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'CAN Cancer' program marks five years

BEND, Ore. - This year marks the 5th anniversary for CAN Cancer.  Donations by our communities have raised over $99,000 and helped 466 local Central Oregon families.  The demand for assistance continues to increase and more help is needed.

CAN Cancer provides financial assistance to help cover non-medical living expenses for Central Oregonians fighting all forms of cancer.  Funds raised have helped local families with their utilities, gas cards, rent assistance, hotel stays and grocery cards. 100% of the money stays local and 100% of the funds raised goes to the patient.

This spring, the garbage haulers will mail out a CAN Cancer envelope in their billing statements asking their customers to help pitch-in with a donation.

The group of Central Oregon Garbage Haulers includes: Bend Garbage & Recycling, Cascade Disposal, High Country Disposal, Prineville Disposal, Madras Sanitary Service and Wilderness Garbage

"Our communities have been so supportive ranging from our customer donations to community events that raise money for CAN Cancer," Stu Martinez, Manager, Wilderness Garbage.  "If everyone who receives an envelope can donate even one dollar, we can help our neighbors in need stay strong."


CAN Cancer is relying on the Central Oregon community and the Central Oregon Haulers' customers to ‘Pitch- In'.  Without their donations, there will be no money to help.

Customers can watch for their CAN Cancer envelope starting end of March through April in their garbage billing statement.  Or donate online at  Donations to CAN Cancer are tax deductible.

About CAN cancer                                                                                                            

CAN Cancer is a local appeal to provide community assistance for families fighting cancer.  CAN Cancer was founded by the Martinez family, owners of Wilderness Garbage, in cooperation with Bend Garbage & Recycling, Cascade Disposal, High Country Disposal, Prineville Disposal and Madras Sanitary Service. All money donated will be used to help Central Oregon families cover non-medical expenses. To donate or learn more about the program, visit, WATCH CAN CANCER'S VIDEO HERE

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