Share the Love makes lasting impact on community
By Clay Sperl, Share the Love coordinator
One of the most anticipated events by the community is a three-week fundraiser called Share The Love. This fundraiser started with a bullhorn and a teacher with an ambitious goal.
Share the Love is now a nonprofit organization that raises money for families in need throughout the community of Molalla. It has evolved into a three-week fundraiser with many different events for people of all ages.
In 2019, with the generous support of the community, Share the Love raised $91,412 for the Eatherton, Wakefield, Burroughs, and Hall families. Each family was struggling with their own unique hardships. In order to be selected, each family filled out an application expressing their situation. These applications are currently available here and at the high school's main office for the 2020 Share the Love fundraiser. They are due by Dec. 2, 2019.
The Burroughs Family
A beloved community member, Deanna Burroughs was diagnosed in April 2018 with metastatic breast cancer, along with brain tumors, bone cancer, and cancerous liver spots. After struggling through chemotherapy and infection for the summer, Deanna was transported to a rehab facility where she remained until mid-October.
Deanna's husband, Jake Burroughs, was unable to work because of Deanna's complications. This led to financial struggles while trying to pay medical bills and support three children with no income.
With help from Share the Love, the Burroughs have been able to pay for various expenses.
"With this financial support, it allowed us room to breathe and live," said Deanna Burroughs.
Jollene Hall was a longtime staff member in the Molalla River School District. She retired from Molalla High School in June 2018 and started a new teaching job at her dream location in
Florence, Oregon. She had been on the job for less than a month when on her 59th birthday, devastation struck; Jollene was diagnosed with liver failure caused by a blocked bile duct.
Emergency surgery was scheduled to unblock the liver; sadly they also found a malignant tumor in her pancreas.
Hall was very grateful for the help and support from her community through the blessings of Share the Love. The money raised in 2019 allowed for the purchase of a scooter to help Jollene be more mobile. The funds also helped the family pay for 24-hour care in her last few weeks.
Her friends and family would like to thank the Molalla community for their continued blessings and support, as she will be greatly missed.
Molalla High School student Shayla Eatherton was involved in an ATV accident in August 2018, fracturing her back in several places. Eatherton endured surgery to place rods and screws into her back.
She had barely been home a day when her house began to burn down, only making it out with the help of a friend.
The Eathertons have been able to recover from the fire as well as pay for some medical bills from Shayla's accident. The Eathertons are grateful for the support from the community.
On Oct. 18, 2017, Ana Wakefield was on her way to basketball practice at Multnomah
University, when she was hit by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Wakefield was transported to Oregon Health & Science University, where she received multiple brain surgeries and spent months fighting for her life.
Thankfully, Wakefield began to recover, but her medical needs have been extensive. Dave Wakefield, her father, was forced to take a year off from his job as a teacher and athletic director to care for his daughter.
Wakefield recently finished a full week of "boot camp" at Northwest Functional Neurology. Grateful, she was given more ideas and techniques to help and assist during her recovery.
Wakefield has been able to recover enough to return to school full time; however, sadly Ana lost all of her scholarships, both academic and athletic.
"Share the Love has been a blessing to our family, both emotionally and financially," said Dave Wakefield. "The extra money received has helped in paying for additional therapies and work that is still being done on Ana's ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit)."
Share the Love is an annual event that has been helping families in need since 2001.
Applications have been released and are available at Molalla High School's main office or on the Molalla High School website. We encourage all to apply, for our town is ready to share the love.
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