Orchard Neighborhood Assn. plans meeting

ORCHARD DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JANUARY 24, 2005
7:00 – 9:00pm
Hollinshead Barn
1237 NE Jones Road

Guest Speakers:
Andy Anderson, City Manager
Jim Clinton, City Councilor
Brandon Raz, Bend Public Works Street Department
Steve Esselstyn, Bend Police Department
Vince Genna, former Director of the BMPRD, The History of Hollinshead Park

If you have a question(s) for any of our guest speakers which may require research to adequately answer, please email them in advance of our meeting to howard@bendcable.com and we’ll forward them along.

General Elections: Vice Chair & 3 board positions

A brief bio of current nominees will be available on our web site.

Members interested in running for a board position should contact Cheryl Howard, Chair at 385-7906 or howard@bendcable.com for more information.

Soups and hearty breads compliments of the board, attendees invited to bring salad or dessert.

Weather permitting: Steve Moore will bring his telescope for stargazing!

We will be arranging for non-driver/elderly transportation. Call 385-7906.

Please contact us if you have ideas you would like to share or have issues you need addressed.

Cheryl Howard
Chair
Orchard District Neighborhood Association
1972 NE 3rd St. PMB 49
Bend, OR 97701-3818
http://www.bendneighborhoods.org/Orchard

U.S. Bank sponsors big Rose Parade float

U.S. Bank will celebrate “The Family Business” with a float in the
2005 Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2005 in Pasadena, Calif.

“The Family Business” will be the sixth float and the fourteenth
entrant in this year’s parade. It is a 50-foot long floral produce
truck depicting a family business that was established in 1863, the
same year that U.S. Bank was founded. It is the largest,
self-propelled float in the parade this year and one of the largest
that has ever graced the streets of Pasadena in this historic and
beloved Tournament of Roses event.

In the spirit of the float’s theme, U.S. Bank recognized hundreds
of family owned business customers. Two of those companies, the Farber
Corporation of Columbus, Ohio and the Yoshida Group of Portland, Ore.,
won the U.S. Bank Family Owned Business Award and will be in
attendance at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl.

This is the second consecutive year that U.S. Bank has sponsored a
float in the Rose Parade. In 2004, U.S. Bank had the longest float in
the parade. U.S. Bank also opened its first branch office in Pasadena
in 2004 as part of an effort to expand and grow its presence in
California.

With the observance of the New Year, U.S. Bank is mindful of
recent devastating events in South Asia and has established the
Tsunami Relief Fund. Donations can be made in person at any of the
2,346 U.S. Bank branches or by calling 1-800-USBANKS. In just the
first two days, U.S. Bank sites have collected more than $100,000,
which will go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with $193 billion in assets, is the 6th
largest financial services holding company in the United States. The
company operates 2,346 banking offices and 4,621 ATMs in 24 states,
and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to
consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the
Five Star Service Guarantee in which the company pays customers if
certain key banking benefits and services are not met. U.S. Bancorp is
the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at
usbank.com.

Fitch gives ‘AA’ rating to Oregon highway bonds

NEW YORK – Oregon Department of Transportation’s (DOT) $56 million highway user tax revenue bonds, consisting of the $20 million series 2005A and the $36 million refunding series 2005B, are rated ‘AA’ by Fitch Ratings. Additionally, the Fitch affirms the rating on $523.8 million outstanding bonds. The new bonds, expected for negotiation the week of Jan. 10 through a syndicate led by Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., will be due Nov. 15, 2014-2029. Term bonds with mandatory sinking fund redemption may be included, and optional call details are yet to be determined.

Oregon has expanded the breadth of this program since the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) was authorized in 2001 for 131 transportation projects. In 2002, OTIA II was authorized to fund another 42 projects, and OTIA I and II together have a $500 million authorization, of which $275 million remains. The $20 million new money portion of this issue is authorized under OTIA II. In 2003, OTIA III, with a focus on improving Oregon’s bridges, was authorized, and the first $300 million of the $1.9 billion authorization was issued in 2004. The OTIA program is now essentially an ongoing and considerably broadened bonding program for highway and bridge repairs and modernization.

As the program grew, certain fee and revenues were increased to support the new authorizations. However, coverage ratios fell from the once stellar levels of coverage in excess of 70 times (x) with the initial issue in 2000 to 5x-7x after the first OTIA III issue earlier this year. Now, with this issue and an additional $300 million planned to be issued in August 2005, coverage of projected maximum debt service declines from 12.4x in 2005 to 4.5x in 2009 when $1.2 billion of new issues is included. The broad additional bonds’ test requires 3x coverage. The 2005 A and B bonds are being issued under a third supplemental declaration to the 2000 master highway bond declaration, which allows the pledge of federal revenues and issuance of subordinate debt. All projects are specifically approved by the transportation commission.

Security for these and the outstanding parity bonds emanates from a first lien on specific highway use taxes and fees deposited in the state highway fund, net of administration and collection costs, and statutorily determined city/county apportionments to fund local transportation projects. Additionally, $35.6 million per year of collected revenues (and $102 million per year for OTIA III) is statutorily set aside for OTIA I and II and not credited to the state highway fund or localities for distribution under apportionment formulas until debt service is met. Any excess not required for debt service on OTIA bonds is distributed by formula to the state, counties, and cities. Set-asides began with OTIA’s inception in October 2001 and essentially represent the additional revenues expected to be derived from the various fee increases, roughly comparable to expected debt service.

Pledged revenues consist of the motor fuels and use taxes, the weight-mile and road use assessment fees increased for OTIA III about 10%, and the registration, drivers’ license, and titling fees. The weight-mile, road use assessment, vehicle registration, and titling fees were recently increased, contributing to about a 7.7% overall revenue increase from fiscal years 2004 to 2005. The flat fee component of the weight-mile tax was held to be unconstitutional and the state has appealed. This represents only a small portion of pledged revenues. While the state continues to be exposed to financially restrictive initiatives, it constitutionally requires all highway user revenues to be applied for highway purposes, and it has a statutory and contractual requirement to ensure sufficient pledged revenues for debt service.

COCC news: King honors, nursing program, more

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Central Oregon Community College has planned a week of events celebrating diversity. The public is invited to attend.

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, “The Meeting” will be presented in Pinckney Center for the Arts on the Bend campus. The free event will feature a play depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X debating their contrasting approaches to the same grave social problems.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Greg Bell will present a cultural competency workshop in the Pinckney Center. This free hour-and-a-half workshop will provide a step-by-step method for understanding cultural diversity that preserves everyone’s integrity. Bell, a consultant and facilitator, specializes in programs that enhance participants’ ability to work and live in an increasingly diverse environment. All participants will receive a training guidebook.

At noon on Wednesday, Jan. 19, local students with a variety of ethnic backgrounds will explain their interpretations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision in the South Sisters Room in Grandview Student Center.

At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, Central Oregon Jobs with Justice will sponsor a free panel discussion on immigrant and migrant workers’ rights in COCC’s Hitchcock Auditorium. Panelists include a nationally known immigrant rights activist, representatives of farm worker unions and an immigrant rights attorney.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, there will be an opening reception for the photo exhibit, “Black Women: Achievement against the Odds,” in the rotunda of the COCC Library. The exhibit looks at the contributions of black women in art, business, civil rights, dance/theater, education, government and politics, journalism, literature, medicine, music, religion, sciences and math, military and sports. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 25.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, the Rainbow Dance Theatre will present “The Roots of Hip Hop” in COCC’s Mazama Gymnasium. The performers will trace the history of African-Americans from Africa through slavery up to the present, illustrating how traditions retain their connection to the past while adapting to new cultural influences. General admission tickets are $10 and student tickets are $7; tickets will be available Jan. 5 at the COCC Box Office (383-7575).

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, the the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble will perform at the Mt. View High School Auditorium. Brought together by their love of gospel music, members of this multiracial, interfaith choir strive to model tolerance, cooperation and inclusion. General admission tickets cost $15 and student tickets are $7; tickets will be available Jan. 5 at the COCC Box Office (383-7575).

Sponsors for the week’s events include the COCC Diversity Committee and Office of Student Life, COCC and OSU-Cascades Campus student organizations, The Source, Z21 News, Suntrack Sound, the Bend Riverside Motel, benjamInImages and Central Oregon Jobs for Justice. For information, contact Jacelyn Keys at 383-7592.

Anyone wishing to attend this event who has special needs resulting from a physical disability should contact Gene Zinkgraf, ADA coordinator, at least three days in advance of the event. He can be reached at 383-7775 or through the college’s TTY number, 383-7708.

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COCC NURSING PROGRAM OFFERS ORIENTATION

Central Oregon Community College’s nursing department is offering an orientation session at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Room 151 of the Boyle Education Center on the COCC Bend campus.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the selection procedure for students interested in applying to COCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program as well as the prerequisites for applying and support courses necessary for the AAS degree. It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this orientation, and reservations are not needed.

Currently, COCC’s nursing program admits about 36 students each spring to begin fall-term course work. The admission process allows the nursing students to begin the program as a cohesive group, provide faculty members more opportunities for student interaction and offer more continuity within the program.

For information, call 383-7214.

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COCC OFFERS HELP MAKING CHOICES

Central Oregon Community College is offering “Making Choices: An Open House of COCC Programs and Degrees” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, in the COCC Library rotunda.

The event, which includes an orientation, campus tour and an opportunity to speak to COCC faculty, offers an opportunity for prospective and current students to gather information and ask questions to help make decisions about attending COCC, as well as choosing a major course of study.

The session is free and refreshments will be served. For information, call 383-7256.

Take a scenic ‘hike’ through French, Italian Alps

Exercise Physiologist & French Alps Hiking Coordinator, Hilloah Rohr will feature images of hiking and nordic skiing in the French and Italian Alps along with images of other fascinating areas and festive places to visit from parasailing in the Chartreuse to Provence.

This event will take place: 6:30 pm Sunday January 9th at the Athletic Club of Bend, Fireside Room.

The presentation with feature both the regional and national French and Italian parks where Hilloah yearly facilitates small groups. A firm believer in exploring the less trodden paths, Hilloah will take you on an unusual journey most visitors never experience. Rich in history and culture, you will quickly become immersed in these colorful regions. Dare to be different and come join us for an entertaining hour of hiking, nordic skiing and culture in the French/Italian style!

For more information: www.hilloah.com or call 541 330 6621.

Pacific Power offers ‘green power’ for Mayor’s Ball

Pacific Power announced Thursday that it is bringing a gust of green to the Bend Centennial Celebration’s Mayor’s Ball by providing 3 megawatts of Blue Sky wind power. The ball will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 4, the official 100th anniversary of Bend’s incorporation as a city.

“We think this fits well with our Centennial Celebration because renewable energy and sustainability are a critical part of our town’s next 100 years,” said Bend City Recorder Patty Stell.

“It’s one way we can make commemorate Bend’s past and look toward a more sustainable future in Central Oregon,” said Angie Jacobson, Pacific Power’s regional community manager. Jacobsen said that the renewable energy being given will offset 6,000 poundss of carbon dioxide. That’s the same as not driving a car 6,429 miles.

Along with cleaner air, renewables bring economic development to the state. The Blue Sky energy provided by Pacific Power is being generated at the nearby Stateline Wind Energy Farm.

Most of Blue Sky renewable energy comes from wind power. Wind is an attractive form of energy generation because it helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wind produces no air pollutants, wastewater, smog or acid rain.

Bend’s Centennial Celebrations in 2005 are presented by the Bend Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Bend’s Centennial, go to www.centennial.ci.bend.or.us.

The Mayors Ball will be held at the Boys and Girls Club in Bend, and will feature “Music. History. Food Through the Ages.” The Mayors Ball starts at 7 p.m. and suggested attire is evening dress, vintage to contemporary. Tickets are $35 each and a portion is tax deductible, benefiting the Celebrate Bend Foundation. They are on sale now at Bend Chamber of Commerce, 777 NW Wall Street; Boomtown, 910 NW Harriman; and the Payment Counter at City Hall, 711 NW Bond.

Those Pacific Power customers who wish to celebrate the Bend Centennial by greening their own homes and businesses can choose from among three renewable power options: Blue Sky Block wind power; Blue Sky Usage 100% renewable power; and Blue Sky Habitat, which combines renewable power purchases with fish habitat restoration. Large businesses have two options: Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Block and Blue Sky QS, which provides a discount for larger, longer-term purchases.

“No matter which option customers choose, buying Blue Sky renewable energy makes a substantial contribution to the environment,” Jacobson said.
Customers can sign up for Blue Sky renewable power by calling Pacific Power at 1-800-769-3717 or by visiting www.pacificpower.net/bluesky . Enrollment is optional and customers can increase their participation or withdraw at any time. Currently, about 17,770 Oregonians are enrolled in one of the three options.

Pacific Power ranks among the nation’s top five companies for renewable energy sales and customer participation in green pricing programs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power serves about 517,000 Oregon customers with reliable, safe, low-cost electricity. As part of PacifiCorp, the company operates as Pacific Power in Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and California; and as Utah Power in Utah and Idaho. PacifiCorp, is recognized as a national leader in promoting wind energy. Recently, the company was awarded the 2004 Utility Leadership Award from the American Wind Energy Association.

DeWolf votes against latest bidding exemption

You can tell that an issue before Deschutes County commissioners is tough, with ample pros and cons, when there are three split, 2-1 votes over a period of several months – and each time, a different county commissioner is on the losing end of the vote.

On Wednesday, at their last meeting of the year, it was Commissioner Tom DeWolf’s turn to vote no, as the board (acting as the county’s contract review board) voted 2-1 to adopt a resolution that exempts another contract from the competitive bidding process.

While the previous two split decisions involved construction projects (bendbugle.com/?p=20097), and the discussions involved the potential cost and time savings, this vote involved a “personal services” contract for a Portland consultant who already has been working with the county on fixing its disabled-access flaws under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

State law requires, in general, that public-entity contracts be advertised and given to the lowest “responsible bidder,” but it also allows exemptions, when certain findings are made. In the case of personal contracts, that involves determining that the consultant “has been reasonably established as a sole-source contractor or if there already exists a unique relationship/experience with the consultant,” according to the findings drafted by Susan Ross, county project manager.

The county, like the city of Bend, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice of complaints filed by local disabled-access advocates, which require extensive modifications to deal with identified issues and reach ADA compliance (bendbugle.com/?p=17733). Bob Pike of Environmental Access Inc, has been assisting the county on those issues (as well as the city) and plans to enter into a longer-term contract for the work.

“He’s a specialist,” county Administrator Mike Maier said. “He is handicapped, he’s an attorney, and he’s in a unique position to give us advice on correcting ADA issues.” Maier noted that Pike had been working with Ross and county Risk Manager Mike Viegas since “right after we got the complaint.”

With estimates of fixes for county facilities at $500,000 or more, Maier told commissioners that Pike “is probably holding us to an even higher standard than the law requires,” but quickly added that it was the right thing to do.

Two words in findings bother DeWolf

The findings for the competitive bid exemption – a hot topic of late, due to sharp criticism of the practice in newspaper editorials – noted that Pike’s firm also was hired by the state Elections Division to review disabled access to polling places around the state, and already has “obtained considerable knowledge of county building and facilities” through work on ADA issues.

“Because of the experience and expertise concerning county facilities acquired by the consultant during the course of the relationship with the county, it is reasonably likely that the contractor would be selected to perform this work if standard selection procedures were to be utilized,” the draft findings said.

Two words in the that sentence struck DeWolf wrong: “’reasonably likely’ – that doesn’t sound sole source to me.” So he voted no, as colleagues Mike Daly (who hands over the board chairmanship to DeWolf next week) and Dennis Luke voted to approve the competitive-bid exemption.

DeWolf also needled Daly for his statements at the time of the last vote, noting that Daly ahd voted three of four times to grant bid exemptions.

“That was a totally different situation,” Daly replied.

“Sure it is,” DeWolf said.

“A whole bunch,” Daly added.

“Uh huh,” DeWolf said.

As it happened, it wasn’t the only such competitive bidding exemption on Wednesday’s agenda. Commissioners voted 3-0 to approve a contract with Trillium Family Services for local-treatment foster care services at their new Bend facility, the first of its kind in the region (bendbugle.com/?p=16428).

Suzanne Donovan of the county Mental Health Department said Trillium can provide both outpatient and residential care, as well as foster care for youth, thus allowing families not to be split up or have to travel over the mountains in what can be dangerous winter conditions.

Commissioners also will hold a hearing Jan. 12 on yet another proposed exemption from competitive bidding, this one for the county’s federal lobbyist. After Wednesday’s meeting, DeWolf called that an “obvious one,” and noted, “Our contracts weren’t written properly, with a renewal clause.”

In other year-end business, commissioners approved a $6.3 million bond issue to finance the ADA fixes, the county courthouse remodeling, a new RV park and other improvements at the county fairgrounds in Redmond, and to pay for a study of jail expansion needs. A separate bond issue of up to $500,000 will finance local improvement district projects, repaid later by property owners.

County Treasurer/Finance Director Marty Wynne said they expect an intrest rate of about 4.6 percent for the 20-year bonds.

NE Oregon Guard unit heading for Afghanistan

PENDLETON – Nearly 100 citizen-soldiers from Detachment 1, D Company of the 113th Aviation Battalion in Pendleton will mobilize for duty in Afghanistan next week.

A mobilization ceremony will take place Jan. 3 at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Pendleton. After mobilizing, the unit will train at Fort Sill, Texas for a brief period before deploying for duty in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The unit will deploy with CH-47 Chinook helicopters. These are the dual-rotor helicopters capable of carrying large payloads to remote and austere locations. The aircraft are capable of lifting cargo, transporting troops, or carrying vehicles.

For information on the capabilities of the CH-47 Chinook, visit the U.S. Army website at http://www.army.mil/fact_files_site/chinook/.

There are currently more than 1,300 of Oregon’s citizen-soldiers deployed throughout the world. Approximately 1,265 are on duty in Iraq, 16 are in Afghanistan, and another 46 are on duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Another 100 soldiers are preparing to deploy to Iraq in January.

About 4,500 citizen-soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard and about 2,200 citizen-airmen in the Oregon Air National Guard remain on duty in the state to meet whatever needs may arise within Oregon.

Wild Oats slates variety of January events

Wild Oats January 2005 Event Calendar

6:25pm – 9:55pm
CHESS & GO GAME NIGHT
Visit the Wild Cafe every Monday evening for a rousing board game. Participation in both club games is free. For more information on Chess, call Gary at 389.1611. For Go information, call Mike at 385.9198.

6:30pm – 8:30pm
KNITTING CLUB
Jasper Hawkins from Gossamer-The Knitting Place will offer free knitting lessons every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come warm yourself by our crackling fire and bring your winter knitting projects.

11:00am – 1:00pm
ASK THE DOCTOR SERIES
Jeri Otterstrom, a Naturopathic Physician from Healing Tree Family Practice, specializes in homeopathy, pediatrics, ect. She will be on hand every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer your questions and to discuss your health concerns.

January 5
BREEMA
Jody & Dan Deland
FREE
Learn and exchange Breema bodywork sequences. Practice Self-Breema stretch-and-movement exercises. Experience the harmonizing effects of the nine Breema principles as you work with the Delands’ and with your own body.

January 8
11:00am – 3:00pm
FITNESS FAIR
FREE
Get your New Year off to a fresh start. Visit Wild Oats for recipes and food demos that support health and fitness. While you’re here visit with nutrition expert Ron Shinkle and Tai Chi intstructor Paul Benton. Check store for details.

January 12
12:00pm – 2:00pm
BOOK SIGNING
Ron Shinkle
FREE
Please join local nutrition expert and author, Ron Shinkle for a signing of his new book Carb Lean Protien Strong; The Complete Guide to Weightloss, Wellness, & Anti-Aging for the New Millenium. Check store for more details.

January 15
11:00am – 3:00pm
SUPERFOODS TASTING FAIR
FREE
Interested in which foods give you the most nutritional bang for caloric buck? Stop by for mouth-water samples and tempting recipes

January 16
11:00am – 1:00am
JAZZ & JAVA
DAVID BOWERS
FREE
Join local musicians as they feature original, organic tunes while our Cafe serves up a fresh pot of Fair Trade Coffee.

January 19
COMING OF AGE
Recipe Tasting
Visit the store and sample the scrumptious monthly recipe from Coming of Age Magazine.

January 22
11:00am – 3:00pm
HEALTH SCREENING EVENT
A cholesterol screener with low-cost testing will be available for $19.99, pre-registration required. Chris Brown will play original tunes from noon-2 p.m. Check with store for more details 389.0151.

January 29
11:00am – 3:00pm
SKIN & PERSONAL CARE EVENT
FREE
Stop by for recipes that promote healthy skin as well as tips on aging well naturally. While you’re here visit with Ecco Bella Skin Care consultant. Pre-registration required, visit store for details or call 389.0151.

Special gift of life still beating in Redmond woman

REDMOND – For Lois Millspaugh of Redmond, the week between Christmas and New Year’s brings an anniversary she’d rather forget. Six years ago this week, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure – a diagnosis that led to several years of pain, brushes with death, and ultimately, a heart transplant.

This New Year’s, she lives with the heart of a 14-year-old boy beating in her chest.

The 62-year-old grandmother has one message to offer everyone during the holiday season: “Make becoming an organ and tissue donor your New Year’s resolution.”

Organ and tissue donation has touched Millspaugh’s life in more ways than her own heart transplant. In 1996, she lost a daughter to leukemia. Her daughter, a Prineville resident, was a candidate for a bone marrow donation. She eventually ended up using her own marrow; however, the disease still persisted. When she passed away, she left three young daughters.

In 1998, Millspaugh and her husband, Toby, retired and moved from California to Redmond, to be closer to those granddaughters.

“It was about that time I began to be tired and started developing a cough,” Millspaugh said. I just kept thinking, ‘It’s the new house, the dust, a change in environment.'”

But that went on for about nine months, and by that December, she saw the cardiologist in Salem, who had to break the news to hear that her heart was failing.

For the next three years, Millspaugh endured blackouts, tests, medications, hospitalization and came very close to death. Finally, in 2001, doctors at Portland’s Oregon Health & Sciences University told her something she couldn’t believe – she would be immediately placed on the heart transplant waiting list. Her heart was failing her.

“I thought – a transplant – you’re not going to cut out my heart,” Millspaugh said. “And then I realized I didn’t really have any other options.”

About a month into her wait, her kidneys started failing, and her need was even more urgent. Three days after that, a heart donor was miraculously identified. The average wait for a heart transplant patient is typically six months to a year.

The heart came from a 14-year-old boy from Santa Rosa, California. He died on the operating table from a rare brain condition.

“It was an incredibly sad event for his family,” Millspaugh said. “But what a courageous decision they made in the moments of tragedy – they chose for their son to be an organ donor.”

In addition to Millspaugh’s heart, the boy’s family donated his lungs and liver to waiting patients, as well.

Today, Millspaugh has a relationship with her donor’s family. The boy’s grandparents have even visited her in Redmond.

“It’s been a good experience for us. We seem to have found a comfort level with one another,” Millspaugh said.

Another thing that has brought Millspaugh comfort has been her involvement as an advocate and volunteer for Oregon Donor Program – the region’s coalition for organ and tissue donation. For three years, Millspaugh has shared her story with church groups, civic organizations and anyone who will listen in an attempt to convince more people to become an organ donor. She also helps man the Oregon Donor Program booth at fairs, concerts and other Bend area events.

“People are afraid of talking about organ donation because it makes them deal with their own mortality,” Millspaugh said. “However, it’s so important that you not only check the “donor” designation on your driver’s license, but that you also share your intentions with your family.”

About Oregon Donor Program

By providing current information on organ and tissue donation, Oregon Donor Program, a non-profit organization, has been successfully advocating for improved donation laws, educating the public, and raising the region’s organ and tissue donation rate since 1975.

With the support of the area’s major organ and tissue transplant and donation programs, Oregon Donor Program manages public awareness and educational activities aimed at motivating both adults and high-school age individuals to become donors in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Public education is crucial; everyday, 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant and over 85,000 men, women and children in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. Roughly 1,900 of those individuals live in the Pacific Northwest. For more information or to request donor cards, visit www.ordonorprogram.org or call 800.452.1369