Bellingham high schools host fundraising concert for cancer care


BELLINGHAM - An effort to help a Squalicum High School teacher who was diagnosed with cancer has led to the creation of a fund for other teachers affected by the disease and a multischool concert Thursday, May 16.

The One Voice Concert will start at 7 p.m. in the gym at Squalicum High School, 3773 E. McLeod Road, and will feature performances from more than 300 band, choir and orchestra students.

The concert is collaboration by Squalicum, Sehome and Bellingham high schools and will include special alumni guest performances.

The event is open to the public. No tickets are necessary, but donations are suggested.

All proceeds go to the Bellingham Cancer Awareness Project, which helps Bellingham School District employees and their family members who are battling cancer and facing financial difficulty.

Those families can apply to the project for help.

The fund was created after Squalicum teacher Mark Parrish was diagnosed in March 2012 with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.

The fund will be managed by St. Luke's Foundation and the Laurendeau Foundation for Cancer Care.

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To help teachers in Bellingham School District who are battling cancer, people can donate to the Bellingham Cancer Awareness Project. Checks can be sent to: SLF/Bellingham Cancer Awareness Project, P.O. Box 5641, Bellingham, WA 98227.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at or call 756-2803.

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