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. 


Precision Medicine for Solid Tumors

There is now a precision medicine approach available for young patients with solid tumors such as Ewing, osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, Wilms, and more!


$100,000 For Osteosarcoma Research

SDF has funded the next phase of a study targeting the most aggressive subtype of Osteosarcoma, led by Dr. Alex Huang. We are hopeful this will lead to a clinical trial opportunity in 1 – 2 years. This type of sarcoma is in desperate need of a better option.


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. 


$150,000 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.


Upcoming events

37-Mile Challenge + The Sam Day 5K! BOTH events will be held in September 2022

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and we are creating a bundle of energy around the cause we care so deeply about. Want to join us?

Register to participate in our month-long challenge and complete 37 miles of running (or walking, riding, rolling..just moving!). Then come to our 5K on Sunday, September 25th and enjoy our amazing community of supporters for a fun family event, including a 1K Kids Run.



2022 Sam Day Soiree

$270,000 was raised at the annual hope-filled gala on March 4th 2022. 

Save the date for an in-person Soiree on March 11, 2022.


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

Give Back

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


Latest Updates

$100K To Tackle The Most Aggressive Subtype Of Osteosarcoma

$100K To Tackle The Most Aggressive Subtype Of Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer, impacting

$150,000 Funds Two Research Projects at Seattle Children’s Hospital

$150,000 Funds Two Research Projects at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Researchers at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at


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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