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Egg hunt raises almost $10,000 for SHS teacher with cancer

The annual event was held Saturday at Laurel Ridge Middle school


by: COURTESY OF DIANA SELL PHOTOGRAPHY - Briana Dannen gets a big hug from the Easter Bunny during Saturday's Egg Hunt for Hope.Sherwood’s annual Egg Hunt for Hope collected more than $9,200 for a Sherwood woman fighting breast cancer, who recently gave birth to a healthy baby girl last month.

This year’s event, which was sponsored by McCabe Real Estate Group, was held at Laurel Ridge Middle School Saturday with proceeds going to help defray medical expenses for Briana Dannen, a Sherwood High School teacher.

Dannen discovered she had an aggressive form of breast cancer in October when she was 16 weeks pregnant, beginning chemotherapy a short time later.

She gave birth to Harper June Dannen, who weighed in at 5 pounds, 6 ounces, at St. Vincent Medical Center on March 10.

Not only was the $9,200 collected from donations from those searching for more than 20,000 eggs but Fat Milo’s Family Kitchen donated at check for $955 to Dannen, proceeds from a community dinner previously held at the restaurant.

Along with a online gofundme account, which is almost up to $26,000, and at least another $5,000 collected from outside fundraising efforts, the grand total for Dannen will be more than $40,000, according to Leslie McCabe, who organized Saturday’s event.

“The event was amazing,” said McCabe, noting that representatives from the Sherwood Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue turned out for the event along with Sherwood Youth Cheer (the latter of whom created custom cheers for Dannen and the egg hunt).

by: COURTESY OF DIANA SELL PHOTOGRAPHY - Briana Dannen, right, gets a big hug from Rachel Schoening as her husband, Miles, looks on. They own Fat Milo's Family Kitchen, which donated almost $1,000 to fundraising efforts to defray Dannen's expenses.



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