help for The long haul


‘On Tuesday evening, Sept. 22, I hosted an hour-long dance fitness class at the park in Cannon Beach,” Yasemin Archer wrote. A photo of the class is shown. “The event was a fundraiser to raise money for two local boys, Isair Mejia-Leon (6) and Taylen Burden (2) who have recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

Isair, pictured inset, bottom, lives with his family in Seaside. A trip to the local hospital for a stomach bug turned into an ambulance ride to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and a diagnosis of leukemia. He will probably need chemotherapy in Portland for three years, and there will be a lot of commuting.

Taylen, pictured inset, top, who lives in Wheeler, passed out at home in August. He was rushed to a nearby Urgent Care, then to Providence Seaside Hospital, which rushed him to Doernbecher’s. After receiving several transfusions, the diagnosis was given: leukemia. Like Isair, he needs three years of chemotherapy in Portland, and his family will need some extra help financially, as well, during this difficult time.

Want to help Isair? Donate online at or to an account set up in his name at Wells Fargo. Donations for “Tough Taylen” may be made online at or to an account in his name at U.S. Bank.

“Tuesday night was quite a success,” Yasemin wrote. A whopping $1,500 was raised, but more is needed for the long haul both families are facing. Can you help?

— Elleda Wilson

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