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Inaugural Jacob Stoneking benefit for Candlelighters to be held March 13

The inaugural Jacob Stoneking benefit for Candlelighters for Children With Cancer will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 13 at Miramont Pointe, a senior living community in Clackamas. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jake Stoneking was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer when he was 14. Now 19, he wants to help other children with cancer. A benefit dinner will be held March 13 for Candlelighters for Children With Cancer.

Known to friends and family as Jake, Stoneking and his parents, Todd and Wendy Stoneking, live in West Linn. At age 14, just prior to starting at West Linn High School, Stoneking experienced blurry vision and repeated extreme headaches. After checking for possible vision or migraine issues he ended up in the emergency room having a CAT scan. He was diagnosed with high-risk medulloblastoma, a terminal form of brain cancer.

Now at age 19, after undergoing surgery and treatment, Stoneking’s sole wish is to help other children fighting cancer by supporting Candlelighters, an organization that brought great comfort and support to him and his family. The public is invited to attend the benefit dinner and party and donate gift cards for Candlelighters Emergency Fund from Jake’s Top Ten List of Favorite Places, or their own, for use by children with cancer and their families. The list includes Subway, Red Robin, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, Baskin & Robbins, Dutch Brothers, Walmart, Fisher’s Marine and Outdoor, Sportman’s Warehouse and Chevron gasoline stations. Donations can be made online at 4kidswithcancer.org or at the event.

The menu for the celebration includes Stoneking’s favorite foods such as barbecued pork, baked beans, Spanish rice, chocolate-covered strawberries and a root beer float bar.

Entertainment will include country music, line dancing and boot scooting, arcade games and more.

Candlelighters for Children with Cancer is a nonprofit organization established in Oregon in 1977. The organization’s mission to the community and to the families affected by childhood cancer covers four essential areas: support, education, advocacy and hope.

To reserve a seat at the benefit call 503-698-1600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 10.

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