Autumn is home! She was able to fly back last night and is happy to be back where she can finish recovering more comfortably.
Right now, the pressure from swelling in her brain causes light sensitivity, visual disturbances, numbness/tingling in her extremities, and of course pain–but now that the tumor is gone, these symptoms are TEMPORARY! Each day the swelling goes down a bit more and she feels a bit better.
Thank you all for your prayers and keep them coming! If you are in the area and would like to provide a meal for her and her family, please send me a message and I will get you the info needed.
To send Rae a message, go to the GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/helpautumnrose, click on the Message icon next to the name Rae Snyder, then select Contact the Organizer.
From Autumn Rose’s sister, Rae, about 12 hours ago:
Just wanted to let you all know that we got the results back from pathology and Autumn’s tumor was 100% benign! She is still doing really well–resting a lot, walking around the house several times a day, and we have been able to manage her pain with ice and pain meds. This is the slower, less exciting part of her recovery but we still need lots of prayers and good vibes! Love you all ❤
Autumn’s surgery was a huge success! Her surgeon finished ahead of schedule. He met with us immediately after he was done and showed us pictures of her brain at several stages of the surgery.
The tumor is gone!
She is in ICU right now and it will remain there for the first 24 hours, after which she will be moved to a regular recovery room. Her husband, my mom, dad and I have all been back to see her awake and doing incredibly. In between naps, she is in great spirits–cracking jokes and so glad that tumor is finally gone!
Autumn is resting a lot today, but believe it or not, she will start some physical therapy tomorrow! Presently, we need to pray for her brain swelling to stay down and for brain fluid in the area and blood in the surrounding veins to flow properly now that the tumor is gone.
Love to you all and endless thanks for your prayers and support. We left Portland just before snow and ice started, which could’ve potentially grounded our flight and delayed the surgery. Many details such as this, we credit to an all-knowing, all-powerful, loving God who hears the cries of his people and intercedes for them. Your cries for Autumn have been many, and loud, and relentless. We couldn’t ask for more.
Keep crying out!
Your donations through the Benevolent Foundation and contributions through GoFundMe have helped with this. Thank you.
The CCPOBF has opened an account at Clackamas Federal Credit Union for donations for Autumn Rose Garcia-Northcraft. Autumn is the daughter of long-time employee and Sergeant at the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. The Foundation is going to assist Autumn to help pay for the removal of a brain tumor. Autumn is 25 years old and has been married for two months. Learn more in the following information from Autumn’s sister.
The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. 100% of donations for Autumn will be used to assist her during her charitable need.
If you’d like to donate to assist us to help Autumn, you can do so in one of three ways:
– mail a check to the CCPOBF, PO Box 678, Clackamas, Oregon 97015 ATTN: Help Autumn Rose. Make the check out to the CCPOBF, with Help Autumn Rose in the memo line. A tax receipt will be mailed to you promptly.
– make a donation at any branch of the Clackamas Federal Credit Union. You can find branches on their website at www.CCPOBF.com. Tell the teller that you are donating to the CCPOBF into the Help Autumn Rose account.
(Note: GoFundMe is a For Profit Corporation and contributions to them are not tax deductible.)
This is from Autumn Rose’s sister, Rae:
For the past several months, as my sister Autumn was happily planning her wedding, she began having headaches and occasional dizziness. With so much going on around her, she didn’t really stop to think about it until her honeymoon, when these symptoms started getting more frequent and more serious. She had a couple of intense episodes of vertigo, and got really freaked out. She told me about all of this and I thought, maybe you’re anemic? Maybe you need more iron or you have low blood sugar or something? But after taking more iron and eating more regularly did nothing to make her better, she decided to go to the doctor.
Her doctor told her it could be an inner ear issue and sent her home with a list of exercises to do at home in order to hopefully get things back to normal. She did the exercises religiously, but they didn’t work. Meanwhile, the list of symptoms started getting longer… blurry vision, seeing stars, light sensitivity, insomnia, incoordination, etc. Without answers, Autumn tried to push through all the symptoms and get on with her daily life. As a professional fashion photographer/design consultant/artist/teaching assistant at PNCA, this became nearly impossible. How can someone who uses their eyes to make a living do so with all these eye/head related symptoms?
“What if I have a brain tumor?” she asked our mom.
She called her doctor again, and this time he rushed an order for an MRI. We were reassured by family and select friends. We had faith that everything would be alright and nothing would show up, but we knew there was still a chance that something could. I went with her that Thursday morning, a couple days before Halloween. She, our mom and I laughed in the waiting room, eating fun size candy the receptionist had set out for patients. It was a quick 30 minutes. “How long until they know the results?” I asked.
“A day or so, I guess.” she said.
Sure enough, her doctor’s office called her saying they wanted to see her Friday to go over the results. I was hopeful, but not stupid. I knew if nothing showed up on the MRI, they would’ve told her that over the phone. Dad called that Friday to tell me the news. “She has a tumor in the center of her brain. It’s presumed not cancerous, but it’s on what’s called the pineal gland. They said they could watch it and wait to see if the symptoms get better or worse, or she could look into surgery to remove it. She doesn’t want to make any decisions today.”
A brain tumor.
I felt helpless. I wanted to do something. I’m a researcher, by nature. So I quickly began to learn anything and everything I could about these types of tumors. I found out that tumors the size of my sister’s and the location it is in are extremely rare, especially if they are symptomatic. These symptoms can include headache, unexpected seizures, visual disturbances, muscle fasciculation’s, light sensitivity, inability to coordinate voluntary movements, vertigo, insomnia etc. Once this tumor is symptomatic, it doesn’t get better on its own. It needs to be removed.
There isn’t a whole lot of mainstream knowledge about these types of tumors and their symptoms among doctors. In fact, only a handful of surgeons in the entire world will remove them. And the closest one I could find, amazingly enough, is in L.A.
This doctor just happened to be the one who pioneered the least invasive surgical procedure to remove these types of tumors. I watched several video clips of him online–how he helped this girl who had the same type of tumor as Autumn, by removing it surgically. I watched a video of him actually performing this surgery. Post recovery, the girl’s symptoms were completely gone. Those video clips gave me hope.
After more episodes of vertigo, Autumn decided she wasn’t comfortable with driving anymore. Light sensitivity and consistent “floaters” disrupted her ability to focus and see daily. Some days were okay, some days were terrible. She told me she really felt trapped, and just wanted to see normal again. The best way she could distract herself from her ailments was to lay in bed with her eyes closed. Autumn didn’t want to live like this. She wanted a second opinion. My mom contacted the doctor’s clinic in L.A. and started a conversation which gave us even more hope. They scheduled a consultation via skype and the doctor reassured Autumn that he would be able to help her. He confirmed she was a good candidate for surgery and that all of her symptoms were certainly caused by this tumor on her pineal gland. He told her the pineal gland produces melatonin and that the tumor was keeping it from doing so, which is why she has insomnia. He reassured her and explained that he has done thousands of these surgical procedures in the past twenty years. What a relief. Autumn finally felt hope herself, and cried after the conversation ended.
So, here we are. After many obstacles, conversations with insurances, etc. we are looking at surgery in L.A. on January 5, 2016. Brain surgery does sound scary. It’s expensive. It’s a big deal. And in order to make it happen, Autumn needs your help.
After the surgery, Autumn will spend at least two days in ICU. She will be in L.A. for at least ten days before she is cleared to go home. I’m sure you can imagine the cost of an operation like this and everything that goes with it is not cheap. Let me break it down for you…
Primary cost: *$33,000 out of pocket for the surgery/doctors/hospital costs that needs to be paid in full by Dec 5th Secondary costs: *$3,600 for insurance premiums to keep Autumn under the coverage of our dad’s insurance (which will give her better coverage) *$2,500 for airfare to L.A. for the surgery (this will include Autumn, Sean, and my mom) *$2,000 for lodging in L.A. during the time she is there *$200+ for prescriptions *$2,000 to supplement the income they will miss during the surgery and recovery *$2,030 to cover GoFundMe fees (the account can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/helpautumnrose)
This tumor in her brain has to come out, whether any of us can afford it or not. If it doesn’t, her symptoms could get worse. We can’t let her live with these and potentially worse symptoms for the rest of her life. It’s a lot of money. And none of us can pay for it by ourselves, but together we can make this happen.
The Northwest Peer Support Conference is an annual opportunity for law enforcement peers to train and network. Their skills are used within police agencies to provide support to their peers. It is a huge benefit to all who work in law enforcement and the public as well.
The conference will be held in Clackamas County this year and the organizers are raising funds to cover expenses. Funds raised help cover the costs of the attendees, some of whose agencies don’t have budgets for these types of training.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, has a working relationship with the organizers of the NW Peer Support Conference.
Fred Meyer has stepped forward to partner in a unique method to raise funds. Please see the following:
YOU CAN HELP THE NW PEERCON EARN DONATIONS JUST BY SHOPPING WITH YOUR FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD!
Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Clackamas County Peace Officer Benevolent Foundation at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 83729.
Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Northwest Peer Support Conference via the Clackamas County Peace Officer Benevolent Foundation earn a donation!
You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.
Take a moment to sign up for this great way to support the NW Peer Support Conference.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation and the Gladstone Baskin & Robbin’s Ice Cream Shop are partnering to raise funds for the Foundation’s 9th Annual Shop with a Cop event. Every $100 raised means one more kid can Shop with a Cop! in December.
You can learn more about the CCPOBF Shop with a Cop! event at http://ccpobf.org/Christmas-shop-with-a-cop
Throughout the month of October on every Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm there will be at least one Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff scooping ice cream for customers. The price of the ice cream will be discounted during these hours.
Donation buckets will be available in the store throughout the month of October.
The Baskin & Robbins is located at 19510 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Gladstone, Oregon.
Stop in on a Tuesday during the hours above and get some special service for a great ice cream treat from Baskin & Robbins and watch some Cops Running Cone!
The first CCPOBF Lawride Poker Run, held on Saturday, August 1st, was an extremely successful event. All funds raised are to assist the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation provide support to injured Clackamas County Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif. Deputy Nashif, who is a motorcycle officer, was struck by a car while on his department motorcycle in Oregon City.
A co-worker, Deputy Troy Gilmore, organized the Lawride. He felt that it would be a great way to raise funds for a fellow motorcycle enthusiast.
The route wound about 130 miles through scenic Clackamas County, from Sandy and through Estacada, Colton, Molalla, Canby, Wilsonville and into Tualatin.
The Lawride started at Extreme Products in Clackamas and ended at Bushwhackers Restaurant in Tualatin. Both donated to the event as well.
Other sponsors included LEEDS, Wild Hare, Firehouse, Oregon Boy Trucking, Benchmade, Napa, Les Schwab, and Latus HD.
Special thanks to the Spartan Motorcycle Club for a huge turn out to support this worthy cause!
Bottom line – over $1000 was raised during this event. A great job to all, especially to Troy Gilmore for coming up with the idea and putting it all together!
UPDATE ON THE WEATHER REPORT FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH:
87 degrees and light clouds.
Excellent weather for golf!
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is hosting the Officer Mulligan! Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, August 13th. The presenting sponsor is First Investors.
This fundraiser will be held at Stonecreek Golf Club just south of Oregon City.
Registration begins at 11:00 am, with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Lunch and dinner are provided.
Both individuals and teams of four are invited to participate. Law enforcement teams from Clackamas County and the metro area are encouraged. Cost is $125 per golfer; $500 per team.
Registrations sent by mail must be received by Tuesday, August 11th. Walk-ons on the day of the event are welcome!
Funds raised will be to provide resources to the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. Currently the Foundation is providing assistance to Deputy Sheriff Robby Nashif, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash; Kelsey Zionskowski, who lost most of her left leg when struck by a car in Milwaukie; Corrections Officer Nate Seitz, who recently had kidney surgery; the Military Employer Support Program and several others. The Foundation has assisted with fundraising for the victims of the Clackamas Town Center shootings and the families of Oregon City Officer Robert Libke and Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.
Here are links to the flyer and the registration form:
We recently received an update from Kelsey Zionskowski, the young lady who lost a leg when struck by a car in Milwaukie late last year.
“I recently went back to OHSU for another surgery. This was a big surgery and the one I’ve been waiting for. They rotated my knee so that it is now facing the right way and put the rod into my femur. There was a plate holding the bone together so they had to remove that. The last thing they did was release the muscle that had scarred to the bone, which prevented me from bending my leg. The surgery went well and now I am back at Porthaven to continue to heal. However, two days after the surgery I was able to stand! The first time since my accident! It felt awesome. There is still a long way to go but I am making great progress.”
Kelsey is doing great and is looking forward to going home soon to be with her 5 year old son.
She has a long way to go and there are still a lot of things that are not covered by insurance that she needs help with, so if you’d like to help us help her, please consider a donation. Checks can be made out to the CCPOBF with “Kelsey” in the memo line and mailed to PO Box 678, Clackamas, Oregon 97015. A tax deduction receipt will be mailed to you promptly.
John Van Huizen passed away on July 2nd. He was a member of the Foundation Board of Directors at the time of his death. John was first recruited to be on the Board in 2008 and served many years as the First Vice President.
John spent a career as an engineer and architect after an enlistment in the United State Marine Corps. He changed careers and became a sworn Deputy Sheriff with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
John was passionate about helping those who most needed help. His involvement with Mercy Ships and the Orphan Relief & Rescue’s work in Liberia and Benin were indicative of his commitment.
John was 70 years old when he died. He fought esophageal cancer for 3 years.
John will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 9, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 noon at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 920 Shirley Street, Molalla. All are welcome to both.
Memorial donations can be made to the Orphan Relief & Rescue, John Van Huizen Scholarship program.
Providing charitable assistance to the Law Enforcement community and citizens of Clackmas County