Cancer survivor boosts effort for special Lake Oswego event on July 13

There was no stauncher supporter of the fight against cancer than Mike Hasson.

Ever since his sister Jani died of breast cancer in 1995, Hasson and his Lake Oswego real estate company have contributed strongly to cancer organizations, financially, physically and morally. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mike Hasson is shown walking with Lynae Forbes and his daughter, Jenna, at the 2012 Relay for Life event in Lake Oswego. This year he will not only be walking but speaking.

Then Hasson was stricken with cancer himself two and a half years ago.

“My diagnosis and treatment brought cancer even more to the forefront in my life,” Hasson said. “I want to send that message with my own experience.

“Before I got cancer, I said the same things. Now I actually know it and feel it.”

It is not as if Hasson was slacking off before. Ever since he founded Hasson Realty 30 years ago, support for cancer organizations was part of both his personal and professional experience. Cancer has had a drastic effect on Hasson’s staff, and his people have fought back. For the past six years Hasson has been active in Relay for Life.

“Last year we raised $2,000 as a company and 16 of our agents participated,” Hasson said. “For 2013 we have already raised $1,000 and we will have 25 agents participating.”

Eight months ago cancer struck close to home when Hasson’s managing broker, Bill Berger, was diagnosed with cancer. It happened soon after Hasson and Berger had walked 20 miles in the 2012 Relay for Life. Berger is now reported to be in improved condition.

Mike Hasson “As a company, we’ve been touched in a lot of ways,” Hasson said. “On a professional level we’ve seen it up close and personal. This is something that has galvanized our troops. Relay for Life helps foster connectivity at our company. Everyone who works here has found it to be very beneficial.”

Hasson is making one more contribution to the 2013 Relay for Life. He will be one of the guest speakers at Lake Oswego’s Relay for Life survivor dinner on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. during the relay. Now in remission for a year, Hasson looks fit enough to go out and run a marathon.

“It’s really important to be physically active and fit,” Hasson said. “That is the best way to stay healthy. But unforeseen things happen. This event gives you the mental and physical ability to deal with cancer.”

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