February 9, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.

The Nines Hotel ∙ Portland, Oregon
525 SW Morrison, Portland

Touching stories and hearty laughter are sure to make this the “go to” event of the season.
Silent and Live Auction
Dress: Cocktail
Sponsorship and table host opportunities are available.
Contact Lorna Day at for more information.

The Sam Day Foundation’s One Day gala aims to delight you with an evening of community, purpose, laughter, and a touch of reality within the world of childhood cancer. Today, 1 in 5 kids diagnosed with cancer will not survive. That’s 1,800 cancer related deaths per year. Still, less than 4% of government funding for cancer research will be designated toward promising new discoveries for these difficult cancers. So much possibility is left unfunded and unavailable for kids who need hope. But if compassionate and philanthropic communities are willing to support promising researcher, ONE DAY, more kids with cancer will be able to survive and live well.

In Sam’s short life and long battle with bone cancer he taught us three very important things. Dream Big, Laugh Often, Live Well.  SDF events aim to reflect the spirit of Sam, leaving participants inspired, empowered and connected.

Both the silent and live auctions promise to offer exciting and unique packages. As the first official Sam Day Soiree benefitting the Sam Day Foundation, you won’t want to miss the buzz of launching a big dream. Meet us at the Nines and we’ll make some noise for kids with cancer.

Funding Priorities

The Sam Day foundation strives to fund research for rare pediatric cancer and life-giving experiences so kids with cancer can survive and live well.


We believe we can improve the survival rates of rare pediatric cancers, and funding the research to make that happen is our top priority. We focus our energy on the pre-clinical gap of cancer research, where the greatest need is for funding to push exciting discoveries into clinical trials so that kids with cancer will have access to more curative and less toxic drugs.


Kids with cancer ought to be able to live well, but long term side effects and the impact of current treatments can make life dark and difficult for young people. We designate a small portion of funding dollars to experiences for kids with cancer or cancer related impairments.


Sunset High School students who have endured chronic illness or physical disability are eligible to receive a Sam Day Memorial Scholarship. Having fought cancer for six years, Sam understood how difficult it is to excel in academics or sports in order to earn college scholarships when life is filled with medical appointments and illness. A small portion of SDF funds will be awarded to students who reflect the spirit of Sam while living with illness or disability related challenges.

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