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Yakima Relay for Life raises more than $165,000

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YAKIMA--Yakima's 25th Relay for Life is in the books.

Everyone involved says it was a huge success as the community raised more than $165,000.

That total does not include matching gifts and any other money that trickles in over before the August 31 deadline.

All that money will go to the American Cancer Society and help cancer patients like eight-year-old Joshua Korevaar-Dorsey.

"I had neuroblastoma when I was two months old," Korevaar-Dorsey said.  "I had a tumor in my stomach and I had to go through six weeks of chemotherapy."

"He was very gray," his mom, Debbie Korevaar, said.  "[Chemotherapy] made him really sick, we had to fortify his milk with rice cereal."

That was back in 2002.  Now Joshua's been cancer-free for eight years.  His mom says that probably wouldn't be the case without fundraisers like the Relay for Life.