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‘Blueberry lady’ swims for fistula repair

Donate $5, get a pint of blueberries

Blueberries and fistula repair surgery motivate Linda Chamberlain, co-owner of Wilinda Blueberry Patch, to swim the Columbia River crossing on Labor Day, Sept. 2, for the annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim. The 72-year-old eats several cups of blueberries each day so she feels she is ready for the challenge.

To further motivate her, Chamberlain is asking for donations for one fistula repair surgery for a woman in Uganda who suffers from this condition. So far she has collected $280. For the remaining $120, anyone interested in making a donation of $5 or more will be invited to pick a pint of blueberries for free.

To donate, contact Linda Chamberlain at lindachamberlain@comcast.net or 801-556-7964. The Wilinda Blueberry Patch is located at 730 Frankton Road in Hood River and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The work of Chamberlain and other Hood River residents was featured in the Dec. 19, 2012 Kaleidoscope in the Hood River News (find it online by searching for “Linda Chamberlain” at www.hoodrivernews.com).

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