Miss Oregon Teen Cooks for Cancer

Alexandra Perry with her mom and grandma

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis teen cooked up some food on Monday morning as part of her mission to help cancer patients.

Miss Oregon Teen, Alexandra Perry, 16, started the Cook for Cancer organization when she was 12 years old. Since then, she has raised around $15,000 to make sure cancer patients and their families have meals during their treatments. On Monday, she, her mother, and her grandparents spent the morning cooking at Dream Dinners for 15 families.

Instead of asking for birthday presents on her twelfth birthday, she asked for money so she could make meals for cancer patients, something that hits home for her. Perry says when she was in second grade, her mom was treated for breast cancer.

“Although I was really young, the one thing that I do remember about her treatment was all of our friends and family members that would come and bring us meals,” she said. “And it just took off the pressure from my dad. He didn’t have to worry about making us dinner. It was such a blessing to our family.”

Perry says she wants to make sure other cancer patients and their families are able to have that same experience.

“I can really see the difference it makes in those families,” she said. “Some families don’t have the support system that I had, so it’s really important to them that they don’t have to worry about making dinner one night.”

If you would like to donate to the cause, checks can be sent to: Cook for Cancer, the Corvallis Clinic Foundation, 444 NW Elks Drive. Corvallis, OR 97330. More information can also be found at: www.corvallisclinicfoundation.org

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