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Sandy residents come together to help Dale Rasmussen defer costs of brain cancer treatment

PMG FILE PHOTO - Dale Rasmussen (left) is general manager at Timberline Meat in Sandy and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma within the past year. Many in the Sandy area know Dale Rasmussen either from his time as the executive chef at Resort At The Mountain in Welches for 23 years or for his current work as general manager of Timberline Meat in Sandy.

Unfortunately, Rasmussen was diagnosed with glioblastoma — brain cancer — this past year, so now friends and family are working to raise funds to defer costs of his treatment.

"Dale was in exceptional health before his diagnosis and because of this, and his response to treatment thus far, he is an exceptional candidate for a new vaccine therapy to treat his glioblastoma," said Julie Frederick, a friend of the Rasmussen family. "However, out of pocket costs will be at least $50,000 per year."

To try and put a dent in that expense, Frederick and a group calling themselves Friends of Dale, will host a fundraiser at Mt. Hood Center Equestrian and Event Facility, 29450 S.E. Lariat Lane, Boring, from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16.

"We are hoping to pack the event which will be an upbeat gathering with Mexican food, music, a silent auction and big-ticket raffle items. We already have some nice trip packages," said friends Ben Kolibaba and Tony Kelner. "It is time for the community to come together and give back to Dale and Kathy."

Tickets can be purchased on the Friends of Dale Facebook event page or on the Friends of Dale website.

The group has so far raised $21,000 for Rasmussen's treatment. The goal for this event is to raise another $30,000.

People can also show support by: 

• Donating an item for our silent auction, which can be be dropped off at US Meat and Restaurant Supply in Sandy, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or contact Erika Arnold at 503-668-5082 to arrange for the pickup of an item

• Contributing to the GoFundMe at gofund.me/fb5f6085.

• Telling your friends about the effort and sharing Dale's story.


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