Support services available locally for cancer survivors

Cancer can take a tremendous toll-physically, emotionally and financially. Fortunately, there is a network of local services that patients can tap into to find support. "Every patient is different; everybody's journey is different. Someone might need a particular resource at one point, whereas another person might need the same resource at a different point," says Katie Burke, a patient navigator at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute.

Breast Cancer patient rallies support for Oregon Cancer Foundation

When Brenda Mills of Springfield was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer in June of 2016, she knew she was in for the fight of her life, physically and mentally. What she didn't expect was that cancer would also cost a financial toll. When she needed support, the Oregon Cancer Foundation was there to help.

Beating cancer one burpee at a time

Michael Aliotti is about to attempt something great. Something most people will never even consider. A feat one might think is down right crazy. The software engineer and father of two (soon to be three!) will take on the challenge of setting a new Guinness World Record of completing as many burpees as possible in 12 hours on Friday, September 23, at RENA Fitness in Eugene. "When most people hear the word burpee, they [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|Blog, Oregon Cancer Foundation|

Firefighter turns loss into hope for patients

Firefighter and paramedic Michael Lundeen has spent his career helping people during scary and difficult moments. For Michael, one of his most difficult moments was losing his close friend, David Sneed, to cancer. Six months after complaining of pain under his arm while playing golf, David passed away from lymphoma at the age of 27. “That loss really woke me up. He was too young,” Michael says. “Somehow, in my mind, I thought this [...]

Things get hairy in November for a good cause

No razors for 30 days. That’s the mantra for participants of Grow Your Mo, a community campaign to raise money for the Oregon Cancer Foundation. Thirteen men from Lane County are growing their facial hair for the month of November to spread awareness about OCF’s Financial Assistance Program. The program provides stopgap emergency funding to patients undergoing cancer treatment in Lane County. Participants include Willamette Valley Cancer Institute oncologists Jeff Sharman, Charles Anderson, John [...]

Local musician receives helping hand after cancer diagnosis

Eugene musician Paul Biondi has music in his blood. The 58-year-old picked up his first musical instrument in the fourth grade and has been playing professionally since age 13. "I love what I do every day of my life," Paul says. "I'm so grateful to work on my craft for a living." During his musical career, Paul has played with greats like Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner and Barbara Streisand. He's known for his ability [...]

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