Merry Heart: a camp with its own beat

Tim LaBarge serves on the board of Merry Heart Children’s Camp. He’s also a photographer in Portland. Below, he shares some special moments and memories from Merry Heart Children’s Camp. *** Twenty-five children sat on log benches high above the Bull Run River and Mount Hood, towering in the distance, turned a shade of orange and then pink as the sun began to set. But hardly anyone noticed. All eyes were on cardiac surgeon Dr. … 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

Jacob’s heart story

Below, Janice Burris shares her son’s Doernbecher story. Thirteen-year-old Jacob is one of our 2015 Doernbecher Freestyle patient-designers, and he’ll be following up next week with a post of his own! *** Jacob was born a healthy baby boy thirteen years ago. He has grown up to be a great student, a dedicated athlete, and an all-around great person. Last May during a routine well-child/immunization visit to the pediatrician, we learned that Jacob had high … 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

Camp Ukandu: ‘We are not alone’

I’ve been asked to write about Camp Ukandu, what it is and what it means to the kids we serve and to the staff who participate. It would take me pages to write everything, so I will tell you in no uncertain terms that Camp Ukandu is an amazing, outrageous, fun-filled week for kids with, or who have had, cancer and their siblings. The mission of Camp Ukandu is to provide a safe and secure … Read More

StoryCorps visits Doernbecher to record ‘Voices of Childhood Cancer’

Voices of Childhood Cancer came alive March 1 – 3 on the 10th floor of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. That’s when StoryCorps staff audio recorded the 40-minute conversations of 18 “interview pairs” for our Doernbecher-StoryCorps oral history project. StoryCorps’ mission is to celebrate and honor one another’s lives through listening; they have recorded close to 100,000 interview pairs throughout the United States, all archived in the Folklife section of the National Library of Congress. The Doernbecher … Read More

Honoring lives lost, celebrating lives saved

On a recent morning, I dealt with the death of one of my patients.  As sometimes happens with this job, instead of having time to process this, I was immediately faced with a busy clinic. After all of the patients were seen, and I had time to reflect, I realized that on the same day that cancer took the life of one of my patients, I had referred three other patients to our survivorship clinic. … 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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