Supporters Dig Deep
Genevieve Olson Rocha, age 8, raised $710 in support of the Knight Cancer Challenge by making and selling rainbow bracelets in honor of her grandfather Dino Rocha who is undergoing cancer treatment at OHSU.
Genevieve’s family hadn’t heard about the Knight Cancer Challenge when Genevieve started her fundraiser, but Dino Rocha mentioned Genevieve’s project to an OHSU nurse and joked, “Now we just need to find a rich guy to match the gift.” That’s when he learned about Phil and Penny Knight’s Challenge and, as luck would have it, there really was a guy to match the gift. Genevieve knows who Phil Knight is and is “super excited” that her gift will count toward the challenge.
“Sheila and I wanted to help OHSU to bring in the country’s top researchers to work together on breakthrough science in cancer.”
– Ross Lienhart
Sheila Edwards-Lienhart was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 49 and passed away 10 years later when the cancer spread to her liver. She came to OHSU at the end of her cancer journey, where she received excellent care from Frederick Keller, M.D., and others at the Knight Cancer Institute. When OHSU announced the Knight Cancer Challenge, Sheila was very excited about the promise she saw in the work of Brian Druker, M.D. She and her husband, Ross Lienhart, decided to make a seven-figure gift to the challenge, to support research into more targeted therapies that help patients avoid chemotherapy.
Paxson Offield’s family foundation was already an essential supporter of Dr. Brian Druker’s cancer research – it has donated $550,000 in the last two years. With the announcement of the Knight Cancer Challenge, Offield saw a new opportunity to speed progress. This spring, Offield gave an additional $5 million gift to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, to advance research on acute myeloid leukemia (AML).