Vicki's Fight Against Breast Cancer

$14,750 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 37 months
Sophia Selliken
on behalf of Vicki Zacharias
 OREGON CITY, OR

With over 30 years of experience in riding and training horses, Vicki Zacharias has developed a riding program founded on the principles of excellence in horsemanship. She has successfully shown at the Grand Prix level in the Pacific Northwest, is an active member of the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association (OHJA), and is widely known, respected, and loved throughout the horse community.  Last month Vicki found that she has stage 3, grade 3 breast cancer which has spread into her lymph nodes and will require aggressive treatments. 

Treatment will consist of six chemo sessions over 18 weeks, each one costing an exorbitant amount of money with health insurance only covering part of the payment. Surgery will not occur until after the chemo is complete and hopefully shrinks the tumors. 

As a self-employed trainer in the hunter-jumper world, she will incur a large number additional barn costs for help during her recovery. Many appointments and tests lie ahead to determine if the cancer has spread.  As more information becomes available we will keep you up to date.  In addition to her own diagnosis she is the primary caregiver for her sister, Nora, who has recently been diagnosed with sudden onset dementia.  

Upon learning of her condition, Vicki selflessly put her clients first and waited until the last two summer shows were over to announce the news to anyone.  She did not want to upset or worry people so they could remain focused on their showing.  Vicki's work ethic and dedication to her horses, clients, and friends has been evident and valued throughout the hunter-jumper community. It is at this time that we ask the horse world to support and help one of their own. 

Vicki is a mother, grandmother, trainer and friend to many and would willingly give the shirt off her back to help another person out.  Those of you lucky enough to know or work with Vicki understand that what a genuinely generous person she is. 

We would like to thank Mike and Mollie Gallaway for their generosity and help already.

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Hi all, I have the update you have all been waiting for! In addition to receiving the Senior Sportsmanship Award from OHJA Vicki has also received news that her PET scan was clean. That's right, the cancer is gone! Vicki has one more year of chemo to be safe. Vicki is over the moon with happiness and as always, appreciates everyone's help and support! "I was full of cancer, it's almost a miracle." Vicki says!
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Well we finally have some good news to report. Vicki went in for her second chemo treatment and has been responding well. After one treatment Vicki's cancer markers are down to normal levels and the tumor has started to shrink.

It was a great uplift in everyone's spirits to hear the good news especially since the treatments are so hard. Vicki wants to let every know how much she appreciates everyone's support and donations.
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Come join Horse Talk for a special event and fundraiser! This event features CWD tack, art, jewelry, and an assortment of goodies! A percentage of sales will go to Vicki!
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Horse head wreaths for sale! Colors are customizable! $45 each and $10 of that goes to Vicki! Order now by calling Horse Talk Mobile and Store at (503) 737-4899 or ask questions! They can be shipped.
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Colleen Armstrong
16 months ago

Hi Sophia. Could you contact me , I have another possible source of financial Help Thank you. Colleen Armstrong 2067693021

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$14,750 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 137 people in 37 months
Created September 7, 2015
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Laurie Freeman Swanson
2 months ago

Thinking about you and applauding. Please take care of yourself. The best is you can be with your horses to enjoy the evening stars.

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Anonymous
10 months ago
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Anonymous
31 months ago
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Cheering for you every day!

CL
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Chaunie Langland
32 months ago

Glad things are going so well on your recovery!!! Fabulous news.

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33 months ago
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33 months ago
Colleen Armstrong
16 months ago

Hi Sophia. Could you contact me , I have another possible source of financial Help Thank you. Colleen Armstrong 2067693021

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