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Fundraiser to be held for Mendocino County deputy who lost leg

Mendocino County Sheriff's employees will be holding a a spaghetti lunch and two auctions Sunday to raise money for a corrections deputy who lost a leg to bone cancer.

Steve Adams, 45, a lifelong Sonoma County resident, learned in October that he had chondrosarcoma and that he immediately needed his left leg amputated above the knee to prevent the spread of the cancer, according to co-worker Zohar Zaied.

Adams is undergoing physical therapy and is learning to walk with a temporary prosthesis and a cane, he said. The next step is acquiring a prosthetic leg that allows better mobility, Zaied said.

Adams is hoping to return to work in some capacity at the Sheriff's Office, he said.

Adams' coworkers hope to raise $15,000 to help compensate him for lost wages and medical-related travel costs.

The fundraiser begins at noon Sunday at the Ukiah fairgrounds. Meal tickets are $10 each. The meal is being cooked and served by the Redwood Empire Lions Club. Local residents and businesses have donated food and items for the auction, Zaied said.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.

To pre-purchase tickets or make donations, call 621-1398.


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