A 16-year-old boy from New Zealand with Huntington's disease will arrive in Wallowa County Oct. 1 for a 20-day stay as a result of long-term contact with the Enterprise-based Generations of Hope nonprofit organization.
"His name is Adam," said Generations chief executive officer Traci Lynn Rordan, who preferred not to make his last name public. "We're very excited about him coming."
The boy from New Zealand will be accompanied by his mother, Pauline, and they will stay at a cabin at Wallowa Lake made available to them for most of his stay by Lowell and Jan Euhus of Enterprise.
As part of his trip and through arrangements made by Generations of Hope, Adam will leave Wallowa County Oct. 20 to fly to San Diego to be examined by Huntington's disease specialist Dr. Jody Corey Bloom.
Bloom is one of the doctors of Bob Baker of Joseph, who has Huntington's disease.
Rordan is Bob Baker's sister and is herself at risk because their father died from the disease, as is her daughter Felicity. Baker and Rordan's mother, Jan Baker, is executive director of the Generations of Hope organization.
One of Generations of Hope's goals is to establish a summer camp in Wallowa County for those with genetic illnesses like Huntington's and those at risk for genetic diseases. While their original plan was to attempt to get grants and raise money to buy property for the camp, a recent unsolicited offer was made by the U.S. Forest Service for a special use permit to use at Thomason Meadows north of Enterprise.
The first Generations of Hope camp will be held for at risk youth next June.
The nonprofit group continues to raise money, but now for such things as transportation to the camp, scholarships, camp beds and other needs. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Generations of Hope, P.O. Box 832, Joseph OR 97846.
For more information, visit the organization's Web site at www.generationsofhope.tripod.com or call 541-263-0967 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.