Volunteers prepare to camp for a cure
Summer in the Pacific Northwest means kayaking, hiking and camping. Sandyites like Lisa Martinez prefer to camp for a cause — a cure for cancer.
Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and running through the weekend, Martinez and her Relay for Life of the Mt. Hood Territory crew will host their annual Camping for a Cure event at the site formerly known as Roslyn Lake, 41401 S.E. Thomas Road, near Sandy.
"This event is so much different than other events because it's a two-night campout," Martinez said. "It's super fun. We celebrate cancer survivors, and we get to have a campfire."
Martinez is a 16-year cancer survivor herself, and she started out as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society eight years ago. Now she is a paid community development manager, assisting volunteers throughout Clackamas County with media relations and event preparation.
One night, the campers will commemorate those who have either passed or survived after battling cancer with luminaries.
"That's a super amazing and emotional part of the relay," Martinez explained.
Friday night will include music, refreshments and the chance for the 21 and older crowd to purchase adult beverages. Throughout the day on Saturday, members of Tracker's Earth will lead kid-friendly activities, and there will be food, music and a silent auction.
Campsites are limited and vary in price from $20-$40 for a two-night stay. Checkout is noon on Sunday. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
"If you're a family that wants to camp for a few days, it's a great deal and a great cause," Martinez said.
For more information about the event, visit www.facebook.com/events/176486482915234/.
Tickets are available online and registration is open until the day of the event.