event included a Kids' Dash and Kids' Zone, featuring an inflatable slide and face painting. The C.A.T. Walk health fair highlighted many of the services provided byTuality Healthcare.

Tuality Healthcare Foundation Director Marykay Morelli told the crowd, "Cancer is not an easy journey and it can't be walked alone," foundation director Marykay Morelli told the C.A.T. Walk crowd. "It takes a community of medical professionals, family and friends. And it takes funds. Thank you for walking a short course for cancer patients on a hard road."

The event's presenting sponsor was Metro West Ambulance. Other 2017 sponsors included Farmington Gardens, Sheldon Manufacturing, Tuality OHSU Cancer Center, Baker Rock Resources, Medline Industries, Milliman, Pacific University, Henningsen Cold Storage, the Hillsboro Hops, Andersen Construction, Columbia Bank, Genentech, AnchorPointe Graphics, and Pamplin Media Group.

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