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Mt. Hood community supports business owner who fell ill

Rob Houstons family and friends use online sites and local businesses to fundraise


While at work as owner of El Burro Loco in Welches on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Rob Houston collapsed.

Houston was then taken to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham, where he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He then was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Since his diagnosis, the Mt. Hood Chamber of Commerce community has rallied around Houston’s friends and family for support.

The Mt. Hood Chamber has sent out notices detailing how community members can donate to help support his family. The Mt. Hood Lions are holding a fundraiser for Houston from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

The event includes dinner and a raffle; tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for children. Those interested in donating items for the raffle can drop them off at The Resort at The Mountain in Welches, attention Becca Kolibaba, by Friday, Jan. 31.

Donations also can be made at Clackamas County Bank under Sara Houston’s name.

On Jan. 24, Houston’s family created a Caring Bridge account. The Caring Bridge site allows Houston’s family and friends to update each other and make donations if wanted.

After being admitted to Legacy Emanuel, Houston underwent a procedure to repair the aneurysm and another to place a drain.

A recent CT scan showed there is evidence of stroke in Houston’s frontal lobe.

On Monday, Jan. 27, Caring Bridge was host to the most recent journal entry, which reported that Houston has started his long road to recovery, showing he is able to move his arm up in the air.

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