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One in Eight: Special Hops & Collab Brews Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Patients

An unusual lot of Idaho Gem hops is helping to directly support breast-cancer patients while raising awareness about the disease.

Brewing Industry Guide Staff Nov 4, 2021 - 2 min read

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Diane Gooding of Gooding Farms adds hops to a One in Eight collaboration brew at Talea Beer in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Miguel Rivas

The One in Eight campaign, now in its fourth year, is an expanding effort that includes CLS Farms in Washington state, Yakima Valley Hops, Gooding Farms in Idaho, and breweries such as Cloudburst in Seattle, Icicle in Leavenworth, Washington, and Talea in Brooklyn, New York.

CLS Farms co-owner Shelley Desmarais, who has twice survived breast cancer, started the campaign. The name One in Eight refers to a statistic: One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives.

The fundraising supports Wellness House in Yakima, Washington, which helps cancer patients and their families. Breweries that participate in the campaign can also brew special beers or organize events that support organizations in their local areas. In a thank-you letter to supporters last year, Wellness House executive director Margaret Filkins wrote that One in Eight provided “a much-needed financial infusion of operating money … after six-plus months of nervously watching our bottom line.”

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