Funding Research. Igniting Hope.

So kids with cancer can survive and live well.

We exist to end the brutality and hopelessness of rare pediatric cancers.

The Sam Day Foundation strives to fund research for rare pediatric cancers and life-giving experiences so kids with cancer can survive and live well.
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Sam had a spirit that could energize a crowd and engage a room full of people from doctors to fourth graders.

Our Story

We started as a community of friends who love Sam Day. We are now fighting for the thousands of young people facing rare cancer.

Our Fight

We support organizations that nurture the spirit of young adults with cancer and fund research for hard to treat AYA cancers.

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February 9, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
The Nines Hotel ∙ 525 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon

Touching stories and hearty laughter are sure to make this the “go to” event of the season.
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Hundreds Showed Up To Participate In The Inaugural Sam Day 5K

More than 450 people ran the Sam Day 5K for the forgotten childhood cancers on what would have been Sam's 17th birthday! We ran because we want kids with cancer to survive and live well.

Introducing the Sam Day Foundation

After four years of raising funds for the Rutledge Foundation and building community at the annual Sam Day Soiree, we announced the beginning of the Sam Day Foundation to double our efforts in funding better treatment for rare pediatric cancers. Watch that announcement here.
Sam was a surfer. Full of spirit and stoke. His surfing community honored him with a ceremonial, and most beautiful, paddle out.
Sam changed our lives. His courage, sense of humor and intelligence brought joy to everyone.  We love that kid…and his family.  We are excited about the way Sam will continue to change the world through The Sam Day Foundation.”Todd & Mary Fuller
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Remembering Sam

Lorna's Blog

Just over six years ago I was transitioning back to work after being home with my two young kids. I wasn't working for long when I discovered the tumor in my 9 year-old son Sam's leg. He was soon diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma, and my job once again needed to change.

For six years we faced two fights, the fight against cancer, and the fight to live well. I lost my most remarkable son in August, 2016. My journey is new and unwanted once again. While I stumble through the darkness of grief, I want to continue the fight to live well and I am here to write about the pursuit.

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