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Tony and Laurie Neal met four years ago through Relay for Life. - Photo by Sean Janssen
Tony and Laurie Neal met four years ago through Relay for Life.
— image credit: Photo by Sean Janssen

The two of them look as healthy as can be.

He should. Tony Neal has to be healthy to run 50 miles in 24 hours every year.

She is more of a surprise. Laurie Neal was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer just more than four years ago.

Today, they are the driving force behind the success of Relay for Life of Central Kitsap. Laurie is chairman of the organization, while her husband Tony is team recruitment chairman. Together, they saw the event reach the $100,000 mark for the first time last year. The money goes to the American Cancer Society (ACS) for research. Tony said the total this year will be near $200,000.

The 24 hour event begins at noon today at Bremerton Memorial track at Bremerton High School. Fifty-three teams are expected to participate.

Tony is from all appearances, a man with unbridled energy. He said if the event reaches that total, “we can get a half a million next year.”

As the Neals stand at the Bremerton Memorial Stadium track, their dog, Indiana, runs off along the horizon back time and time again, greeting walkers and passers-by along the way. It is no

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