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    April 14, 2017 • Seaside Signal • • 3A
Seaside community rallies for baby Daxton
Baby diagnosed
with brain tumor
Rebecca Herren
For Seaside Signal
The Seaside Fire and Rescue De-
partment will host a spaghetti feed
dinner and fundraiser for the Bruce
and Ashley Olson family from 5 to
8 p.m. Saturday, April 15 at the fire
station. Cost for the dinner is $10 for
adults and $25 for a family. A silent
auction will start at 7 p.m.
In October 2016, Bruce and Ash-
ley welcomed the addition of a happy
and healthy baby boy named Daxton
to their growing family. At the age of
three months, Daxton was diagnosed
with an inoperable brain tumor clas-
sified as astrocytoma.
According to the National Cancer
Institute, childhood astrocytoma can
be benign or malignant; causes are
unknown; and signs and symptoms
are different for each child. Astro-
cytoma is a tumor that starts in star-
shaped brain cells called astrocytes,
and is a type of glial cell.
Glial cells hold nerve cells in
place, bring food and oxygen to the
cells, and help protect them from
disease and infection. Gliomas are
tumors that form from glial cells and
an astrocytoma is a type of glioma,
the most common type of glioma di-
agnosed in children.
However, baby Daxton’s astro-
cytoma has been a mystery to the
medical team at OHSU Doernbech-
er Children’s Hospital in Portland,
as well as with medical teams from
Ashley, Brody, Madison and Bruce Olson holding baby Daxton.
family to travel back and forth from
Seaside to Portland each week.
Although the Olsons’ insurance
covers some of the medical costs,
the mounting medical bills, travel
expenses and a slowing workload at
their tile and masonry business due to
around the country at this particular
type of growth.
While initial tests proved incon-
clusive, his doctors believe the tumor
is growing at a slow rate. In February,
Daxton began a 15-month chemo-
therapy treatment plan, causing the
time away, has made their life more
complicated and a bit topsy-turvy for
Daxton’s two siblings.
Leaving little time for pause, the
Olsons and baby Daxton have a long
road ahead.
When asked about the benefit,
‘Dash to Safety’ 5K run returns to Seaside
The City of Seaside and
Sunset Empire Park and Rec-
reation District are partnering
up for the second year in a
row this spring. The Seaside
Dash to Safety, a 5K run and
walk will headline activities
on Saturday, May 6 aimed at
getting out to play while also
raising awareness for emer-
gency preparedness.
The single 5K race will
begin at 9 a.m. at the Sea-
side Cove. Punctuating the
morning jaunt will be the Sea-
side Family Safety Fair that
takes place at the finish line
at Seaside Heights Elemen-
tary School. The safety fair,
an all-ages, adult and family
planning event, was moved
from the Seaside Firehouse
in 2016 in effort to offer more
activities in a bigger environ-
The 5K will begin at the
Seaside Cove, take runners
along Ocean Vista Drive and
up the Seaside Promenade to
the Turnaround. From there,
runners will head east along
Broadway until they reach
Wahanna Road. The final
stretch will travel south along
Wahanna to Spruce Drive
and finally finish at Seaside
To keep the emergency
preparedness theme at the
forefront of participants’
minds, the race will official-
ly begin with the Tsunami
Warning System acting as the
official starter. Race timing
company Eclectic Edge will
be on hand, as will countless
sponsors and partners to sup-
port the 9 a.m. start time.
The Safety Fair will run
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and
feature a bike rodeo for kids,
as well as a car seat clinic
sponsored by Safe Kids. In-
formation vendors focused on
safety include fire, ambulance
and water safety education,
pedestrian safety, a child I.D.
clinic as well as informa-
tion on north coast parenting
and poison safety. Plans are
also being made to have fire
trucks, an armored car and
Warrenton-based Life Flight’s
helicopter on hand. Seaside
Fire and Rescue plans to serve
free hot dogs to all attendees.
As has been the case in past
safety fairs, numerous prizes
will be given away, including
a drawing for two youth bikes.
Registration is available
through and
Sunset Empire. Race packets
can be picked up the day of
at Seaside Heights starting at
8 a.m. Shuttle service will be
provided from the Heights to
the Seaside Cove beginning at
8:30 a.m.
Division Chief Chris Dugan said
the dinner is a full spaghetti dinner
including salad and garlic bread.
Adding that items for the silent auc-
tion are still coming in and the fire
and rescue team are hurrying to pull
it all together for a successful event.
“We’ve received a number of excit-
ing items from all over the city that
will be available for the silent auc-
tion,” Dugan said.
Both Chief Joey Daniels and Du-
gan commented on the close con-
nection the Olson family has with
the fire department. Bruce’s father
Rick Olson was a local logger and
volunteer fireman — then captain —
for more than 20 years. Following
their father’s example, Bruce and his
brother Jason joined the department
right out of high school and volun-
teered for about five years.
“And that’s the whole reason why
we wanted to do this and help the
family — they’re one of our own,”
added Dugan.
Another way to help with the add-
ed medical costs the Olsons have in-
curred is to donate to Dimes for Dax-
ton, an online funding site organized
by family friend Jon Rahl. “Dimes
for Daxton is a small gesture that can
help insure this family is able to keep
up with all of their bills while giving
as much attention as possible to their
little guy and two other children,”
said Rahl. “The family is extreme-
ly thankful for all of the thoughts,
prayers and good vibes you are able
to send their way.”
The fire station is located at 150
S. Lincoln St., behind Seaside City
Tuesday, April 18
Thursday, April 20
Sunset Empire Parks and
Rec District, 4 p.m., 1225 Ave.
A, Seaside.
Gearhart Planning Com-
mission, 6 p.m., City Hall, 698
Pacific Way.
Seaside School District, 6
p.m., 1810 S. Franklin, Seaside.
Seaside Transportation Ad-
visory Commission, 6 p.m.,
City Hall, 989 Broadway.
Seaside Planning Commis-
sion, 7 p.m., work session,
City Hall, 989 Broadway.
Wednesday, April 19
Seaside Tourism Advisory
Committee, 3 p.m., City Hall,
989 Broadway.
Monday, April 24
Seaside City Council, 7 p.m.,
City Hall, 989 Broadway.
Tuesday, May 2
Seaside Community and
Senior Commission, 10 a.m.,
1225 Avenue A.
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