Dedicated community volunteer & young cancer survivor to be honored at Council meeting
Sept. 21, 2017 - During Thursday's City Council meeting Mayor Gary Wheeler will proclaim Friday, September 22 as Ethan Frank Day and Monday, October 1 as Jim Hutchins Day. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers located on the third floor of City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street at 6 p.m.
Ethan was one of the 2017 Doernbecher Freestyle patient designers for the uniforms worn by the University of Oregon Ducks for their game on September 9, 2017. This program raised over $17 million for OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital since its inception in 2004.
Ethan exemplifies the courage to overcome when fighting off a brain tumor in 2016. His "Overcome" slogan became part of the design and inspiration for the uniforms worn by the Ducks in their 42-35 victory over Nebraska. Ethan truly represents 'Win the day - Win the Fight" and serves as an inspiration for other youth having to overcome.
Jim Hutchins serves as the Program Manager for Oregon Stewardship, a local non-profit organization. Oregon Stewardship works with students from kindergarten through high school to instill the value of stewarding the land, water, and creatures from our beautiful state.
Jim and Oregon Stewardship members volunteer long hours to beautify our City, including a project to restore the Bear Creek riparian area. This project cleared areas of invasive vegetation and replaced them with native plants and trees. Jim volunteers hours of his time every week to manage and educate youth for the betterment of the students, the City, and our environment. October 1 marks the 25th anniversary of Oregon Stewardship and the many years of dedicated work by Jim.
In addition to Ethan and Jim's proclamations, Mayor Wheeler will also proclaim the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.