Help decide what’s next for OHSU’s free sunscreen program

A new online survey aims to learn more about your sun protection habits and help determine next steps for OHSU’s free sunscreen dispensers. Participants have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the Department of Dermatology installed free sunscreen dispensers at the OHSU Farmers Market and the Go by Bike area near the lower Tram terminal this summer. Now, the organizations are inviting users to share their thoughts about the dispensers … Read More

Get Your Rear In Gear with #TeamOHSU

At 29, Dan Hawkins wasn’t thinking about cancer. He was busy working, traveling, following his favorite sports teams and playing poker. But his diagnosis inspired him to organize Portland’s “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K walk and run, an event to boost awareness about colon cancer and raise funds for local cancer screening programs.

Knight Cancer Institute researcher fights cancer with world-class athletes

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute researcher Amy Moran, Ph.D., is working with USA Track & Field athletes and the American Cancer Society to raise money for the fight against cancer. The “Together: Nothing Is Impossible” campaign features Moran in a public service announcement with two-time Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor and 2014 USA Track & Field indoor champion Gabe Grunewald, a cancer survivor. The campaign encourages Americans to pledge money for each medal U.S. athletes win … Read More

Collaboration gives distant patients access to specialized cancer treatment

After Claudia Burton’s mother died of ovarian cancer, always on the back of her mind was the possibility she too might have to confront it one day. That didn’t make it easier when the day came. “I assumed it was a death sentence,” says Burton, who was 73 when she was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. She underwent chemotherapy in Salem, followed by surgery in Portland. Then she had more chemotherapy treatment back in … Read More

Ask an expert, see a photo tribute, raise awareness at ‘War on Skin Cancer’ event

The third annual “War on Skin Cancer” event will bring OHSU researchers, patients and community members together to educate and advance the science of skin cancer prevention and treatment on Saturday, May 20. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and will offer attendees the opportunity to participate in skin cancer research, hear directly from experts and local dermatologists, and receive tips for sun safety and … Read More

Joe and Jodi: a love story

“She’s still here with me.” When we sat down with Joe and Jodi Whitton to discuss Jodi’s lung cancer journey, the conversation quickly turned to their 48 years of life together. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share a piece of their story. Joe and Jodi met as teenagers – about six months before Joe left for Vietnam. A blind date led to a game of checkers and the rest, as they say, … Read More

World Cancer Day and the Hope of Targeted Therapy

Today is World Cancer Day and for Joe and Jodi Whitton, it’s a day to celebrate another year of life together. In August of 2015, Jodi’s family took her to a nearby hospital to be treated for what they thought was a bad case of pneumonia. It was there that she learned she had Stage 4 lung cancer. The attending physician offered little hope, advising her to go into hospice care. Joe Whitton, Jodi’s husband … Read More

A performance to remember

Seventy-year-old Suse Skinner lights up the room with her smile, positivity and humor. She is an artist, a caregiver, and was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, a type of blood cancer. From the moment she arrived at OHSU, “Suse was loved by all,” says Shelly Belknap, R.N. “Her pretty hats and bright blue eyes make any face mask a fashion statement, and we’ve gotten to know her well.” This isn’t the first … Read More

Race for the Cure: Shirley’s story

For Shirley Ira, participating as a Race for the Cure team captain is both personal and professional: an experience that blends her many years coordinating care for oncology patients at OHSU Casey Eye Institute (CEI) with some personal losses. In 1991 the Susan G. Komen Foundation was about to launch its first Race for the Cure event in the Portland area and Ira had volunteered to be a team captain, representing CEI: at the time, … Read More

Race for the Cure: a mother’s legacy

For Race for the Cure Team Captain Jill Mason, participating in the Susan G. Komen breast cancer fundraiser and outreach event in Portland each year is a family event inspired by a woman who is dearly loved and remembered. After their mother, Cricket, died of breast cancer in the Spring of 1993, Mason and her sister rallied family members together to participate in the walk the following year. “Cricket’s Crew hasn’t missed a year since … Read More

Why 96,000 Square Miles?

OHSU Health Fair at Pioneer Square.

President Robertson is fond of saying that OHSU has a 96,000 square mile campus, serving Oregonians “from Enterprise to Coos Bay, from Portland to Klamath Falls.”

This blog aims to highlight that breadth. 96,000 Square Miles (96K for short) will focus on the people of OHSU, the Oregonians we serve and the ripple effect of our work in Oregon and beyond.

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