Banks family raising money for ill teacher

Dance, walk or run to help educator Terry Kiefer fight cancer

The family of Banks School District teacher Terry Kiefer is hosting several events this week to raise money for cancer treatment and is seeking community participation, donations and volunteers.

Kiefer, a PE teacher for 33 years, was diagnosed on June 4 with a rare neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas and liver. The funds raised will go toward his treatment.

The family is inviting community members to attend a series of benefit events, including a swing dance, a fitness fair and a five- or 10-kilometer walk or run. The entry fee for all events is $5 per person or $15 for families, but additional donations are welcome.

The dance takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Banks Elementary. The run will kick off Saturday at Hagg Lake with walkers starting at 8 a.m. and runners beginning at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee includes a t-shirt and lunch.

The fitness fair begins Saturday in the Banks High School football field and gymnasium from noon to 5 p.m. and includes a barbeque and several field day events such as races, exercises and an obstacle course.

For questions, suggestions, donations or volunteers, contact Sarah Jones at 503-449-0043 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Kiefer at 971-506-7458. For those who cannot attend, monetary donations or well-wishes can be made directly at or, but above all, the family asks for moral support and prayers to aid in Terry Keifer's recovery.