Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Donovan Doroski’s trip to Seattle, Wash., to treat his stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma promised to be anything but easy.
The 20-year-old Hood River man is fighting hard to beat his cancer since receiving the diagnosis in November 2011, just a few months after graduating Hood River Valley High School. Over the past couple of years, Donovan’s doctors have employed different methods to help treat his disease, including chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant, with varying degrees of success.
Donovan traveled to Seattle last month for additional chemo and to get ready to receive a bone marrow transplant from his father, Keith Doroski, which was scheduled for Wednesday. But while he was preparing for the procedures, Donovan ran into another, rather unexpected hurdle soon after his arrival: His car was stolen from the parking garage of the downtown Seattle hotel where he was staying.
The vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee outfitted with several aftermarket accessories, was Donovan’s pride and joy as well as a means of transportation. Donovan bought the vehicle by saving up money he made from his job at the Little Bit Ranch Supply in Hood River before his cancer made it too difficult to work.
The theft received media coverage in Seattle, Portland, as well as the Columbia River Gorge as the Seattle Police Department worked to track down the vehicle. It was eventually found two days after the theft, stripped to the point where the Doroskis were unsure whether the vehicle was safe enough to drive.
Donovan’s mother, Isabelle, says it didn’t take long for the offers of help to come pouring in.
“We want to thank Nelson Tires and Les Schwab Tire Center for their offers of wheels and tires and also C.H. Urness in The Dalles for offering a stereo,” she said in a Facebook message to the News. “We had to turn them down as other businesses [in the Seattle area] had already offered. We are so lucky to live in Hood River amongst such wonderful people!”
Isabelle said two Marysville, Wash., businesses — PEP Boys and Sound Werks — have donated wheels, tires, a battery, a stereo, window tinting, and an alarm system to replace items that were stripped out of the vehicle. The Jeep is currently at Auburn Car Repair and Offroad in Auburn, Wash., where it is receiving additional maintenance.
Isabelle added that people have been asking where to donate to help pay for Donovan’s expensive treatment. Those wishing to donate can go to gofundme.com/77lbxo, www.fundingjar.com/projects/143/project-info, or deposit funds into Donovan’s donation account at the Pacific NW Federal Credit Union on Pacific Avenue in Hood River.
“We are so amazed that after two years of this ordeal, people in our community still care and still want to support emotionally and financially,” Isabelle said.
While the Jeep is getting repaired, Donovan will be worked on himself by doctors at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Last week, Donovan had surgery to insert a tube into his chest used to mainline chemo drugs and endured five days of 12-hour chemo treatments, followed by one day of full-body radiation. After the bone marrow transplant, some of Keith’s natural killer cells will be collected and infused into Donovan, with the hope that the cells will find and destroy any remaining cancer cells that may be present in his body.
Isabelle, who works as a plant operations planner at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, said her bosses, Tyler Andersen and Jean Sheppard, and her coworkers have been “unbelievable” in the support they have shown her throughout Donovan’s illness — including picking up extra tasks and allowing her to work remotely so she can spend more time with her son.
These gestures of compassion have helped remind Isabelle of the positive aspects of human nature despite what was done to her son’s Jeep.
“The world is still filled with kind-hearted people,” she noted, “and it is amazing to see.”
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge