Rallying around Bristol and her family
In response to the incredible hardship of cancer striking a young Prineville resident, the Prineville community has once again demonstrated that they are ready and willing to rally around a family in need.
Chelsie Dixon and Clayton Hagen's baby girl, Bristol Hagen, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on July 1, 2019.
About two months after taking her home from the hospital, the ordeal started with a bump on her forehead, which quickly turned into multiple bumps. Then she developed swollen lymph nodes on the back of her neck.
The family took her to Bend for more testing, and received the devastating diagnosis of Leukemia. They immediately packed up their three children and headed to OHSU Doernbecher's in Portland. This children's hospital offers the region's broadest range of pediatric treatments, and to more children in more places than any other hospital in Oregon or Southwest Washington. More than half of Oregon pediatricians were trained at Doernbecher's.
AML is a cancer of the white blood cells. There are not different stages to this like other cancers, because it is in the blood throughout the entire body. Upon diagnosis, Bristol had to begin chemotherapy treatments.
In a recent Prineville City Council meeting, City of Prineville Police Chief Dale Cummins made the announcement of the heartbreaking news, and what the department and community are doing to support the family.
"One of my newer officers, Clayton Hagen, and his girlfriend, Chelsea, had a baby — and at three months old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. They will be at Doernbechers for the next 30 days, as the child has to go through a 30-day regimen of chemotherapy to see if that will work. If not, there will be bone marrow transplants and other things they will be trying to do.
"So we kind of kicked it off, and started trying to raise money for the family, because these medical bills are going to get out of control pretty quickly."
He added that the police department wanted to figure out how they could support the family without getting the city directly involved.
A GoFundMe page on Facebook was started by Nadine Seymour, Cpt. Larry Seymour's wife—as a private citizen. To date, the fund has raised more than $9,670. The Police Officer's Association is selling hats and bracelets. They are selling a variety of things for fundraisers, and "Bristol Strong" is their hashtag for this event.
In addition, an account has been set up in Clayton Hagen's name at Mid Oregon Credit Union to accept donations.
The community has started to also kick into gear to help the family, and several other fundraisers have been started. A Twilight Co-Ed softball tournament will be held Aug. 17 and 18 at Kilowatt and Stryker Field in Prineville. The cost is $350 entry fee per team. This tournament is being sponsored by Prineville Women's Softball Association, Crook County Parks and Recreation and local softball players.
There will also be a "Bristol's Fight" Benefit and Auction on Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The community is invited to come and enjoy dinner, live music and a silent auction. There will be entertainment by local D.J. Adam Kraus with Kraus Haus Entertainment.
Other fundraisers include hats, bracelets, and car window decals.
Another fundraiser is planned for Oct. 12. A poker tournament will be held at the Prineville Elks Lodge. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a dinner planned for 5 p.m.
Also during the Crooked River Roundup Race Meet, members of the Prineville Police Department went around collecting donations for the Hagen family Friday and Saturday evening. They raised $6,985.
"Our (police) family is working very hard, and have had a lot of good things. They called the Portland Police, and they immediately sent people out to the hospital, and got (Clayton) into a hotel right away on behalf of the Portland Police Bureau and their Chaplaincy," said Cummins.
Chaplaincies from around the state have also come together to assist the family.
Cpt. Seymour previously attended the FBI academy, and FBI members have already begun showing up at the hospital to bring stuffed animals and items to support and comfort Bristol's siblings as well.
"We are trying to keep separation of the City and this funding event," emphasized Cummins.
If you want to help with any of the fundraisers, please contact the Prineville Police Department at 541-447-4168 and ask for the front desk. Checks can be addressed to the Prineville Police Officer's Association.
A co-ed softball tournament wil be held on Aug. 17 and 18 at Stryker Field. Entry fee is $350; ASA bats, double elimination; homeruns $5 each; The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a bounce house, dunk tank, fire truck, SWAT and police tours, and "Bristol Strong" merchandise for sale. At 6 p.m., there will be a pulled pork dinner for $10.
Contact information call Billie Jean at 541-589-4303 or Hippy at 541-362-6145.
"Bristol's Fight" Benefit and Auction will be held on Sept. 28 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will take place at 7401 NW Lamonta Road, in Prineville. The community is invited to come and enjoy dinner, live music and a silent auction. There will be entertainment by local D.J. Adam Kraus with Kraus Haus Entertainment. Cost is $35.
The poker tournament fundraiser will be held at the Prineville Elks Lodge. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a dinner planned for 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Prineville Police Department Facebook page or call Kathryn at 541-233-9854.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)