Jim Fee inspired many with charity


by Laural Porter, KGW Staff


Posted on October 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 10:20 AM

PORTLAND -- You may not have heard of Jim Fee. He was quiet and humble, but was the force behind great things – including a world-wide charity based right here in Portland.

He inspired all those who knew him, and now, all those who knew him are mourning his loss.

I met Jim nearly two years ago when we reached out to do a story on the founder of the charity, Julius Achon.

Julius is a two-time Olympian, former child soldier, and now a humanitarian. Jim and Julius met after Jim retired from a 40-year career in the medical device industry.

Over the next four years, Jim and Julius built the Achon Uganda Children's Fund. They have supported dozens of orphans, brought clean water to a village, and established the region's first medical clinic that has already treated thousands and is expanding.

Jim died this week after a bicycle accident in California. His death has deeply saddened all of us who knew him. However, we feel uplifted and inspired by the example he has set.

Personally, I want to help carry on his good works.

I will be forever grateful to Jim Fee, Julius Achon, and their families for allowing me to play a small role in their powerful life story.

Julius has said he wants to show what one humble person can do. Jim Fee has indeed shown us that and more.

Please watch our story on Julius and Jim Fee. I think you'll be inspired, too.

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