Benefit for 3-year-old with leukemia

SC Buccaneers flag football team donates car wash proceeds to leukemia victim.
SC Buccaneers flag football team donates car wash proceeds to leukemia victim.

Shady Cove takes care of its own. The community came together on June 8 with a car wash and BBQ benefit for Tristan Schoenberger, a three-year-old diagnosed with leukemia on May 24. Funds raised will be used towards medical and other expenses. Tristan receives treatment both in Portland and locally and traveling back and forth has been hard on the family. The treatments will take three years and two months, according to his grandmother.

The car wash was originally planned by the Shady Cove Buccaneers, a
youth flag football team through the Medford Parks and Recreation
Department, said Tina Layman, mother of team member Caleb. Proceeds
were to be used for the team but when the six-to-nine year old players
learned about Tristan, they decided to combine their efforts with
Tristan’s family and friends. As a result, there were many hands to
wash vehicles.    
After the carwash, a BBQ benefit and
raffle was held at Shady Cove Park in the afternoon. Both events were a
huge success raising about $3,800, according to Sheila Thompson, a
family friend. Between the car wash, BBQ, a pool tournament at Shy’s
Café and Lounge, and a Karaoke benefit at the Sportsman Bar and Grill,
the last few weeks brought in about $6,000 said LeAnn Keifer, also a
family friend.
There will be more events to help Tristan and
a bank account has also been established in his name at Washington
Mutual. Donations may be made at any branch. For more information about
events or any other questions, call Keifer at 541-944-2805.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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