An almost 20-year secret donation ends with a $10,000 gift to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center
Kenneth Roegner gave his two sons a list of specific charitable donations to make out of their inheritance upon his passing. The Legacy Oregon Burn Center (OBC) was one. The Roegners honored their late father’s wish and donated $10,000 to Oregon’s only burn center to use at its discretion.
“Dad said certain causes were important to him and mom,” says son Randy Roegner. “Both of our parents have passed away so we’re pleased to honor their request and make this donation.
Kelly Shields, assistant nurse manager at the OBC, says these unexpected donations go to good use. "This allows us to obtain additional programs or services to help our patients heal from their burn injuries or to improve their quality of life once they're released."
What Randy didn’t know was why the OBC. Also, he was unaware that his father had given the OBC $25 a year since 1999.
Randy guessed it was because his dad, an air force veteran, worked 35 years at the Oregon Bureau of Land Management, mainly in forest fire prevention and suppression. “My dad realized the importance of fire education, prevention and suppression when it came to our natural resources and I guess he wanted to help those victimized by fire." The Bureau of Land Management protects the lands, wildlife, natural landscapes, recreational areas, and public from wildland fires. Any firefighter who suffers an injury would likely get treated at the OBC.
“This donation is also about our parents’ compassion for people affected by tragedy in our community,” says Randy. "We'll never know why dad kept his donation a secret, but he was certainly thinking about how he could continuing helping others after his passing."
The Legacy Oregon Burn Center, located on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus, provides critical and acute care to pediatric and adult patients in Oregon and throughout the west. It is the only burn center between Seattle, Sacramento and Salt Lake City.
For more information, contact Vicki Guinn, Legacy Emanuel Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 413-2939.
Photos courtesy of Randy Roegner: Ken Roegner in the US Air Force; Mr. and Mrs. Roegner; Randy Roegner and his wife, Lynda.