Klamath Falls, Ore. – Two Mazama High School students are using their senior projects to benefit cancer patients in Klamath Falls.
“We’re friends here at Mazama, and she was telling me about her project, and how she was doing it with the cancer treatment center – so was I – and so our paths connected, we just kind of worked together.” Notes Abby Harvey, on her friendship with Allison Mills.
Mills organized a fundraiser at a ‘pink out’ basketball game at Mazama. “It was a breast cancer awareness event, and I also received a ton of donations during a ‘miracle minute’ during halftime of the boy’s game.”
Mills raised $2204 for the care unit at the Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center.
Abby Harvey took a different approach to providing comfort. “I ended up making 25 tied fleece blankets for the Cancer Treatment Center.”
Cancer has touched the lives of both women.
“My Grandmother had breast cancer, and then a lot of just family friends.” Notes Mills.
“My Grandpa had cancer – and so that really tied into this project as well.” Adds Harvey.
Their senior projects came with an emotional impact.
“It did.” Harvey recalls. “It really did. Especially when I went to deliver the blankets at the Cancer Treatment Center, that had a huge impact on me.”
Mills agrees. “Because of her blankets, and my donations, we were able to help all sorts of patients there.”
Both women will graduate from Mazama High School Friday.
Allison Mills plans to attend Oregon State University, studying bio-health sciences.
Abby Harvey plans to study nursing at Oregon Tech.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.