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Why I support the Portland Brain Tumor Walk

Ben Roussel on right with Nicole Smith, Chairperson of the Portland Brain Tumor Walk.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my father. When he received a diagnosis of stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor, there was no time for him to fight the disease. He passed away just seven days later. There was so little time to do anything except say goodbye. It was a very difficult time for my family.

Years later, I joined the IS Department at CareOregon. I had no idea at the time that I would willingly revisit this difficult period of time. I learned about CareOregon’s involvement in the Portland Brain Tumor Walk, and I knew I had to join the effort. Putting my time and resources into the National Brain Tumor Society’s work is my way of helping others fight the disease that killed my father. CareOregon employees help raise money through Jeans Day stickers, a 50/50 raffle and the extremely popular Salsa Competition. And we were very excited when CareOregon became a corporate sponsor at this year’s event. 

The day of the walk, I walk with my father to fight the fight he couldn’t. I feel his presence with me every step. I believe that my efforts, and the money from each donor who supports me, make him proud. The Portland Brain Tumor Walk has grown and expanded in the years since I began to participate. I am so honored to have been named this year’s top fundraiser in the Portland Walk.

When we unite to walk, we show the community that CareOregon truly does care! We are already brainstorming next year’s event and we welcome others to join our efforts. Many hands bring our fundraising goals even higher as we support research for this potentially devastating disease. Volunteer with us, meet new friends and help this important cause!