- We dream of raising the survival rates for rare pediatric cancers.
- We dream of multiplying the treatment options for young people with cancer.
- We dream of well funded research and attention for cancers that have previously been forgotten.
- We dream of cancer treatments that don’t cause life-long impairments, infertility, and high risk for other cancers.
- Our events will explode with fun and humor.
- Our donors will surprise kids with adventures like summer camps, surf trips and vintage plane rides.
- Our stories will remember the best of Sam and other young people who left us far too soon.
- Our community will make some noise and demand change so kids with cancer can dream, laugh, and live.
- Kids with cancer will not just live, they will thrive.
- Kids with cancer will be healthy and nourished.
- Kids with cancer will be remembered and included.
- Kids with cancer will know, we won’t give up on them.
Why We Fight
What We Fund
Sam Day Foundation is interested in innovative research projects with a high likelihood of moving exciting discoveries forward into clinical trials. SDF gravitates toward translational and clinical research on solid tumor cancers (such as sarcomas and brain cancers) that are less toxic than standard chemotherapy regimens. SDF seeks to fund research with reasonable potential to improve survival rates for young people with rare and aggressive cancers. Researchers who are driven to provide better treatment for young people who have little to no curative options are prioritized.
Grants range from $20,000 to $150,000 per year.
Sam Day Foundation awards scholarships to Sunset High School students in Beaverton Oregon, who have endured chronic illness or physical disability and choose to live well despite their challenges. Read here for more information and contact the Sunset High School Career Center for application details. Applications are due May 1st of each year.
In January of 2019, Sam Day Foundation granted $125,000 to the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute for an innovative and comprehensive tumor bank program. The program will be managed and overseen by Scientific Director Dr. Charles Keller, and researcher Andy Woods.
A shortage of mouse models and cancer cell lines is one reason why rare cancer groups struggle to make progress in research. The CuReFAST program enables patients to donate their tumor to the scientific community for advancements in research to occur, by developing new mouse models and cancer cell lines representive of the aggressive tumors kids are dealing with today. In addition, cc-TDI will screen the tissue for potential impact with 60 existing drugs, collect medical information (such as what drugs the tumor has been exposed to), and run DNA and RNA sequencing on each live tissue donation. Once processed, the information and materials will be available for researchers both locally and around the world to move basic science discoveries through to the next phase of research. The comprehensive nature of this tumor bank, combined with advocacy from rare cancer groups will open doors for a world of possibilities and reasons to hope.
For more information on cc-TDI and the CuReFAST program, read here: https://www.cc-tdi.org/current_research/curefast-creating-a-legacy-by-accelerating-childhood-cancer-research/
For cc-TDI researcher bio’s read here: https://www.cc-tdi.org/team-members/
Anyone can make a difference!
We need event planners and volunteers, corporate sponsors, and donors of all levels. We need people of all ages, strengths and circumstances. All you need is a spirit of hope and a desire to fight for kids who have cancer. Leave us your information and we’ll get you plugged in!