Sam Day Foundation

Advancing research and igniting hope for kids with cancer

Our Mission

Dream big, Laugh often, live well

The Sam Day Foundation advances research for childhood and young adult cancers and facilitates wellness-centered support and experiences so kids with cancer can survive and live well.

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Why we care

Every year, approximately 17,000 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer. 

Only 4% of the budget from the National Cancer Institute is dedicated to childhood cancer.

Many of the most devastating childhood and young adult cancer treatments are 40 years old, and research progress is decades behind that of most adult cancers.

We don’t think that’s ok.


Lorna Featured on Pediatric Cancer Podcast

Hear about the heart and soul of the Sam Day Foundation, and a few stories about Sam. 


Research Delivered! $75,000 establishes the Sam Day Endowed Lectureship in Pediatric Oncology at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

The long, diligent work of research is only complete when it arrives at the bedside of a child in need. This Sam Day Lectureship will create opportunity for providers in Oregon to learn about leading edge developments in the research and treatment of rare pediatric cancers. Every child should have access to the most supportive, curative, and restorative interventions possible. 


Upcoming events


2023 Sam Day Soiree


We’re coming back TOGETHER for the 9th Annual Sam Day Soiree on March 11, 2023, presented by The Partners Group Foundation.

Join us for a fun, powerful evening of community as we come together to raise funds and awareness for kids with cancer.


37-Mile Challenge and the Sam Day 5K RECAP

  • A total of 672 participants
  • Over $44,000 raised for childhood cancer research
  • A golden month for childhood cancer awareness!


Thanks to everyone who joined in the effort with great energy and a spirit of HOPE!


Sam Day Buddy Run

The Sam Day Buddy Run happened on September 25th. 20 endurance runners ran in honor of a young person fighting cancer now. The 12-mile course ran near Sunset Highway and Cedar Mill, Oregon with a spirited finish-line reception at Terra Linda Park. Find out more about the runners and the kids they honored in their efforts. 

$81,000 raised!

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About Us

SDF Leadership

What started as a proactive effort to save Sam and other young people battling Ewing Sarcoma, has grown into a strong community of compassionate philanthropists and people of all ages advocating for young people dealing with brutal and forgotten cancers

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Support kids with cancer

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Comprehensive Tumor Bank Program

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childhood cancer studies

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SDF Experiences & Scholarships


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SDF Events

Click below to keep up with all upcoming Sam Day Foundation events and show your support for childhood cancer awareness & initiatives.

SDF Experiences

Sam Day Foundation contributes a small amount of funding to experiences for kids with cancer and cancer related impairments.

SDF Scholarship

SDF awards scholarships to Sunset High School students in Beaverton, Oregon, who have endured chronic illness or physical disability.


In Loving memory

These tribute pages are meant to remember the young people whose communities have donated to SDF as an investment in their legacy.


Survivor Stories