At the last Board of Directors meeting, the Benevolent Foundation elected Jay Weitman as its new President. Jay is a Sergeant with the Lake Oswego Police Department and has been a member of the Board of Directors for several years. Sergeant Weitman is very active in the County-wide police Peer Support Program and a long-time Honor Guard member, participating in many local, regional, state and national ceremonies with Clackamas County interagency teams.
Mark Koberstein and his wife, Terri, are moving to Grants Pass, Oregon to, as Mark’s wife would say, “finally retire”! Mark & Steve Hyson were the founders of the Benevolent Foundation and for the last 10 years it has been Mark’s passion. This followed a 33 -year career in law enforcement. Mark will stay on the Board of Directors until a transition has been successfully completed.
The caring of the law enforcement family in Clackamas County will continue to be the primary purpose of the Foundation. The Foundation will also remain active with other charitable activities in the County, in line with its mission.
On a side note, the last member of the original Board of Directors to serve on the Board is Wilda Parks. Wilda was recruited in 2006 while the President of the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce. Her business savvy and connections to the business community in the county were key to the initial success of the Foundation. Wilda now serves on the City Council of the City of Milwaukie.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation has set up an account at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union to accept donations to assist the families of the Police Officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas, Texas.
Although these families are not directly connected to Clackamas County, they are a part of our extended police family. The circumstances of these deaths is shocking and the Foundation, on behalf of all the police officers in Clackamas County, would be wrong to not help in some way.
All donations received to help the Families of Dallas PD will be sent to assist them. The Foundation does not assess administrative fees for donations received.
The CCPOBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit.
If you would like to help, please send a check to:
CCPOBF, PO Box 678, Clackamas, Oregon 97015
Make your check out to CCPOBF with Dallas PD in the memo line. A tax receipt will be mailed to you promptly.
On May 11, 2016, following the annual commemoration of National Police Week and Law Enforcement Memorial Day, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the Clackamas County Law Enforcement Memorial. Sheriff Craig Roberts facilitated the brief ceremony. The families of Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Shoop, Deputy Sheriff Bill Bowman and Officer Robert Libke were present and participated in the Groundbreaking. Construction should begin soon, with a finish in the Fall of 2016.
More information can be found on the CCPOBF website at www.CCPOBF.org.
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundationwas very honored to assist the coordinators of the Clackamas County Camp HOPE, to be held at Camp Arrah Wanna, in Welches. There will be two iterations of the Camp, July 3-8, 2016 and July 10-15, 2016.
The coordinators of the Camp must raise all the funds to operate Camp HOPE through donations and grants. Please read through the below information and if you would like to donate, please see the donation information at the end of the page.
What is Camp HOPE?
The idea behind Camp HOPE is to help children heal from trauma and have the fun, playful experiences that they deserve. Developed through the National Family Justice Center Alliance in 2003, Camp HOPE is based on proven research that indicates how important hope is for child survivors of violence. It is a natural extension of the Family Justice Center model.
Camp HOPE, structured around Dr. Chan Hellman’s “HOPE Theory” research, provides children ages 7 to 15 who have been exposed to domestic and/or sexual violence with the opportunity to get outdoors, play, and have fun. These experiences sound simple enough, but for youth whose lives have been affected by violence, they are even more crucial to recovery from trauma. The camp includes programmatic elements related to emotional care (such as nightly check-ins and positive character trait development), but the main focus is on promoting healing through active play and recreation, including archery, river rafting, and field games. We are searching for dedicated individuals to be positive role models and build relationships with our campers, as well as assist in creating a safe space for the campers to have fun!
A Safe Place Family Justice Center first participated in the model by bringing children from our programs to Camp HOPE California in 2014. Feedback from the local campers was overwhelmingly positive and these experiences both allowed advocates and counselors to learn from this valuable work and served as a catalyst to establish Camp HOPE Oregon so that more children from A Safe Place have increased access to this valuable opportunity. This summer marks the second year that Clackamas Women’s Services and A Safe Place Family Justice Center have hosted Camp HOPE Oregon at Camp Arrah Wanna, right here in Clackamas County.
(503) 557-5828 – A Safe Place Family Justice Center
The Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit. Donations are tax deductible. The CCPOBF is a volunteer run organization and all funds donated for Camp Hope will be used for Camp Hope.
To make a tax deductible donation, make out a check to CCPOBF with Camp Hope in the memo line. Mail to:
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.
Please, help my sister.
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