Fundraiser set for two Troutdale residents battling cancer
From 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 13, the Troutdale Black Rock Coffee Bar at 24699 S.E. Stark St. will donate $2 of every regular-priced drink to local residents Joe and Reena Teeny for the couple's cancer treatment and expenses.
In December 2020 Reena was diagnosed with breast cancer and within nine days underwent surgery. In February 2020 Reena's husband, Joe, underwent a 10-hour surgery for a tumor on his spinal cord. The tumor was inoperable and in March Joe was diagnosed with a rare grade 4 diffuse midline glioma. Later in March the two would undergo radiation treatment. Cancer treatment, travel and other expenses have made life difficult for the couple.
Joe and Reena are Troutdale residents who often volunteer their time to help the community. They also are very active members the Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring. Joe was a member of the Reynolds School Board from 2017 to 2021.
"They are really giving people and have always helped everyone else with donations and their time," said family friend Kelly Martinez. "Now it is time they get a little help."
Treatment, including chemo, caused Joe to be more dependent on his wheelchair. Funds raised at the event will go toward making their home wheelchair-accessible for Joe. Donations also will go toward the expense of making constant trips to California for experimental treatment for Joe's rare cancer. Reena has been able to work, while Joe's illness has made work impossible.
Those who want to donate directly to the family can do so at their GoFundMe page.
Joe and Reena have two children, Jacob and Jasmine Teeny. Jacob attends college at Oregon State University but comes home every weekend to help his parents. Jasmine is a Biola University graduate who works at a nonprofit organization that supports marginalized children called Friends International in Guildford, England.
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