Sam Day Foundation

Advancing research and igniting hope for kids with cancer

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Our Mission

Dream big, Laugh often, live well

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 is the inspiration,

Kids with cancer are the motivation.


The Give!Guide selected SDF once again!

SDF has been selected as a non-profit to be featured in the Willamette Week's Give Guide for the second year in a row! This year-end giving effort generates a spirit of philanthropy in the greater Portland area. Check out our page and don't miss the extra enticing Big Give Days!


$100,000 toward immunotherapy cancer research at Seattle Children's Hospital

The CAR T-cell therapies for childhood cancer have been ground-breaking in more common cancers, and researchers are optimistic about the future of this therapy for solid tumors, including sarcomas and brain/spinal tumors. SDF funding will help advance TWO promising research studies.


Nationwide Ride raised $13,000 for the Sam Day Foundation!

Cyclists John Bladholm and Chris Ray rode across the country to raise support for non-profits, including the Sam Day Foundation. The SDF leg took them through South Dakota and Wyoming August 2-8. Thanks to everyone who supported the effort! 


Upcoming events


2022 Sam Day Soiree



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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Sam Day Challenge

The 37-Mile Challenge grew in distance, spirit, and support during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! 

$52,000 raised!
743 people participated! 

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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Pediatric Sarcoma Research at OHSU

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SDF Experiences & Scholarships


Latest Updates

$100,000 Funds Two Research Projects at Seattle Children’s Hospital

$100,000 Funds Two Research Projects at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Researchers at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at

SDF Grants $85,000 To Launch Ewing Sarcoma Precision Medicine Program

SDF Grants $85,000 To Launch Ewing Sarcoma Precision Medicine Program

The Sam Day Foundation has partnered with the Spada Pediatric

SDF Grants $320K To CureFAST

SDF Grants $320K To CureFAST

Since 2019, Sam Day Foundation granted $320,000 to the Children’s


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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