By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Isabella Evans is giving back to the organization that helps her attend college by taking part in one of her favorite hobbies: acting.

Evans is helping put on a murder mystery dinner event April 6 in Baker City. Proceeds will be donated to Cancer for College, a program that awards scholarships to cancer survivors.

Evans, 19, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011 when she was a fifth-grader at South Baker Intermediate School. She spent about six months in Portland for treatment at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

She returned to school halfway through sixth grade (which is why, she says with a smile, she still has problems with fractions, having missed those lessons).

She is now a freshman at Eastern Oregon University, where she is studying computer science.

A scholarship from Cancer for College is helping fund her education. Now she’s giving back to the nonprofit organization.

“I didn’t want to just take the money and run,” she said.

The dinner theater is called “Eclipsed.” Evans is in the cast, which means she comes home on weekends to rehearse with her dad, Doug Evans, along with Ian Wolfe, Lisa Ensworth, and Lily Hoelscher.

The play is a comedy.

“It’s funny. I have yet to get through a rehearsal without laughing,” Evans said.

The event is set for Saturday, April 6. Tickets are $35 individual or $60 for a couple. These must be purchased by April 1.

“Eclipsed” will be presented at the Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. An Elks membership is not required to attend.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show follows at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner includes steak, potato, vegetables, salad and dessert. The evening also includes a silent auction.

The play’s plot is about a fundraiser for a charity. Attendees will become the guests for Lord and Lady Moon at the annual Moonlight Masquerade Charity Gala.

But then a diamond Tiffany necklace disappears, and someone turns up dead. Who could be responsible? Can the audience help solve the crime?

Tickets are available at Random Resales in Baker City and online at www.actorsstudio.com.

About Cancer for College

Craig Pollard was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at 15. Treatment included nine months of chemotherapy, three months of radiation, and surgery.

After graduating on time, he earned a merit scholarship to the University of Southern California and planned to play on the baseball team.

His cancer came back when he was 19. It took a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

He lost his passion for baseball and instead turned to helping other cancer survivors. He founded Cancer for College. (The name references how, when others got new cars or apartments for college, Pollard got cancer.)

Cancer for College has provided more than $3 million in scholarships to nearly 1,300 cancer survivors. The foundation raises money through a golf tournament in San Diego and events in other cities.

For more information, visit www.cancerforcollege.org.

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