Works as substance abuse counselor with women prisoners

by: CONTRIBUTED - Nathan SeitzThe Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation has established a fund to raise money to help Officer Nathan Seitz when he has a kidney transplant.

Seitz has IgA Nephropathy, an auto-immune disease that has led to his losing 92 percent of his kidney function and requiring a transplant.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts posted a video appeal for Seitz on YouTube (search for Nathan Seitz) where he said Seitz will have “enormous medical costs” and living expenses during his eight-month recovery period.

Seitz, 29, works with the Women's Corrections Substance Abuse Program in the Residential Services department. He is active in his community, participating in athletics, coaching youth basketball and mentoring youth at his church in Happy Valley.

“If he wasn't in great shape, he might not be here with us today,” Roberts said.

The disease is one you can have for years without any symptoms, Seitz said in the video, and his first sign was last November when his blood pressure shot up and the blood vessels in his eyes all popped.

Seitz' doctor told him that 70 percent of his kidney function was permanently gone, and that a transplant was his only option.

County employees can donate their leave time to Seitz and donations can be made by mailing a check to: CCPOBF, P.O. Box 678, Clackamas OR 97015. Donations can also be made in person at any location of Clackamas Federal Credit Union to the Officer Nathan Seitz Fund of the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Association.

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