Scouts fight cancer with Relay for Life
By Ian Black
Correspondent, The Sun
Captained by 12-year-old Hunter Michaelson, Sheridan’s Scout Troop 215 will walk in the Relay For Life at Patton Middle School on June 22.
Relay For Life is a charity event hosted by The American Cancer Society in which survivors of cancer, those currently battling it, or those participating in honor of survivors or sufferers walk around a track in teams for a full 24-hour period. The event is designed to both raise awareness of cancer and to raise money for treatment and care for those afflicted with it.
Leigh Anne Michaelson, Hunter’s mother, is the event activity chairman for the McMinnville Relay For Life. Her mother is a survivor of both bone and liver cancer, making this event a personal endeavor for both her and her son.
“It means a lot, because I know that if my grandma gets cancer again that I was able to do something to help,” Hunter said.
The Michaelsons, however, are not the only members of Troop 215 touched by the specter of cancer. Last Fall, Assistant Scout Master Harry Cooley fought and won a battle against colon cancer, after having three feet of his colon removed. He is now cancer free.
Sadly, Connie Brown, mother of 17-year-old Eagle Scout Jon Brown, is currently suffering from breast cancer. Her son will be walking in her honor at the event.
The members of Troop 215 are nearly halfway to their $1,000 goal for the event, and they continue to reach out to the public for donations.
“Please donate and help out as much as you can. Everything helps.” Jon Brown said.
Leigh Anne Michaelson elaborated on just how much good the money donated could do.
“Even $100 can go a long way. $100 can pay for transport to treatment facilities, or pay for a hotel room for their caregivers. It can also go towards cancer research,” she said.
The members of Team Troop 215 are walking in the relay to honor those who are or have struggled with cancer in order to give back to the members of the troop who have given so much to them.
To make an online donation to Troop 215’s Relay team, log on to relayformac.org and donate to Team Troop 215. To give a check to the team, Hunter can be contacted directly at 503-843-9980.
PHOTO CAPTION: Hunter Michaelson, captain of the Team Troop 215 Relay for Life team, with Scout leaders Mike Higginson, left, and Harry Cooley, right. Cooley is one of the cancer survivors the team is walking in honor of at the June 22 event. To donate to the team, visit www.relayformac.org, or call 503-843-9980. (Photo by Clinton Vining)