Sam Day Foundation


Sam Day Foundation advances research for childhood and young adult cancers and facilitates wellness-centered support and experiences so kids with cancer can survive and live well.

Bottom Line for Portland

Sam Day Foundation is striving to fill a gap in pediatric cancer research with an emphasis on brain tumors and sarcomas. Our work connects the nation’s best research with our kids here in Oregon, and helps local researchers make contributions to be shared with the rest of the nation. In the past four years, over $1M has supported childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer researchers including those at OHSU (in collaboration with Oregon State University), the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. An innovative precision medicine program based in North Carolina has become available here in Portland due to our advocacy, funding, and engagement in the greater childhood cancer community. We are just getting started. 


"My son, Charlie, died two years ago at age 6 from a pediatric brain tumor.  He endured his tumor and toxic treatments for more than half his life.  We know firsthand how much we need better treatments so kids like Charlie survive and thrive. Sam Day Foundation funds innovative research with a high likelihood of moving new treatments for some of the most brutal childhood cancers forward into clinical trials." - Katie Shriver, parent

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cancer doesn't discriminate but access to the most hopeful, cutting-edge opportunities can be difficult for disadvantaged families, including single parent households. Only the most socially supported and financially equipped families can relocate to hospitals around the country to access promising clinical trials. 

By generating pediatric cancer research locally, more kids with cancer will have access to hope, and the potential for healing, while progress toward cures will also accelerate.


>>>Yada Designs will match ANY FIRST TIME GIFT of any amount with $100 up to a total of $1,000

11-9 - Every donation of $25 or more will be entered to win a Winterhawks game package.

11-17 - Every donation of $25 or more will be entered to win a winter warming cocktail package (must be 21 or older to win. Local pick up required).

11-29 - All donations of $25 or more will be matched by The Asivido Team at Amy's Realestate, up to $1,200 total, on Giving Tuesday.

12-7 - Every donation of $25 or more will receive a free pint of beer at Golden Valley Brewery.

12-21 - The first ten donations of $10 or more will win a free drink at Insomnia Coffee. 


*Limit one incentive per donation on any one Big Give Day, excluding the first time gift match. 

Business Partner(s)

Yada Designs pitched in with a generous $1000 match for all new donors. 

Engin Creative makes us look good with their in-kind design contribution. All social media and email designs are a blend of G!G Style and Engin formatting. 

Golden Valley Brewery has joined the effort with pints of beer and happy vibes. 

Insomnia Coffee Co. donated drinks to keep donor well fueled on a cold winter day

The Asivido Team at Amy's Realestate stepped up with a $1200 match!



$13,000 raised of $13,000 goal
58 donations
100% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2018

Tax ID: 822667035

Sam Day Foundation is in the Health category which is sponsored by CareOregon

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