Fundraiser planned for sick Oregon City girl
A 5-year-old girl from Oregon City who is battling leukemia will benefit from an upcoming fundraiser.
Nearly three years ago, Rilee Turrentine was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma. Since the age of 1, she has had three surgeries on her arm, replacing her entire humerus.
Last October, following a routine checkup and blood work, Rilee was diagnosed with a secondary cancer, treatment-related acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Family members said she had a 1 percent chance of this secondary cancer occurring from one of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat her.
Now considered at high risk, she immediately began 30 days of chemotherapy and was admitted in November to Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. According to the family, doctors are hoping that a second round of chemo, currently underway, will put her in remission in order to do a necessary bone-marrow transplant, two weeks post-chemo.
Rilee's mom, Melissa Purington, is providing constant care to her daughter and can no longer work, which has put a financial burden on the family. A nonprofit oranization is planning an all-ages event to benefit the family that will include a special food menu, face-painting, games for kids, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. The event will take place 4-9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Lil' Cooperstown Bar & Grill, 19352 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.