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Astoria High School students complete fundraiser for CMH

Hospital news | Thursday, November 3, 2022

Contact: Sarah Bello

Nearly $600 raised for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

Grandma Betty, Aunt Gwen and Aunt Rhonda were some of the names written on two bright pink medicine balls by Astoria High School students. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the names recognized friends and family members who have been impacted by the disease.

Students and community members completed a workout using the medicine balls October 22, raising money for the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. A check with a grand total of $580 was donated at the end of the month.

Dan Leary, owner of Northwest Athletic Performance and Astoria High School strength coach, organized the fundraiser.

“We are committed to battling this terrible disease and supporting those heroes that courageously fight it,” he says.

Mark Kujala, director of the CMH Foundation, says the fundraiser was a pleasant surprise.

“Dan and his students took the initiative to plan the event and fundraiser, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their efforts,” he says. “The donations will go specifically toward the Breast Cancer/Mammography Fund at the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative. Every donation makes a difference for our patients.”

To learn more about giving at CMH, visit columbiamemorial.org/giving.