It might seem like an odd pairing: gophers and blood cancer.

But on Saturday, Sept. 21, a massive fundraising event takes place in Gresham to support Gresham High School while also raising money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Dubbed "Drive 4 Ur School, Eat 4 a Cure," the event features Sadie Floyd, a Portland native, leukemia survivor and Division 6 top dragster driver. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gresham Ford, 1999 E. Powell Blvd., in Gresham.

Every fall and spring, Ford Motor Company holds its Drive 4 Ur School fundraisers, donating $20 per test drive, for a total of up to $6,000, to participating schools.

This year, to help honor the 25th anniversary of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program, Gresham Ford is dovetailing the fall fundraiser with a benefit for the cancer-fighting organization timed for the month of September, which is blood cancer awareness month.

Floyd, who survived leukemia, will have her dragster at the event and is raffling off a day at the races next year to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A Vespa, complete with helmet, also is being raffled off. Tickets are $10 each or $100 for 11, but they are going fast. To buy some visit or

The dealership will donate $20 per test drive, up to $6,000, to the high school's spirit club.

Food and drink from the award-winning Best Burger & BBQ, Origins Coffee & Teahouse (formerly known as Coffee's On) and Bella Cupcake will be on hand, with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Other sponsors for the family friendly event include Dovetail Construction, JW Underground, Gresham Sanitary Service, All About Automotive, Skyland Pub, Axis Design, Terri Lynn & Al Link of Competition Paint and The Tails of Abbygail, Pepsi, Riverview Community Bank and Vespa of Milwaukie.

Tam Driscoll, an event organizer and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser who works for the city of Gresham, said by joining forces, all of those involved are pitching in to help each other in addition to their own cause.

"By teaming up and having one event, hopefully it is even bigger and better than what we could have achieved separately," she said.

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