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Benefit golf tournament planned

Mountain View Golf Club hosts event


FLIPPENWhen Sandy resident Dave Flippen, 60, found out he had a place on the heart transplant waiting list at the Oregon Health and Science University, a social worker at the hospital turned to him and said, “start fundraising.”

If Flippen wants to receive a transplant, the father of three, who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, an enlarged heart, sleep apnea and cardiomyopathy in 2012, will have to raise the thousands of dollars needed to cover the operation.

“I’m making payments as best I can,” Flippen said. “But I’m on a fixed income now because I had to retire.”

According to the National Foundation of Transplants, the average heart transplant costs nearly $1 million—and that’s just the surgery. If the operation is successful, Flippen will have to pay for costly follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications to stay alive.

In a collaborative effort with the National Foundation of Transplants, community members and friends are hoping to help raise funds through a golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 15, at Mountain View Golf Club in Boring.

The four person scramble, divided into three divisions (men’s, women’s and mixed couples), will begin at 1 p.m. Entry is $125 per player, which includes a cart, range balls, hole prizes, lunch and dinner. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. at the golf course. The theme of the event will be “If I Only Had a Heart,” based on the Tin Man’s plea from the Wizard of Oz.

Flippen is a regular golfer at the club and will participate in the event alongside his wife of 36 years, Debbie.

Flippen was born in Pendleton, but raised in Gresham, where he attended Lynch Terrace and Centennial High School. He and his wife moved to Sandy 20 years ago, where Flippen worked as a Farmers Insurance agent and had three children, Josiah, McKenzie and Logan.

He is an active member of Gresham Early Risers Kiwanis and Mountain View Men’s Club and used to sing in the choir at New Hope church in Portland.

In August 2012, Flippen had a heart attack after attending his son’s wedding reception and soon found out he had congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart, among other conditions. Since then, he has made significant lifestyle changes, including adjusting his diet and sleeping with a machine to control his breathing

“I know he wants nothing more than to spend many more years with his wife and kids,” said Kay Horne, National Foundation of Transplants fundraising consultant. “At NFT, we’re dedicated to helping him raise the funds he needs, so he can focus on his health and happiness, not the soaring medical bills.”

Flippen said he feels fortunate to have such strong community support and has high hopes for Sunday’s event.

“We all affect each other,” Flippen said. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of good friends and a lot of good people and it’s been a real growing experience for me.”

For more information or to register for sponsorship e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tax deductible donations can also be made to the NFT Oregon Transplant Fund online at patients.transplants.org/daveflippen.