Melissa Sayson came to Oregon to pay it forward.
“I was in the process of getting spinal surgery,” Melissa says. “They told me I had a 70 percent chance I wouldn’t speak or walk again.”
At the same time, her relatives told her about their difficult jobs at a Tualatin home for people with disabilities. When her surgery was a success, Melissa explains, “I specifically came out here to work at that home. To give back to the people who couldn’t walk or speak because that could have been me.”