Two Clackamas County residents recently found out they have cancer and they and their families need help as they fight this deadly disease.

Jeremy Karp was told last week that he has small cell carcinoma and has only three or four weeks to live. If he tries chemo, he might possibly live for a year.

He and his wife, April, grew up in Gladstone and were high school sweethearts. They have two children, AnnMarie, a second grader, and Jayce, a first grader. Both attend John Wetten Elementary School in Gladstone.

Donations can be made to the Karp Fund by visiting Oregon Pioneer Federal Credit Union, 17884 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. It is also possible to use bill pay by selecting a payment to Oregon Pioneer Federal Credit Union and in the memo section mention Karp Fund. Call the credit union, 503-833-1540.

In mid-April, Clackamas resident Kelley Maher, a 2004 Rex Putnam High School graduate, learned she had a brain tumor. On April 27, after she was recuperating from having surgery to remover the tumor, her family was told the tumor was malignant.

On April 30, Maher's family found out that the cancer has spread to her spine.

She has a long road to recovery ahead, but unfortunately the young woman has no medical coverage. Her mother, Jeri Maher, has set up an account for Kelley at Advantis Credit Union under Jeri Maher's name for donations.

More information is available on Kelley's website,, and people may also donate online by visiting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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