why we're here
We are the only non-profit in Central Oregon focused exclusively on assisting parents who have a child with cancer, providing financial assistance for travel expenses. We can connect quickly with parents for support.
Each year, over two dozen children from Central Oregon must travel to receive treatments for their cancer. These families suffer loss of income, while incurring unexpected medical and travel expenses.
The Central Oregon children we support are from the five-county region, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney and Lake and are being treated by pediatric oncology specialists at Children's Hospitals in Portland, Oregon. Some patients must travel to Washington, California, or other US hospitals to receive the necessary treatments needed to cure or slow the disease. We support all families regardless of where they must travel.
TRAVELING IS EXPENSIVE
Frequent out-of-town trips to a children's hospital cost thousands for a series of cancer treatments. The cost of gas, lodging and food is high, and some parents must stop working to care for their child. This loss of income, in addition to the unexpected travel expenses, is devastating. Most don't have the resources to manage this family crisis.
WHAT WE DO
"When my son was diagnosed with cancer we rushed to Portland immediately, driving over the mountains in a snow storm. We stopped everything else in our lives for quite some time and he was our family's only focus.
I'll never forget how frightening it was to hear the word "tumor". But, I'll also never forget how our friends and this community rallied to help out in so many ways. Their support made all the difference in our ability to care for our son, as well as our other children." Debbie Pantenburg
We support Central Oregon families with financial and other needed support when they travel outside the region to receive medical care for their child who has cancer.
PARENTS TYPICALLY HAVE NO WARNING WHEN THEY HEAR THE WORD, "CANCER".