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West Linn's Leah Olson runs Portland Marathon in honor of her father, Marc, who was diagnosed with ALS in February

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: LEAH OLSON - Leah Olson ran the Portland Marathon to raise money and awareness for ALS in honor of her dad, Marc, a marathon runner who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.Over $40,000 and 26.2 miles. Leah Olson of West Linn ran that distance in the Portland Marathon Oct. 6, while she and her family raised that amount for the ALS Foundation.

The foundation is a nonprofit that funds innovative research for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease) and supports individuals living with ALS.

Olson decided to run the Portland Marathon after her dad, who himself has run 35 marathons, was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year.

The Olson Family also participated in the ALS Foundation's Walk to Defeat ALS in Portland Sept. 29.

Olson initially set the fundraising goal at $26,000, representing the 26 miles she would run in the marathon, but with donations pouring in, the family set a higher fundraising bar, which they subsequently achieved and raised again. COURTESY PHOTO: LEAH OLSON - The Olson family participated in the Walk To Defeat ALS Sept. 29 to raise money for the ALS Foundation, which funds ALS research and supports families affected by ALS.


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