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County ski area raising money to fight cancer

News Briefs, March 19

Camryn and Brooke Hanna, daughters of Mount Hood's Skibowl owner Kirk Hanna, are on a mission to raise more than $25,000 for the Children's Cancer Research Fund. During March, $1 from every lift ticket sold (up to 25,000), and $2 from every large pizza sold at the Ratskeller in Government Camp will go directly toward cancer research.

'Cancer is the number one cause of childhood deaths after accidents,' according to Camryn Hanna, Ride for Children's Cancer founder. 'Our goal is to make this an annual event where we can educate people about cancer awareness, help the children who are impacted by cancer, and raise money for the cure. Brooke, who co-founded the fundraiser with me, and I have received a commitment from Skibowl to mark March as Ride for Children's Cancer month.'

Camryn Hanna was inspired to create the fundraiser when both of her grandparents died from cancer. 'My grandparents' battle with cancer was a huge eye opener for me,' said Camryn. 'I witnessed what this terrible disease does to a person, and saw the pain and suffering that they endured. I know my grandparents would want me to help other people going through cancer, which is why I embarked on this effort. Everyone can affect change if they choose to adopt an attitude that is not focused solely on oneself.'

On March 22, the ski area will also host the Suds on the Slopes Festival and Benefit, when skiers can ride the slopes and stop by the base area to sample Northwest microbrews. There are several other events slated for that day as well. For more information, visit www.skibowl.com.

Victim Assistance Program seeks victim advocates

The Clackamas County Victim Assistance Program is seeking volunteers who are open, have the ability to care about others, have good listening skills and no criminal background.

As a volunteer Victim Advocate, volunteers become an 'informed friend' to victims of crime while assisting them through the criminal justice system. This work is accomplished by providing crisis intervention, offering emotional support, providing community referrals and informing victims of their case status and rights.

Applications are currently being accepted for the spring, 2008 training session.

All accepted applicants would receive the necessary training to prepare them for their roll as an advocate.

Applicant interviews are now being scheduled. Training begins April 15, 2008.

For more information or an application, call 503-655-8616 or stop by the Victim Assistance office at 708 Main Street in Oregon City.

Media contact is Krysti Bellmore at 503-655-8616