Lizzy’s Doernbecher story

When 10-year-old Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Lizzy Olivan came down with a fever last summer, her mom Beatriz knew something wasn’t right. We sat down to learn more about Lizzy (now 11) and her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). *** Can you tell us more about Lizzy’s diagnosis? Last August, she came down with a fever. I gave her some Tylenol and kept a close eye on her. After four days, I took her to … Read More

Five things you might not know about cancer survivorship

1. Worry doesn’t go away when cancer does. While completing the final chemotherapy and/or radiation appointment is a huge milestone in the family’s journey, just because active treatment is over does not mean that the family is “out of the woods.” Active treatment can provide an easy focus for the family’s worry, and once that has completed, the family must transition to a new “waiting game.” We often hear that transitioning away from frequent hospital … Read More

A Q&A with Pediatric Hem/Onc nurse Lily

Happy Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day! We appreciate our incredible nurses every day of the year, but wanted to show some extra love for the RNs who care for our Hem/Onc patients. We snagged a few minutes with Registered Nurse Lily Doebler to ask why she chose this career, what inspires her and more! What made you decide you wanted to be a Hem/Onc nurse? After I finished my undergraduate degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do. … Read More

The power of pretend: Chelsea’s Closet brings dress-up and play to hospitalized children

For a hospitalized child, a chance to play, imagine and socialize is powerful medicine. Jason and Alison Hicks experienced this firsthand with their daughter, Chelsea, during her cancer treatments at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Below, Alison shares her daughter’s story and explains how the Chelsea Hicks Foundation is bringing joy to patients like Chelsea, one costume at a time. *** When our two older daughters and Chelsea’s cousins visited her at Doernbecher, they brought dress-up … Read More

Fun in the sun that’s healthy for the skin

With the heat wave finally receding, now’s the perfect time to take your children outdoors and enjoy all the beauty of the Northwest. While staying active, experiencing nature and getting more vitamin D are all important for your little ones, it’s also important to remember sun safety. The sun produces two main types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation that impact skin health: UVA and UVB. The two differ in their wavelengths – UVA has longer wavelengths … Read More

Celebrating tenacity: Doernbecher Hospital School Program graduation 2015

Every year, students from all grades in our Hospital School Program participate in a graduation ceremony. Like any end-of-year convocation, there’s pomp and circumstance, smiles and tears and plenty of time to reflect on the previous year and its challenges and accomplishments. “Graduation is important for so many reasons,” said Hem/Onc teacher Anna Balmaseda. “It’s one way we can bring an experience into the hospital that students would otherwise miss. It’s also an opportunity for … Read More

Volunteer spotlight: Meet Chemo Pal mentors Jennifer, Allie and Jen

Meet Jennifer Thornton, Allie Busby and Jen Peckham, three OHSU employees who volunteer as Chemo Pal mentors, a Children’s Cancer Association program that matches adults with kids undergoing cancer treatment. Chemo Pal mentors are easy to spot in Doernbecher’s halls with their purple shirts and oversized duffle bags, which are filled with games and toys. Their visits provide parents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with physicians or take much-needed breaks from their child’s hospital room. … Read More

A ‘purrfect’ pair: Meet Doernbecher volunteers Huck and Carol

You’ll know Doernbecher volunteer Huck Finn when you see him. Huck is a quiet, laid-back cat with a “checkered past,” according to his owner, Carol Markt. His age is unknown, but Carol speculates that he’s about 9 years old. He had a rough start to life, having been abandoned in an apartment building by his previous owners – if only they knew how much joy he would one day bring to the lives of Doernbecher … Read More

Doernbecher’s Child Life specialists: “We’re here for you and you can do this”

This Child Life Month, we’re celebrating the team that supports the emotional and developmental needs of children and families while they’re at Doernbecher. Below, Child Life specialists Peggy Adams, Kimberly Kuehnert and Hannah Ono explain why they chose this career path and how it can be both rewarding and challenging. Why did you decide to become a Child Life Specialist? My decision to become a Child Life Specialist (CCLS) came in a roundabout way. All … Read More

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

Doernbecher Best in the Country U.S. News & World Report

Doernbecher Best in the Country U.S. News & World Report


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