Benefit set to help ailing school bus driver

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The wheels on the bus have stopped — for now — for Marilyn Sams.

Sams has driven kids back and forth to class for the Milton-Freewater School District for nearly four decades and has never called in sick for work, at least while he’s been there, said Bryan Miller, transportation supervisor for the district. “It’s extreme dedication. She loved what she did.”

A few months ago, however, Sams was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and she has been unable to work, Miller said. And students who ride her bus miss her like crazy, he said. “She’s one of the special ones.”

To help with Sams’s medical expenses, a lasagna dinner will be on the menu for Saturday at McLoughlin High School, 120 S. Main St., for $6.50 per person, which includes salad, roll and dessert. The evening will also feature a silent auction.

For more information call the district office at 541-938-3551.

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