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Lake Oswego's 'Friends of Jeff' come together again on Friday to fight against ALS



Lake Oswego High School is determined to fight ALS.

ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease — has been the focus of a week-long fundraiser at the school that began on Sept. 25 and featured its highest-profile iteration at Friday's Tualatin at Lake Oswego football game.

Led by Jake Anders' Marketing Entrepreneurship class, the fundraiser will benefit the ALS Association and the Friends of Jeff Foundation. The class's goal is to raise a whopping $400,000 for the charities (with the help of Nike, which has pledged to match the money they raise, and other private investors who say that they, too, will pitch in).

The Jeff in "Friends of Jeff" is longtime Lake Oswego football assistant coach Jeff Young — also a former Laker player — who was diagnosed with ALS 34 years ago when he was a college student playing football for Southern Oregon University. The Laker alum still lives in Lake Oswego and is still involved with the football program at LOHS where he used to play.

In addition to a series of "disruptions" and events to raise awareness, the week ended with a special twist at the Lakers' football game on Friday night — students and parents wore red in support of the cause.

The fundraising efforts will continue on Monday night at the girls soccer game.

A big event like that deserves great photos, so here's a slideshow of the best images from Friday's Friends of Jeff ALS fundraiser. Click on the big "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the slideshow for fullscreen, then click through and click through again to pick out your favorites.

To read more about Young and the fundraiser, click here.

To read about the Lakers' 34-27 win over Tualatin, click here.

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