Tenth-annual walk/run honors founder, supports research -

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if there was no cancer in the world?” Photo Credit: PHOTO BY DICK TRTEK - Participating in the SHOC walk for the first time were Terri Sasse, left, her sister, Melanie Sadler, an ovarian cancer survivor, Sadlers daughter, Jessica Traffas and her son, Miles Traffas, 2. Milwaukie resident Patty Engelstad asked the crowd gathered at Team Latus Motors Harley-Davidson in Gladstone for last Saturday’s 10th annual Sherie Hildreth Ovarian Cancer Foundation walk/run.

Engelstad, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly 17 years ago, has all 10 T-shirts from previous SHOC events, she said, adding, “I have had chemo, radiation and surgeries, and I thank my lucky stars that I am still here. Keep believing; to all those lost too soon, we are going to continue to look for a cure”

Photo Credit: DICK TRTEK - Runners head out through the official arch, as they begin the SHOC walk/run through the streets of Gladstone.Engelstad was the final speaker to address the hundreds of participants, mostly wearing SHOC’s signature white-and-teal T-shirts.

Earlier Bruce Hildreth, the president and executive director of the SHOC Foundation, welcomed attendees and introduced guest speakers from both Oregon Health & Science University and Compass Oncology, two organizations that benefit from the proceeds of the foundation’s events.

Dr. Scott Rushing, from Compass Oncology, called the walk/race a wonderful tribute to Sherie Hildreth, Bruce Hildreth’s wife and a longtime teacher at Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October of 2004, and the first walk/run took place in August of 2005; she died in 2009, but her family and friends have vowed to keep the event going until a cure is found.

Before he released the crowd to begin the walk/run, Bruce Hildreth called 25 ovarian cancer survivors, clad in teal T-shirts, to the stage for a round of applause. Then Hildreth joined the Rose City Rollers on a motorcycle and the event got off to a roaring start.

The SHOC Foundation is a 100 percent volunteer organization. To donate money to support ovarian cancer research send checks to SHOC, P.O. Box 327, Gladstone, OR 97027 or visit and click on Get Involved and scroll down to Donate Funds.

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