WARRENTON - A car wash will be held Saturday to raise money for breast cancer treatment for Meg Patterson of Astoria, a local theater director and recreation advisor at the Tongue Point Jobs Corps Center.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vince Williams' Suzuki dealership, 801 S.E. Marlin Ave, at the corner of Marlin and 101, in Warrenton.

Patterson was the director of the 2007 production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the River Theatre in Astoria. She is a former manager of the River Theatre and is a former ESL teacher.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008. Since then, she has had two surgeries, each followed by a more aggressive recurrence, and she is now at Stage IV with bone metastasis. She plans to begin a three-week treatment at the Cancer Hope Center in Reno, Nev.,­ April 19.

The car wash is being organized by Candice White, of White Glove Cleaning, who met Patterson when a college friend of Patterson's looked online to give her a gift of a housecleaning last Christmas.

An online fundraiser for medical treatments that are not covered by insurance has been organized by Patterson's friends around the country at www.giveforward.org/megpatterson/

So far, the team has raised $14,639, and hopes to raise $30,000 by the end of April. There are several raffles being held with friends donating a variety of prizes like theater tickets and an apartment stay in New York City, a weekend at a historic 1700s house in Newport, R.I.; a weekend at a cottage on Torch Lake in Michigan, and a print of fine art photography.

White has recruited several high school students to wash cars Saturday. In case of rain, the car wash will be held April 17. Donations can also be made to the fund online, or at Clatsop Community Bank on Commercial Street in Astoria.


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