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'We're Kickin' Cancer!'. Photo by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online.
'We're Kickin' Cancer!'
At least 250 people attended Kickin' Cancer's annual fundraiser this year, held in the Sublette County Ice Arena in Pinedale. The money raised goes to the assistance of Sublette County cancer victims.

Porter's House. Photo by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online.
Porter's House
Ivy Porter, the first to receive assistance from Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County to cover travel expenses to Salt Lake for her treatments, fills up a soda. She served drinks to those who came to further the Kickin' Cancer cause this year.
Kickin' Cancer biggest success yet
by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online!
June 16, 2008

Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County hosted its sixth annual fundraiser at the Pinedale Ice Arena Friday night, June 13.

Several donors speculated that this year's was the best attendance ever; event organizer and Kickin' Cancer board member Kathy Raper said 250 dinner tickets were sold.

Raper took over organizing the fundraiser in November 2007 and is anticipating implementing a few more changes next year. Her ideas include extending the event to last an entire day and providing entertainment for the children in the crowd.

The 2008 event - which included dancing, dinner, a raffle, auction and silent auction - grossed between $115,000 and $120,000, Raper said. These funds will go to local "cancer patients undergoing treatment by helping to defray the costs of travel, food and lodging which come from living in a rural location far from treatment centers," according to the foundation's website,

Since Kickin' Cancer's induction in 2003, 42 Sublette County families have received assistance for costs of traveling and cancer treatment. More than $300,000 has been paid out by the foundation in the last six years.

"When you start thinking about all the people you know in Sublette County who have cancer, we've helped most of them," Raper said. "And I have two new applications right here."

Photos and story by Casey Dean

Hey Bidder, Bidder!. Photo by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online.
Hey Bidder, Bidder!
Gary Lankford, leukemia survivor, and Kelly Mitchell play Vanna White for the auction, displaying all items donated by local businesses and individuals for the fundraiser.

YMCA!. Photo by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online.
The band not only lead the kids on the dance floor in 'YMCA,' but also got everyone in their seats to join in.

Sitting Guard. Photo by Casey Dean, Pinedale Online.
Sitting Guard
Martin Morss and Leo Schueler guard the CANAM Outlander XT 500 four-wheeler and 2008 Ski-Doo Summit Everest 800, which Art and Jean Harris of Wamsutter later won in the raffle.

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