On a sunny day last September, 278 sailors set sail on the Columbia River to raise money for Providence Cancer Center. Although the wind was initially light, it came up just enough to allow boats to slip quietly through the water. Laughter echoed across the river as attendees sailed amongst each other to read the names of each vessel—the answers to a game played during this annual charity event presented by Oregon Women’s Sailing Association (OWSA).
After enjoying the beautiful fall afternoon, sailors returned to Columbia Edgewater Country Club for a Mardi Gras-themed reception. Breast cancer survivor and speaker, Heidi Marble, shared her journey to health and emceed the event.
OWSA donated over $7,000 to Providence, and thanks to a matching grant, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust doubled OWSA’s donation. The funds will support securing instrumentation that will create an optimal radiation research platform in which to develop, test and optimize combination radiation and immunotherapy strategies. This research can then be directly translated into clinical protocols for patients with diagnoses including breast cancer, prostate cancer, melanoma and other cancers, where it has the potential to impact survival rates for the 40% of Americans who will get cancer in their lifetimes.