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Winners all around at Friday's Jam the Dam

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Beaverton celebrates 5-year-old Elijah Maurer of Hillsboro


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hillsboro's Elijah Maurer (center) hangs out with Beaverton varsity basketball players Drew Roper (left) and Hunter Sweet prior to the Beavers runaway win over Glencoe on Jam the Dam night at Beaverton High School on Friday.There were a lot of winners and a lot of smiles in the Beaverton High School gymnasium on Friday night.

Some of those winners were obvious — the Beaver boys basketball team roasted Glencoe 71-36 and have now moved into a first-place tie in the Metro League — and some others were less so.

In this case, one of those other winners — and maybe the owner of the night’s biggest smile — was 5-year-old Elijah Maurer of Hillsboro, a special guest at Beaverton's annual Jam the Dam night. Maurer is also a recent recipient — along with his entire family (both parents and all three brothers) — of a Caribbean cruise, courtesy of Make-A-Wish Oregon and money raised in part by students at BHS.

For Elijah, who suffers from Ewing’s sarcoma — a type of bone cancer — Friday’s game included a special introduction (he was included as part of the Beavers’ starting lineup), chances to interact with Beaverton’s players, a place in front of the evening’s TV cameras, and one of the best seats in the house to watch the Beavers’ key win before a raucous BHS crowd.

Jam the Dam was part of BHS’s week-long fundraising campaign (called Week of Wishes) to benefit Make-A-Wish Oregon. Over the past 13 years, BHS has raised about $135,000 to helped grant 27 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. This year, the school’s goal was to bring in another $20,000.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hillsboro's Elijah Maurer left no doubt how he felt about Beaverton's runaway win over Glencoe on Jam the Dam night at Beaverton High School on Friday.

“The students have done an amazing job in giving back to the community and I just wanted to recognize them for their kindness,” said Tracey Lam, Public Relations & Communications Manager Make-A-Wish Oregon.

As for Friday’s celebration of his wish-come-true, Elijah said it was “a lot of fun.”

Fun, too, was his family’s Caribbean cruise last fall, with Elijah sharing that his favorite parts were swimming and going on the water slide on the cruise ship.

Lam and Make-A-Wish also offered a special thanks to First Tech Federal Credit Union for supporting this year’s Kids For Wish Kids Program. First Tech has promised to match up to $10,000 of new donations from Kids For Wish Kids partners during the 2015-2016 school year.

BHS developed its Week of Wishes program for teacher Katie Robinson’s Sports and Events Marketing class as a part of Make-A-Wish Oregon’s Kids for Wish Kids program, integrating it into the yearly curriculum to learn all aspects about hosting and managing successful sporting events with the added motivation of fundraising for a local cause. The fundraising events that take place during Week of Wishes are completely student-run.

For more information about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit oregon.wish.org

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