SEASIDE —The Seaside Fire and Rescue Department will host a spaghetti feed dinner and fundraiser for the Bruce and Ashley Olson family from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday 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, the Olsons welcomed a happy and healthy baby boy named Daxton to their growing family. At the age of 3 months, Daxton was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor classified 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. Astrocytoma 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 diagnosed in children.
However, baby Daxton’s astrocytoma has been a mystery to the medical team at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, as well as with medical teams from around the country at this particular type of growth.
While initial tests proved inconclusive, his doctors believe the tumor is growing at a slow rate. In February, Daxton began a 15-month chemotherapy treatment plan, causing the 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 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, Division Chief Chris Dugan said the dinner is a full spaghetti dinner including salad and garlic bread. Adding that items for the silent auction 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 exciting items from all over the city that will be available for the silent auction,” Dugan said.
Both Chief Joey Daniels and Dugan commented on the close connection 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 volunteered 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 added medical costs the Olsons have incurred is to donate to Dimes for Daxton, an funding site organized by family friend Jon Rahl. “Dimes for Daxton is a small gesture that can help ensure 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 extremely thankful for all of the thoughts, prayers and good vibes you are able to send their way.”
The Seaside Fire and Rescue fire station is located at 150 S. Lincoln St. behind Seaside City Hall.