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The sun decided to grace us with its presence on Sunday—not for long—but long enough for 3,700 walkers and runners to complete the 3.1 mile loop around downtown Bend during the Heaven Can Wait 5k. The Vantage Team, made up of Monica Morey, Dacotah Lange, Jessica Dixon, Sarah Leigh, Megan Shelfer, and Tannus, Hayden, and Campbell Quatre, enjoyed the stroll and can’t wait to come out in support next year!

The event, in its 13th year, has raised more than $900,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This year, over 400 cancer survivors joined the walk, while hundreds walked in honor or remembrance of loved ones who’ve battled cancer. Even though the walk raised money for breast cancer research specifically, it was clear that the message was about cancer awareness, no matter the type. I walked in remembrance of my mother in law, who passed away after battling lung cancer 10 years ago.

The girls of the Vantage run prepare for the starting line.

Vantage is working on planning more community events in the future. Know of one we should be involved in? Contact Sarah with details!