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Happy medical news prompts gratitude, thanks

In February of this year, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and I want to publicly share with you the tender, loving care that was present every day. Immediately upon receiving the news, many wanted the best of care for me and mentioned going to Mexico, etc., for treatment, supposed to be the best.

I do not know how I could have received any better care then I did by staying right here at home with my family and friends to cheer me on and a staff in the cancer ward that was phenomenal. I was grateful for the honesty put forth by my physicians, Dr. Hudsen and Dr. Abar. There were many questions going into surgery, however, through Christ Jesus guiding Dr. Hudsen’s hands the final report was “You are cancer free.” It can’t get any better than that!

Thank you, each and every staff member for your professional, tender loving care.

Stella Guenther

Philomath

Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation a good friend to SafeHaven

A hearty thank you to the Corvallis Kiwanis Foundation for their generous grant of $500 to SafeHaven Humane Society. The dollars from their grant will be used to enhance the 13 programs under Humane Ed that benefit over 2500 children in Benton and Linn counties. We invite members of Sunrisers and Corvallis Noon club to visit the new shelter and see firsthand how their donation has made a difference.

Ron Thiesen

SafeHaven Humane Society

Celebrate eighth straight win for OSU racquetball team

The Oregon State University racquetball recently won their eighth straight Collegiate National Racquetball Championship in Tempe, Arizona.

The team would like to thank the Timberhill Athletic Club-TAC (Randy Huber), the Boy's & Girl's Club of Corvallis (Ken Johnson), Laughing Planet (John Huyck), RBC Wealth Management (Kelly Gallagher), and the members at TAC.

OSU racquetball, being a club sport, could not compete for national championships without community sponsors like these for financial support.

I am very proud and thankful for these 12 student/athletes (six men/six women), who play and represent their college at a national event.

They can always say "I won a National Championship for Oregon State University"!

Rob Durbin, head coach

OSU racquetball

Generosity makes Old Mill’s transportation wish come true

Thanks to the tremendous support from the Lamb Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation and Toyota of Corvallis, the Old Mill Center relief nursery now has the much-needed van for its Therapeutic Early Childhood classrooms.

The purchase of this van enables staff to provide assistance to those families who have no means of getting their children to and from the toddler or preschool therapeutic classrooms.

The purchase of this van fills a need and improves the services of Relief Nursery program. We offer our heartfelt thanks to these foundations and local business.

Thank you for helping to keep children safe and families thrive!

Cindy Bond

Kate Caldwell

Old Mill Center for Children and Families

Altrusa thankful for support of its fundraisers

The Altrusa Club of Corvallis' holiday pecan sale was a success, thanks to Seriously Sassy, The Hair Palace and Image Makers, who allowed us to sell pecans in their establishments.

Thanks as well to Carolee Woodstock of Woodstock's Pizza for supporting our Altrusa Pizza Party for many years, including our last one, held Feb 25.

And a big thanks to the many folks who bought pecans and pizza certificates! We appreciate the Benton County community, which helps us fund our service projects, including the Career Closet, scholarships, EOP, literacy activities, College Hill High School, Habitat for Humanity and Drug Court.

Tammy Skubinna

Corvallis

Volunteers provide valuable heart information to hundreds

During January and February, dozens of volunteers helped the Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute provide free heart health screenings to almost 700 people in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport.

In addition to volunteers from hospital departments and clinics across the Samaritan Health Services system, medical students from Western University and dietetics students from Oregon State University helped out at the screenings by doing heart health consultations at each event.

People in our communities look forward to these screenings each year, and we could not host these events without many volunteers. Thanks so much for all of your help!

Kim Montagne

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute

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