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Walk for the cure

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Young cancer survivor Mikey Miltenberger, center, walks in a past Relay for Life event. Mikey's mother, Brande, is the event chairwoman for the 2014 Estacada Relay for Life.Chances are you know someone or know someone who knows someone with cancer.

“Everyone I know has had someone they know,” said Brande Miltenberger, who is organizing the Relay for Life event in Estacada. “You never know when you’re going to know someone it affects. You just never know when it could be you, or someone you know, or a loved one.”

Miltenberger’s son, Mikey, was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3.

Now 10-years-old, he has been in remission for about four years.

“It’s just a great cause,” said event co-chair Sydney Cox, whose mother died of cancer.

“We’d like to be able to find a cure so people don’t have to deal with it and worry about it,” Miltenberger said of why she decided to get involved with the Estacada Relay For Life.

This year, the event begins at noon Saturday, July 19, at the Estacada High School Track, 355 N.E. Sixth Ave.

The all-night event raises money, celebrates survivors and remembers those who died of cancer.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Ryan and Melissa Law with their twin daughters Riley and Makena participated at a previous Estacada Relay for Life event.Teams walk through the night in hopes of finding a cure and raising funds toward that end.

Cancer survivors will be honored in an opening ceremony at noon Saturday, July 19.

As of July 11, 38 mostly local survivors had registered for the event.

A luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 19, to help people work through the grief of losing someone to cancer.

Illuminated decorated paper bags will light the track as people walk for a cure.

The event ends with a closing ceremony 10 a.m. Sunday, July 20.

But the event isn’t all somber.

“It’s a lot of fun, not just emotional,” Miltenberger said.

The event will also have live music, bouncy houses, a dunk tank, food, crafts and a silent auction.

The silent auction boasts such items as a basketball signed by all of the Portland Trail Blazers, an official Portland Timbers jersey, a two-night stay at a Resort at the Mountain, and more.

Miltenberger emphasized that proceeds from the Relay for Life in Estacada will go to American Cancer Society services in Clackamas County.

“All profits stay in Clackamas County,” she said.

In 2013, according to an information sheet provided by the American Cancer Society, the society provided 48 Clackamas County cancer patients with wigs, sent 35 Clackamas County children with cancer and their siblings to camp, assisted 30 Clackamas County patients with the cost of getting to and from treatment and more.

As of Friday, July 11, fifteen teams were registered for the Estacada Relay for Life, 255 participants had signed up and $14,545 had been raised.



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