Sam Day Foundation

Advancing research and igniting hope for kids with cancer

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.


Nationwide Ride Kicks Off Benefitting SDF

Cyclists John Bladholm and Chris Ray are riding across the country to raise support for non-profits, including the Sam Day Foundation. The SDF leg rides through South Dakota and Wyoming, August 2 – 8. Learn how you can support them (and us)!


Precision Medicine takes a stab at Ewing Sarcoma with $85,000 from SDF

We've partnered with the Spada Pediatric Sarcoma Foundation to fund an innovative program developed by the hard work of the Beat Childhood Cancer Consortium and North Carolina’s Atrium Health, and led by Dr. Giselle Sholler.


$256K raised at the 2021 sam day living room soiree!

The event drew over 600 people from at least 17 states who watched the livestream from their own living rooms. 


Upcoming events


Nationwide Ride

Follow Nationwide Ride cyclists John Bladholm and Chris Ray as they ride across the country raising funds and awareness for several non-profits, including the Sam Day Foundation, beginning July 5th with their spot on Good Morning America.


Sam Day Challenge

The Sam Day 37-Mile Challenge is back! Run, walk, ride or roll 37 miles in the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month.


Sam Day Buddy Run

The first ever Sam Day Buddy Run brought 20 runners together for a 12-mile trail/pathway/road run from Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to Terra Linda Park in Cedar Mill, Oregon

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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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Pediatric Sarcoma Research at OHSU

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SDF Experiences & Scholarships


Latest Updates

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

SDF Granted $77K to OHSU for Sarcoma Research!

SDF Granted $77K to OHSU for Sarcoma Research!

The Sam Day Foundation has awarded $77,000 to Oregon Health


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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



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