Cancer

Finding bravery at Doernbecher

If you’ve been to Doernbecher recently, you may have noticed some new faces outside the 10th floor pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. These “Brave Bots,” designed and created by local artist Gary Hirsch, invite passersby to take a photo and explore one of the questions painted on the bots: Who helps you be brave? What’s your superpower? What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? The installation at Doernbecher is the first Brave Bot mural inside of a children’s … Read More

Meet MyMusicRx

A children’s hospital may not seem like the most likely place for a jam session or a guitar lesson, but it happens every day at Doernbecher through a Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) program called MyMusicRx. The CCA’s mission is to bring joy into the lives of seriously ill children, teens and their families, and MyMusicRx strives to do so by leveraging the healing power of music. Program specialists visit local medical facilities to interact with … Read More

#FreestyleFriday: OHSU employee Gabe Flores

OHSU employee Gabe Flores got his first pair of Nikes (blue and white with a single Velcro strap) when he was in the third grade. “I was the talk of the school!” he said.  The next year, he acquired his first pair of Nike Air Jordans. From the looks of things, it doesn’t appear that he’ll be slowing down anytime soon – he estimates that he has 70 pairs of shoes, 30 of which are … Read More

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

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