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A major Southeast Portland nonprofit again benefits by a 30-mile walk across the city on June 20th

DAVID F. ASHTON - Their dawn-to-dusk trek around Portland completed, and still drying out from the morning showers theyd slogged through, Tatyana and Richard Sundvall caught their breaths at sunset on the bluff overlooking Oaks Bottom. What started in 2015 as an exercise challenge for Richard and Tatyana Sundvall, has turned into an annual hike around Portland on the "Summer Solstice" – the first day of summer. This was its sixth year, and the first day of summer was the sprinkly June 20.

Stepping off at sunrise – 5:22 a.m. – in Irving Park, the Sundvalls again this year ended their trek at sunset – 9:03 p.m. – in Sellwood Park.

What made it different this year? "Well, from our start until about noon, Tatyana and our supporters walking with us got soaked by passing rainstorms," Richard said wryly. "And, it was more difficult than we'd thought it would be to find open bathrooms along the way," he told THE BEE, as friends broke out the champagne to celebrate the completion of another successful hike and fundraiser.

From the start, the Sundvalls dedicated their fitness challenge to building awareness of, and raising funds for, the nonprofit "Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families", on S.E. 52nd Avenue, just south of Foster Road, in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Offering the traditional sip of champagne to all involved in their marathon walk around Portland on June 20, Richard Sundvall pours while Tatyana Sundvall passes around flutes of celebratory bubbly. "From the first year, we've called it our 'Dawn to Dusk Walk for The Dougy Center', encouraging people to pledge money to help this great organization," Tatyana pointed out. "The loss of someone you love is truly one of the longest days of anyone's life; so our 'Dawn to Dusk' walk – on the longest day of the year – is also symbolic those grieving a death. We do this to support Dougy Center programs for grieving children and families."

As the couple and friends wrapped up their sixth annual 30-mile walk around Portland, Richard said they'd hoped to raise $10,000 for the Dougy Center programs to help grieving children and teens, including families affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus; the final count of the money raised, however, was not yet available.

To learn more about The Dougy Center, go online – www.dougy.org


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