Colton Corner: Community responds to Portis family needs
On Oct. 17, Alisa Anjolie Portis was involved in a roll-over motor vehicle crash. She was life-flighted to Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).
According to a Facebook update, Portis was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, numerous brain bleeds, contusions, a large hematoma on the left side of her head and a fractured skull on the right side.
Last week, she was transferred to Salem Health Hospital and for the next two to three weeks she will have extensive rehabilitation therapy to help her brain function properly, help regain her memory and help her get back to doing normal daily tasks. Brain injuries take a lot of time to heal and a lot of rehab and relearning.
Two local restaurants are hosting fundraisers for the family.
Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 p.m., Goat Mountain Public House, 23788 South Highway 211, will be raising funds for the family with raffles, a photographer, a donation basket and a get creative and dress in purple contest.
As to why they are stepping up to help owner, Kristina Scott Miller said in a message, "Alisha was a patron here. We want to always be a part of community needs, and fundraising is the best place to do that. We have the space, and want to help.
"The nurse in me is instilled and believes that family should be at the bedside, but this is so hard for so many reasons and the first is financial needs," she continued. "Families forget about finances until a notice of foreclosure or shut off PGE bill comes. I truly didn't want to see a local family that is so dedicated to their family go through yet another hardship."
Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5-8 p.m. Colton Café, 21038 South Highway 211, will be donating all net profits to the Portis family. Owner Amy Hall said Colton community is always there to help each other and they are offering a way to help that happen.
There are plans for a can and bottle drive in the near future to help raise money, more details to follow.
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