Debbie is the family facing representative for the organization, having conversations with donation recipients to ensure Pediatric Foundation is responding to their unique needs. She keeps up with their travel schedules and arranges for the financial support to reach the families as they need it. She is the organization's primary contact and person who keeps the wheels turning.
Pediatric Foundation is managed by passionate individuals from the business, medical and non-profit communities of Central Oregon who are committed to all families who have a child with cancer. We serve children from a vast region in rural Central Oregon including Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wasco, Harney and Lake Counties. We're an all-volunteer organization with almost no overhead and your donation goes directly into the hands of parents who need the help.
History - In 2009, Debbie Pantenburg lost her son, Jimmy, to brain cancer. Gary Bonacker, founder of the renowned Oregon Tour des Chutes nonprofit event, was a family friend and after Jimmy's death worked to expand the cycling event to support families who have a child with cancer. This vision was quickly embraced by Central Oregon Pediatric Associates who agreed with the Tour des Chutes to provide the initial funding and resources to start Pediatric Foundation. Debbie Pantenburg volunteers as Executive Director and is the patient facing contact for the group.
As a highly experienced medical practice and hospital administrator, Wade has a passion for ensuring organizations run correctly and with purpose.
Wade worked with other professionals, business leaders, and non-profit community members to help create Pediatric Foundation and ensures it continues to run smoothly.
Gary is well known in Central Oregon for living with brain cancer through an extraordinary journey that has resulted in the regionally acclaimed Tour des Chutes, an annual non-profit cycling and running event that has raised hundreds of thousands for cancer survivors over the past 15 years. Gary has a passion for helping others with cancer and chose in 2014 to expand the Tour des Chutes event to help support children.
Dr. Svendsen is a practicing pediatrician in Central Oregon with decades of experience caring for children with cancer and working with families to ensure their child receives the highest levels of medical treatments.
He is a founding board member for Pediatric Foundation.