What We Do

Mission

The SDF Focus

Sam Day Foundation programs are centered around some of the most difficult cancers impacting young people, which means anyone with a certain sarcoma or brain tumor diagnosis could benefit from our organization’s efforts. For example, the most common age range to be diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma is between 10 and 20 years old. This is why we reference children, adolescents, and young adults in our language, often using “kids” to group the entire age range.

Research

The Sam Day Foundation funds medical and nutritional research for rare childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers with an emphasis on sarcomas and brain tumors.

Experiences

Kids with cancer not only need support to survive, they need support to live well. We fund to wellness gifts and experiences for kids with cancer and cancer related impairments.

Scholarships

We award scholarships to Sunset HS students in Beaverton, Oregon, who have endured chronic illness or physical disability and choose to live well despite their challenges.

Research

Innovative Therapies

The Sam Day Foundation funds medical and nutritional research for rare childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers with an emphasis on sarcomas and brain tumors. SDF recognizes the deficit in resources and attention toward these rare cancers and subsequently, the very limited treatment options for young people with these cancers.

We are 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 that are less toxic than the standard chemotherapy regimens being used today. Research with a reasonable potential to improve survival rates is worth our generous support and experts 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.

wellness

SDF Experiences

wellness

SDF Experiences

Kids with cancer not only need support to survive, they need support to live well. This is why Sam Day Foundation contributes a small amount of funding to wellness gifts and experiences for kids with cancer and cancer related impairments by creating opportunities for smiles, comfort, and better nutrition for their compromised bodies.

We take two approaches to offering experiences:

1. Partner with other organizations to enhance their efforts to help kids live well. Previous partnerships have included Camp Ukandu and the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

2. Create wellness packages for children and adolescents to support their well-being during treatment. 

Sam Day Foundation is currently exploring new program possibilities which will nurture the physical and emotional well-being of kids with cancer and cancer related impairments.

Scholarships

Education Support

Scholarships

Education Support

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 April 15th of each year

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