by: SUBMITTED - Fourth-grade teacher Kim Buzan appreciates the support from Bilquist Elementary School students putting up pink ribbons.More than 400 students at Bilquist Elementary School honored one of their teacher’s fight against advanced-stage breast cancer by going out in the rain last week and tying pink ribbons on the fence in front of the school along Webster Road.

News of fourth-grade teacher Kim Buzan’s diagnosis rocked the small Oak Grove school community three weeks ago. Buzan has worked at Bilquist for 23 years, grew up in Milwaukie and still lives with her family in the North Clackamas School District, where her children attended school.

The student council also planned a Pink and White Dress Up Day as a way for the student body to show their support.

“The love and compassion of these kiddos was absolutely overwhelming,” said third-grade teacher Jen Oleson.

Buzan hopes to return from medical leave soon after completing her chemotherapy treatments. Students’ awareness efforts, she said, could become a way for people to honor their own family members who have or are dealing with this disease.

by: SUBMITTED - Mrs. Buzan“Sadly, it touches most families at some point,” Buzan said. “It is a wonderful community, including the staff, the students and the parents.”

Oleson also hopes the Cancer Awareness Day ultimately provided a way for the students to show their support for anyone affected by the disease.

The school invites members of the community to come by and tie a ribbon on the fence in honor of people in their lives who have struggled with cancer.

“It would be awesome to see that pink streak continue all the way down the fence,” Oleson said.

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