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Pendleton police rack up more than $4K to fight cancer

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Published on December 4, 2017 5:51PM

Pendleton police detective Howard Bowen plays Santa Clause on Friday for 2-year-old Anson Fairbank. The boy is recovering from cancer and not able to visit Santa, so Bowen and other members of the police department delivered gifts to Anson and his sister, Hailee. Pendleton police that evening raised more than $4,000 for the Anson family to help cover the cost of Anson’s ongoing treatments.

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Pendleton police detective Howard Bowen plays Santa Clause on Friday for 2-year-old Anson Fairbank. The boy is recovering from cancer and not able to visit Santa, so Bowen and other members of the police department delivered gifts to Anson and his sister, Hailee. Pendleton police that evening raised more than $4,000 for the Anson family to help cover the cost of Anson’s ongoing treatments.


PENDLETON — The Pendleton Police Department raised more than $4,000 Friday night in the fight against cancer.

Pendleton officers and staff participated in Cops for a Cause and waited tables at Hamley Steakhouse, Pendleton, to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Anson Fairbank family of Pendleton. Matt and Adrienne Fairbank have a 2-year-old son, Anson, who is recovering from leukemia and requires regular doctor visits to Portland.

Dianna Melton, police assistant, reported Friday’s effort brought in $4,102. The amount also triggered a pledge from Hamley Steakhouse employee Joe Albitre: He promised to shave his beard if police raise more than $2,000.

True to his word, Albitre had his father handle the clippers and shave off his impressive display of whiskers, and his wife posted video of the feat on her Facebook page.

Pendleton police raised another $1,800 independently of Friday night’s event, Melton also said, and Pilot Rock Officer Daniel Badal “put up an awesome effort” and raised $800 more himself.

Earlier Friday, Santa Claus (Pendleton detective Howard Bowen) joined several members of the Pendleton police staff to deliver Christmas presents to Anson and his sister, Hailee. Due to his weakened immune system, Anson cannot go out to visit Santa. The boy’s gift was a child-sized electric motorcycle, complete with police lights.

And Albitre on Monday brought in another $206 from people that donated after police left, bringing the total from the steakhouse to $4,308. Melton added Pendleton police are taking donations through December.



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