Debbie Pedro, executive director of the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce said she heard at the Rotary meeting around $15,000 was raised during the recent benefit held for Brian Schaffeld.

Schaffeld, a senior at Hermiston High School, has been undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"Isn't our community wonderful," Pedro exclaimed. "Our community comes together - that's one thing about Hermiston that we're really fortunate to live here. Everyone really cares about each other."

Pedro said donations are still coming in and the family is extremely appreciate of the support.

Hank and Pam Schaffeld, Brian's parents, said they were humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by the community.

Melissa Benson said Pam Schaffeld is one of the most generous people she knows, so it's understandable why the community would rally in support of her family's needs.

"She would do things for people without them even knowing it," Benson said.

Bob and Dee Lorence and their family also attended the benefit.

"We know the Schaffelds and wanted to come out to show support for the family," Dee Lorence said.

Brian Schaffeld, sporting a Spiderman emblazoned beanie and jacket, arrived late for the benefit held on his behalf. After a recent round of chemo he was feeling somewhat weak, but he smiled from ear-to-ear at the true super heroes - the community of Hermiston, who came out on his behalf.

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