Community helps Sandy coach with cancer

Community helps Sandy coach with cancer

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 4:20 PM

SANDY, Ore. - For twenty years, the head of the Sandy High School wrestling team has led his athletes to victory. Now he's depending on them to battle the ultimate opponent: cancer.

Coach Robert Paul went into the hospital with severe back pain when he was told of a stage four cancer diagnosis of melanoma.

Paul, a former Sandy High wrestler himself, has a tough time getting around. His family had to redo parts of their home and the community is chipping in to help.

"He's been volunteering his time for twenty years for the kids in the community and he's just had a really big impact," TCBY owner Rodney Smith said.

Smith used to wrestle with Paul and is donating some of his frozen yogurt proceeds to the cause.

And the donations are adding up.

Artist Toby Johnson donated a wood carving to be sold to help raise money.

The wooden bear sculpture went for a little more than $300 at Monday night's auction.

Add that to the $5,000 from previous events and it's adding up to more than money. For family members, it shows how much a community cares.

KGW Reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report

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