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Becky’s Brigade receives top fund raising award – again!
Becky’s Brigade was formed in honor of our friend and colleague, Becky Crain, a CareOregon claims supervisor. Becky was battling brain cancer in 2010 when Becky’s Brigade first participated in the Portland Brain Tumor Walk. We lost Becky in 2011, but we continue to keep her spirit alive by walking as a team and raising money for this cause throughout the year.

National Brain Tumor Society Award
Shown left to right:
Nicole Smith, NBTS, Sherri Batiste, Patti Guynes,
Ben Roussel, Paula Lewitz and Lise Bernstein

Becky’s Brigade most popular fundraisers are the sale of jeans stickers and the salsa judging competition. This year, thanks to the generosity of employees at CareOregon, Health Share and Oregon’s Health CO-OP, we far exceeded our $4,000 goal, raising more than $6,000 for the National Brain Tumor Association! This is the fourth year in a row that Becky’s Brigade received the award as the top fundraising company for the NBTA walk.

Becky’s Brigade organizers have different reasons for their service. Below are comments from: Lise Bernstein, claims and member services; Paula Lewitz, claims; Sherri Batiste, customer service; and Ben Roussel, information systems.

“When I learned that CareOregon raises money to benefit the National Brain Tumor Association, I knew I had to get involved, says Ben Roussel. “I never met Becky, but my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given two weeks to live. And two weeks later to the day, he passed away. While the money we raise for the NBTA helps fund research so that other families have a fighting chance, it is my hope that I am also raising awareness of the early warning signs of a brain tumor, so that others may have time to get treatment.”

“Becky was my supervisor – that is how I got involved,” says Paula Lewitz. “But giving to such a worthy cause is always infectious. I love to see how generous our co-workers can be.”

“Fundraising to me is the ultimate gift of Christian service we can do for one another,” says Sherri Batiste. “Giving to such a worthy cause is right and just. Since joining this committee at CareOregon, I have personally known five people who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two, unfortunately, have passed. However, three are still fighting the battle and need our financial help, so I will continue to give of my time.”

To read an article about the first Portland Brain Tumor Walk we participated in, go to: