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Cancer patients and their families can celebrate their journeys at Ride for a Reason at the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo at The Expo on Friday, May 31. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.

Ride for a Reason aims to celebrate people who have survived cancer, inspire those recently diagnosed, support families dealing with the disease, and help educate the community.

Complimentary rodeo tickets for cancer survivors and patients are available at Asante Cancer Services at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

Friends and family can get advance tickets online at Advance tickets for the Friday events cost $16 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Reserved seats cost $19 and $11. Tickets will be available at the door for $19 and $8. Call 541-789-4263 for information.

For information about cancer services at Rogue Regional, see

A retired Medford cardiologist who now promotes family conversations about end-of-life care has been honored for his work.

Dr. John Forsyth is one of two Southern Oregonians honored in the "I Am Oregon" campaign, a Meyer Memorial Trust program recognizing problem-solvers across the state.

Forsyth was nominated for his devotion to patient care as a cardiologist, his program development to provide volunteer doctors and specialists at safety-net health clinics, and his leadership since retirement in the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance. He also works to promote critical conversations about end-of-life care among families through Choosing Options, Honoring Options, or COHO.

The other Southern Oregonian honored is Sean Bowden, a Roseburg teen who volunteers at Mercy Medical Center, raising money for the hospital's day camp, and who helped create Roseburg High School's drug prevention team.

Eleven honored volunteers, including Forsyth and Bowden, each received a $100 gift card and rain jacket from Columbia Sportswear and a trip to the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, D.C., this June, promoters said.

"I Am Oregon" was launched by Meyer Memorial Trust to kick off Oregon Unlimited, a new online network tool designed to help Oregonians share ideas and resources, and connect to take action for the public good.

Compiled from staff reports

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