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Tara McShane honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Oregon, SW Washington

Tara McShaneOregon City resident Tara McShane has been named 2020 Woman of the Year 2020 by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Oregon & SW Washington chapter. McShane is a financial representative for Country Financial and works at the company's Willamette Falls agency in Clackamas County.

Man and Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research in communities across the United States.

Candidates form fundraising teams compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the 10-week campaign are awarded Man or Woman of the Year in their community.

"Tara was nominated at the end of 2019 and jumped 'all in.' She worked hard to get as many people and sponsors on her team as she could," said Christi Houser, agency manager at Country Financial in Clackamas. "Who could have predicted what would come this year with COVID-19? I couldn't be more proud of her efforts and diligence in continuing to raise for a cause so important to her and her family."

McShane worked to raise funds in support of the organization's goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments.

McShane and the other candidates raised $282,405 in a 15-week fundraising period which began March 7 and ended June 20 with a virtual grand finale celebration. Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on fundraising success, with each dollar counting as one vote. The national titles will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the country, to be announced this summer.

"It's a true honor to be named LLS's Woman of the Year, as it's an organization so close to my heart. Hearing the words 'I have cancer' from my mother were the most heart-dropping words I will ever hear," McShane said. "I miss her laugh that filled every room. She was my rock and continues to inspire me, which is why I've been on a mission to help fund a cure for cancer. While COVID-19 hampered much of my fundraiser plans, I'm thrilled to have played such a big part in raising $282,405 this year along with my fellow candidates."

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