The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Volunteers raise funds for kids cancer programs


Rick Nelson

District 4 firefighter Randy Hoven, standing at left, speaks at an awards program honoring volunteers who raised funds for children's cancer programs.

Community service groups and Wahkiakum High School students have raised nearly $10,000 for children's cancer programs at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

The Kiwanis Club of Cathlamet hosted the groups for an award dinner Tuesday evening.

Firefighters from Puget Island, Cathlamet, District 4 and Skamokawa departments raised $4,400 for Doernbecher, said Kiwanis President Linda Barth.

The firefighters held a boot drive at the end of January and collected donations from motorists.

In addition the high school leadership team and Key Club--a Kiwanis sponsored club for high school students--held a series of fundraising events though March and raised over $5,000.

Key Club President Charlie Ashe said final figures won't be calculated until students return to school from spring break. She added that the students had received a $1,000 donation from an individual.

Puget Island firefighters also received a check over $1,000 said department spokesman David Bashom.

Firefighters said they enjoyed the event.

"It was fun to have people supporting the cancer program," he said.

District 4 department spokesperson Randy Hoven echoed Bashom's remarks.

"It wasn't just firefighters," he said. "We brought our daughters along. It's family."


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