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Chemeketa student fights rare cancer

Richard Feredinos, president Chemeketa club Campus Ambassadors, is battling a high-grade skin sarcoma.

Richard Feredinos, president Chemeketa club Campus Ambassadors, is battling a high-grade skin sarcoma.

By Joshua Wood- Photo by Joshua Wood

Richard Feredinos, the head of the Chemeketa club Campus Ambassadors, was diagnosed with a highgrade sarcoma skin cancer in December.

“I have one of the rarest forms of cancer known to man,” he said. “One tenth of one percent have that type of cancer and there is no chemotherapy for it.”

This type of cancer can be fatal, he said. But Feredinos said he intended to fight the cancer vigorously.

“My plan is to find all of the cutting-edge cancer therapies that are proven to work and get access to them. The idea is to find the best of every cancer treatment that we have and apply it so we create a synergistic effect,” he said.

Students have pitched in to help Feredinos raise money to pay for treatment.

Student Andy Southward organized a fund-raising basketball tournament at Salem First Baptist Church.

The basketball tournament was “for a good cause – helping someone get the treatment they need for cancer,” Southward said.

It was “also to show their love and support for those who are in the tournament.”

Feredinos started the first stage of his treatment with virus therapy on April 7. He will continue the treatment for 20 weeks.

Feredinos has set up a Go Fund Me account to help pay for treatment expenses.

Contributions can be made at www.gofundme.com/mxutgw

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