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updated: 5/6/2013 4:26 PM

Barrington Tag Days collects record amount for ALS research

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Nearly 150 volunteers in and around Barrington collected a record $17,270 during the Les Turner Foundation's Tag Days drive Friday and Saturday.

This year's effort surpassed last year's local collection of $16,500 to support medical research, patient services and educational activities related to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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The event was done in honor of 47-year-old Paul Launer of Barrington -- an athlete diagnosed with ALS in June 2011 who now has limited use of his hands, legs and speech.

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