Warrior Stronger Than Cancer

Updated January 10,2019

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The Story: “Stronger than Cancer”. Erica Kuneki, a young Native American girl currently 18 years old, is fighting Osteosarcoma, bone cancer. A few months ago when it seemed like the cancer was doing better, it jumped to soft tissue and new tumors showed up. More rounds of chemo and radiation nearly killed her, and she took a long rest from treatment. Recently, however, inflammation showed up in her bones again and she became very ill. They opted to do a weeks worth of radiation therapy. Now, As of the fourth day of radiation she started feeling quite a bit better so we are feeling hopeful again. In fact, she sounded remarkably energetic over the phone tonight, laughing at a funny movie.

Unfortunately, while at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at OHSU in Portland this week, someone broke into Elsa Spence’s car in the parking garage. The girls had just gotten there and were already stressed and accidentally left Erica’s wallet in the car. She had all her Christmas gift money in the wallet, so it was a mighty big blow emotionally.

Erica had saved up her money for a trip to New Jersey that will be provided by the Make a Wish Foundation. She wanted to be able to buy souvenirs or special treats. All of her money was taken and the wallet was left laying somewhere on hospital grounds. Someone turned it in to the security.

Elsa made this Facebook live video:

https://www.facebook.com/elsa.spence.186/videos/287729891945879/

Click image to see Elsa’s Video about the car burglary

I keep dreaming that someone with a little extra money would help sponsor this local Native American girl, whose family lived in the valley for many generations fishing on the river. While theoretically the tribe helps people in situations like this, the truth is people this far away from the reservation often slip through the cracks.

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DONATIONS: There are now several options for helping financially.

To help Erica with money for to spend when she gets her trip from The Make-A-Wish foundation, her mother set up a New GoFundMe account:

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gf.me/u/px3duc (GoFundMe)

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Also, a Facebook fundraiser was set up here to help the family:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/424422828097229/?fundraiser_source=external_url

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Or, Checks made out to Elsa Spence can be dropped off or mailed to Umpqua Bank.

“Stronger than Cancer”

Donations For Erica Kuneki

Umpqua Bank

PO Box 67

White Salmon, WA

98672

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You can contact Elsa Spence via Email: elsaspence46@gmail.com

Or send cards or checks to Elsa and and Erica:

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Elsa Spence and Erica Kuneki

PO Box 778

Bingen Wa

98605

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Or if you see them around town feel free to say hello and tell them you have been following their story on here! Maybe slip Elsa a few $$ for gas.

It takes a whole Village to raise a Child. We are asking for your help with a particular child/ young woman and her family’s needs. Be the Village 😉 😀 A huge thank you to various people who have helped in the past with donations

Erica Kuneki gets interviewed by Christine Pitawanich/KGW Channel 8 News

Christine Pitawanich/KGW and Erica Kuneki

Click on the image below to go to the original post about Erica for full updates and new photos.

Photo of Erica Kuneki at her eighth grade graduation. Click on the image to go to the original stronger than cancer post. The original post has been updated

Photo of Erica Kuneki at her eighth grade graduation. Click on the image to go to the original stronger than cancer post. The original post has been updated

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Firefighters offer Ways to Help.

“When you want to help….

In a time of crisis people naturally want to reach out and help.  We appreciate those efforts and have a few suggestions for you to consider.

Most appreciated by firefighters:

●       Thank you notes and banners

●       Donations to local recovery efforts

●       Donations to Wildland Firefighter Foundation:  http://www.wffoundation.org

Other ideas:

●       Join or support your local fire department or emergency organizations- they appreciate your generosity since they are the first responders in many cases.

●       Donate to local charitable organizations like the Red Cross.

●       Donate to local food banks, which sometimes get forgotten when fires impact a community.

●       Create and maintain a defensible space around your home!  Give emergency responders and yourself a safe area to defend your home in or retreat to, if necessary.

Note: Fire camps cannot accept food items due to health and federal contract regulations.  We feed our assigned fire crews three meals a day plus snacks.”

Information copied with slight modifications from this NWCC Blog post on Southern Oregon Fires August 24,2018

NWCC Home:

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Photo of Klondike Fire in southern Oregon. Clicking on the photo will take you to the Inciweb site, A great resource for large fire information. Clicking on the photo will take you to the Inciweb site, A great resource for large fire information.

It Takes a Village

Rotary Club of White Salmon-Bingen presents the first annual ‘It Takes A Village’ peace promotion and community awareness event on Tuesday September 11th from 3 – 7 pm at Rheingarten Park in White Salmon. This will be happening in conjunction with the Farmers Market.

We encourage you to bring your business to the Farmers Market for this date, as there will be additional draws bringing in a larger than normal crowd.

Would you like to help represent a country? We are seeking community members from diverse backgrounds to share their cultural foods, games and knowledge.

We are going to be seeking volunteers to help with setting up our tents and tables, as well as taking them down. Please let us know if you can assist.

Please contact one of the event coordinators for more details or to sign up!

Tammy Kaufman – 509-637-3340 / TamaraKaufman@gmail.com

Debi Budnick – DebiBudnick@skylinehospital.org

Tammara Tippel – 509-493-3630 / execdir@mtadamschamber.com