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Make Street of Dreams visit a Dream for Doernbecher

Oswego Friends of Doernbecher host benefit

STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Trista and Trevor Nelson encourage all to attend the Dream for Doernbecher benefit Aug. 17 at the Street of Dreams. Tickets are $50 each, which includes a summer buffet, house tour admission and raffle ticket. Visit oswegofriends.net for details or call 503-246-0451.

One of the featured events of the 2015 Street of Dreams is Dream for Doernbecher, a fundraiser organized by Oswego Friends of Doernbecher to be held 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The event features a summer buffet, admission to the home tour and a raffle ticket, all for the price of $50, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

This is the kickoff event for the new Oregon Health & Science Patient and Family Guest House at the South Waterfront. This new facility will have more than 60 family-friendly suites and other amenities to make stays at Doernbecher easier for parents and siblings.

The Nelson family of Lake Oswego, Trista, her husband Jock and son Trevor, encourage all to attend the benefit.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the good services I experienced at Doernbecher,” Trevor Nelson said. “It is an amazing place.”

Trista Nelson remembers the August 2000 night she got the phone call informing her that her son, Trevor, had been in a serious car accident north of Newberg in an area with terrain too rugged for a helicopter to land. An ambulance had been called, and luckily, one of the first to respond to the accident was a man trained as an aide on an ambulance. Knowing Trevor could have fractured his neck, the man kept him still until the ambulance arrived to take him to Doernbecher.

“I had the call at about 8 p.m.,” she said. “When I was told that he was there, I was told that he couldn’t talk. I wondered if he was dead or alive. I told my husband to pick up our daughter Erika, and that I would pack my bags and go directly to the hospital, knowing that I might have to stay with him for a while in his room.”

A longtime member of Oswego Friends of Doernbecher, Trista had toured the new children’s hospital in 1996. She had been impressed with the large rooms with built in bed and half bath to accommodate parent stays in the hospital rooms. Little did she know she would be sleeping there during her son’s three-week stay at Doernbecher.

Trevor, who was 20 at the time of the accident, was in a coma and suffered a cracked vertebrae and a serious brain injury from the accident.

“It is every parent’s nightmare,” said Trista. “He was in ICU for a week.”

The Nelsons witnessed firsthand the benefits of Doernbecher’s state-of-the-art technology and the expertise of its staff.

“They were able to track his brain pressure on monitors,” Trista said. “Trevor received expert care and they all treated us like family.”

The Doernbecher staff called Trevor “The Miracle of the Month.” Instead of the two months doctors supposed it would take to get him back on his feet, he healed in about five weeks.

“I have no memory of the length of time I was in a coma,” Trevor said. “And I don’t remember being in much pain except when they took out the eight bolts in my skull.” He has no lasting injury and is successfully pursuing a real estate career.

“We are so lucky to have this facility in Portland,” said Trista. “Everything completely stops when your child is hurt. You can’t take time to think of getting a hotel, or eating or any concerns. Having a facility available is important for people. It reduces stress and lets them focus on the child.”

The Nelson family is dedicated to supporting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and encourage the public to join them at the Dream for Doernbecher night Aug. 17.

Though the event doesn’t begin until 5 p.m., ticket holders can come at any time after 10 a.m. to view the homes and then return for dinner if they wish.

Those unable to attend that evening but wishing to donate to Doernbecher should use the promo code kids when purchasing tickets online at oswegofriends.net or call 503-246-0451.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.