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An important message from Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Jacob

Hello! It’s Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designer Jacob Burris here. My shoe designs are coming along great. I hope that they are going to blow your minds!!! I wanted to share a little something about myself and other congenital heart defect (CHD) survivors. A lot of people tend to think that I am all better now, or “fixed” after my heart surgery. Well, the truth is that most people with a CHD have to take medicine to regulate … 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

Meet Hope, Doernbecher’s hospital facility dog

“Can I take her home with me?” It’s one of the questions Child Life Program Manager Sandy Westfall hears most often from Doernbecher patients (and, occasionally, employees) when they first meet Hope, Doernbecher’s new facility dog. Below, we answer more questions about the dog who’s bringing hope to our halls, one smile at a time. What does Hope do at Doernbecher? As “chief canine officer,” Hope’s job is to provide emotional support, therapy and love … Read More

About the man who put kids’ health on the national research agenda

Healthcare practice and medical science are dominated by the diseases many of us may acquire at some point in our lives. Not surprisingly, many of the diseases that affect children get short shrift and the underlying science often lacks adequate funding. Seldom do we escape this pseudo logic whereby rare disease research provides a poor return on investment – in other words, few cases equals low impact. On March 9, David Frohnmayer passed away. Dave … Read More

2014 in review: small patients, big stories.

It’s difficult to capture and share even a fraction of the amazing stories that happen every single day at OHSU Doernbecher – and you know what? This is a marvelous challenge to face. From technological advancements to a remarkable former Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patient’s lemonade stand fundraiser, we took a look back to see which stories had the greatest impact on you, our reader. Here’s what we learned: You care about kids’ health, happiness and safety … Read More

Gifts for good

Here at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, we’re very fortunate to partner with organizations and community members who donate their time and money to help us help kids. This is especially evident during the holiday season, when volunteers descend in droves on Doernbecher to decorate units, sing carols and donate stuffed animals (among about a million other great things they do year-round). We want to take a moment to thank the organizations that work to benefit … 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

A note of thanks from 8-year-old former NICU patient Elle

Hi my name is Elle. I’m 8 years old and in the third grade. I was born in Silverton, Oregon, but was quickly taken to Doernbecher where I spent the first two weeks of my life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Since then I have spent many days at the hospital with 10 different surgeries and lots of doctor’s visits. I am happy that Doernbecher is my hospital because they do everything they can … Read More

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

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