Cancer

Brain cancer patient pledges to ‘Kick Cancer’s Booty’ — one dollar at a time

Eleven-year-old Alexa, known to her friends and family as “Princess Lexy,” wants to kick cancer’s booty. Diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 14 months old, Alexa has had multiple major surgeries to combat the brain tumor and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for seven years. In 2012, she lost her vision. Alexa receives bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. When Alexa’s mom, Monica, heard about Phil Knight’s $1 billion challenge to OHSU … Read More

The healing power of the Blue Butterfly provides hope to children with leukemia

It was the phone call that no parent wants to get: “Max has leukemia and we think it’s a rare form,” said the doctor. I was getting a haircut and had to leave the salon immediately, not sure if I would vomit on the sidewalk or pass out. I was in a fog the whole drive home, tears flooding my eyes. The normally short drive home took forever. I needed to hug my boy. Max … Read More

Vancouver’s Trey Foote Foundation raises $12K for OHSU Doernbecher, Knight Cancer Challenge

The International Air and Hospitality Academy recently sponsored the second annual Trey Foote Foundation fundraising dinner to support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital — specifically Dr. Charles Keller’s Lab. The event was a huge success with more than 100 people in attendance. Dr. Keller spoke about the advances his team and his fellow researchers from OHSU Doernbecher and the Knight Cancer Institute are making, but the true star of the night was Olivia. Olivia is a 15-year-old young lady who … Read More

Resilience

In my work as a pediatric brain and spine surgeon at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and OHSU Hospital, I get to meet some pretty amazing children. Alex Shepherd most certainly counts among them. Alex came to Doernbecher after a seizure led to diagnosis of a brain tumor. Despite the presence of an 11 cm long ‘C’-shaped mass in the depths of Alex’s brain, he remained a charismatic and enthusiastic 10-year-old. Except for the moments of … Read More

Doernbecher Fanconi Anemia specialist invites you to walk/run for a cure

As pediatricians we care for children with a wide spectrum of illness and injury. Some of them are life-threatening, some more mundane, most heal. Children grow, parents are grateful and pediatricians thrive on the validation both provide. Only sometimes the news is that things will not get better, will last a long time and children will not grow to be their unencumbered, exuberant and irreverent selves. Fanconi Anemia, or FA, is a rare, 1 in … Read More

Nine fifth-grade philanthropists take on the Knight Cancer Challenge

Nine young ladies, inspired by Phil and Penny Knight’s cancer challenge, raised $400 weaving and selling bracelets to their family, friends and neighbors to help “end cancer as we know it.” The girls presented a check to cancer research Dr. Bill Chang at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Oct. 15. Thank you, Looms for the Cure! At first two of us were making popular bracelets out of colored rubber bands. As the bracelets got more and more popular, two more … Read More

Introducing Nike Doernbecher Freestyle designers for 2013 — Elijah Diggins

Elijah Diggins doesn’t like to brag. He’ll tell you he likes to play baseball, then you’ll learn that his team won the state championship and was featured on ESPN. He’ll say he’s a pretty good pitcher, then his dad will point out all the boards that have been knocked out of their garden shed by his son’s killer throw (Elijah conscientiously replaces everyone). The point is, behind all that modesty is a tenacious kid with … Read More

‘Light the Night’ with OHSU Doernbecher’s Dr. Linda Stork

I’ll be walking “Light the Night” this year, as I do every year, alongside hundreds of folks propelled by memories, hope and courage. Some of us walk as cancer survivors; others walk to honor loved ones. As a childhood cancer specialist, I walk to celebrate the lives of my patients — many alive, some dead  – who have taught me profound lessons of life. Light the Night is a fundraising event of the Leukemia & … Read More

Fifth Doernbecher Freestyle fan favorite to be rereleased Aug. 31

Pairing cancer-conquering teen Lance Dillon with legendary Nike designer Mark Smith back in 2007 resulted in one of Doernbecher Freestyle’s most memorable shoe designs. The custom Nike Dunk Low is the fifth to be rereleased in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Doernbecher Freestyle program. Lance’s shoes will be available for purchase on Saturday, Aug. 31, at select Nike retail locations and on nike.com. (Visit insider.nike.com, for more information about Shelby’s shoes.) Lance Dillon was … Read More

Doernbecher Freestyle 10th anniversary fan favorite No. 2 to be rereleased July 20

We are excited to announce that Cole Johanson’s 2010 Air Jordan 3 Retros are the second set of shoes to be rereleased this summer in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Doernbecher Freestyle program. Cole’s fiery red kicks were a favorite among sneaker collectors and will be available Saturday, July 20, at nikestore.com and in select Nike retail locations across the country. Cole was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma at age 9 while vacationing with his family … Read More

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