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Letter to the Editor: Support Owen

— To the editor:

Our 12-year-old daughter has a benign bone tumor (osteochondroma) that most likely will never turn malignant, but the constant required monitoring of it is enough to remind us that the direction of her life could change any day. When things are going well, it’s easy for us to forget that life-altering events can even happen at all.

Then there’s Owen, a local 14-year-old boy who has osteosarcoma, a type of aggressive bone cancer that mostly targets teens going through a growth-spurt boys more than girls.

There is an upcoming benefit to help Owen and his family with the expenses they are incurring. On Saturday, Dec. 7, at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, blues legend The Lloyd Jones Struggle is playing from 8-11 p.m.

There is a suggested donation of $20. Anyone who likes blues or just loves great music is guaranteed an excellent time. A silent auction will be happening as well, with goods and services generously donated from local businesses.

I do not know Owen, but this boy’s story hits close to home for me, reminding me that on any given day our lives can turn on a dime. Please join me Dec. 7 for a night out with good beer, great music and a cause no better than giving to the healthy future of our youth.

Tracy Linebarger

The Dalles

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