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Ribbon Boutique lifts cancer foundation

Sometimes shopping is more than just shopping, and the opening of the Teal Ribbon Boutique in Gladstone on July 7 gives people a reason to spend money.

The boutique is the brainchild of Ashley Hildreth and Sheryl Rourke, who are both active in the Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation, founded by and named after Ashley's mother, Sherie, who died in December 2009. Ashley Hildreth is the executive administrator, and Rourke is treasurer of the SHOC Foundation; Rourke worked with Sherie Hildreth for 25 years at Kraxberger Middle School.by: PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Sheryl Rourke and Ashley Hildreth are ready to welcome shoppers to the Teal Ribbon Boutique in Gladstone; it opens July 7.

The shop will be open the first Saturday of every month, and all proceeds will go to fund ovarian cancer research at OHSU. The teal-colored ribbon is the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness, similar to the pink ribbon for breast cancer, and that is how the boutique was named, Rourke said.

Connections to SHOC

"Ashley wanted to figure out a way to get ovarian cancer survivors together and do something for them," Rourke said, so the two women came up with the idea to hold craft workshops for the survivors, with the resulting items to be sold in the boutique.

There have been three workshops so far, and the women have made coasters, battery-operated lamps, pin cushions from Ball canning jars and bookmarks, Rourke noted.

Another reason Hildreth wanted to open the boutique was to reach out to the community, more than just a couple of times a year when SHOC holds its signature events.

"We want to make ourselves more known in the community and provide a place for people who are our supporters to come and be connected with us on a regular basis," she said.

"The biggest reason is to bring exposure to the foundation and drive traffic to our headquarters," she said, adding that the SHOC house, where the boutique is located, also features a healing garden, open to all.

Items for sale at the Teal Ribbon Boutique include vintage and antique home décor items, jewelry and more. The two women said they will accept donations from people, but advised that potential donors visit the website for information about what is needed for the boutique, and then email the foundation to make an appointment.

Empowerment walk/run

Sherie Hildreth, then a sixth-grade teacher at Kraxberger Middle School, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just before the school year started in 2004, and shortly after that she founded the organization that bears her name. In August 2005, the SHOC Foundation held its first empowerment walk, raising money for ovarian cancer research. This year's walk, on Aug. 4, will mark the eighth anniversary of the event.

So far, the SHOC Foundation has donated more than $385,000 to gynecologic oncology at OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute; the goal of this year's empowerment walk is to raise $50,000.

The event on Aug. 4, begins at Team Latus Motors in Gladstone, and runners and walkers then follow either a timed 5K or 10K walk/run course along the Clackamas River and through Gladstone, or they can opt for a one-mile family fun walk.

Participants can enjoy a complimentary pancake and griddle breakfast, while being entertained by live music. As usual, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, the Rose City Hogs and the Rose City Rollers will kick off each leg of the event.

"Dr. Tanja Pejovic, who heads the gynecologic oncology research lab at OHSU, will be speaking. We want people to see who the money is going to," Hildreth said. She added that SHOC is looking for more sponsors and participants; registration materials are available online at the website.

The boutique will be open the day of the race/walk, so participants can take a break, come in and shop, Rourke and Hildreth noted.

"We're not counting on raising a ton of money at the boutique, but we do hope the shop makes us more known to the community and strengthens our connection with our current supporters," Hildreth added.

Fast Facts

The Teal Ribbon Boutique is at the SHOC Foundation Headquarters, 18575 Portland Ave., Gladstone. It will be open the first Saturday of the month, starting July 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit shocfoundation.org, click on About Us, and scroll down to Teal Ribbon Boutique for information about donations.

The Eighth Annual Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation Empowerment Day Walk, Run & Race takes place on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Team Latus Motors Harley Davidson, 870 E. Berkeley St., Gladstone.

Early registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The run, walk and race begin at 8 a.m., as does the one-mile family walk.

A free pancake and griddle breakfast is held from 8 to 11 a.m.; all donations benefit the SHOC Foundation. Regular registration fees are $30 for adults and $10 for ages 6-12, prior to July 15. All proceeds from Empowerment Day go to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

For more information, visit shocfoundation.org.

Upcoming Events

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHOC Foundation will sponsor two events, Drive out Ovarian Cancer, a golf tournament on Sept. 7, at Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City; and Teal in the Garden, a survivor tea, with food provided by Gladstone's Two Girls Catering, on Sept. 15.