Employees from Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center joined forces March 11-12 for the 30th annual Oregon Cancer Ski Out. Skiers enjoyed two bluebird days and gave generously at the auction dinner to make the event a complete success.
Oregon Cancer Ski Out boasts “serious fun” to fight cancer. It combines fun, competition and fundraising with a unique racing format that lets even novice skiers and snowboarders compete for prizes as they participate in the fight against cancer.
Providence Hospice of the Gorge and Providence Willamette Falls Hospice both benefit from the ski out. Susan Frost, foundation director at Providence Hood River, coordinated the speakers for the special fundraising appeal.
Colleen Ballinger, a Providence hospice nurse with more than 32 years’ experience, has created grief support groups specifically for children and teens living in the Gorge. She explained the important role such groups play in helping youngsters understand and manage grief.
Two teens, including a seventh-grade girl whose mother died of cancer, told their personal stories and credited Providence Hospice of the Gorge with being a safe place for them to express their emotions.
Moved by Ballinger’s speech and the teens’ personal stories, the special appeal raised more than $10,000 for the Child & Teen Grief Fund at Providence Hood River Foundation.