When children receive treatment at Doernbecher, the last thing their families should worry about is how they're going to meet their basic needs. These families face a double crisis: the heartbreak of a life-threatening illness and the financial burdens of having a seriously ill child. Our social workers identify families who need support associated with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services essential to the patient's care and comfort.
Support in the most difficult times
The funds generated by the Friends of Doernbecher and Grimmster Endowment help cover uncompensated costs such as rental and housing assistance, vehicle and transportation assistance and meals for families whose children are treated at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. In 2016-17, the fund provided more than 6,500 meals to low-income family members of pediatric patients while at Doernbecher.
About the endowment
The idea for the Grimmster Endowment began after Sasha Roiz and his castmates of the NBC show "Grimm" began visiting OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital to spread cheer. While the show was filmed in Portland, Ore. for six seasons, the cast members became more involved in helping Doernbecher patient families. They were moved when they learned that some families of Doernbecher patients have to leave their jobs or stay in campers in the OHSU parking lot to be close to their children. Roiz soon signed on as a trustee of the Doernbecher Foundation board.
"We were moved by the families, the kids, and everything the hospital does to ensure that patients receive the best possible care in a supportive, family-centered environment."
-Sasha Roiz, star of the NBC TV series "Grimm" and one of the cast members who helped establish the fund
Roiz and the Grimm cast started the Grimm Gala, an event to help raise money for the cause and establish the Grimmster Endowment. Loyal Grimm fans and Doernbecher supporters alike had an opportunity to bid on costumes from the show,Nike sneakers designed for Grimm, and other rare memorabilia. The final Grimm Gala, in 2017, raised $804,000 for the hospital.
That year, the volunteer group Friends of Doernbecher combined its $2.2 million Friends of Doernbecher Endowment for Medical Care with the Grimmster Endowment to bring the total to $3.7 million – the Doernbecher Foundation's largest endowed fund.
The cameras have stopped rolling on the hit NBC show, but the Grimm cast and fan community continues to make an impact on Doernbecher families.