Vision: “everyone who needs us will find us and
everyone who finds us will be helped.”
Peer-led support group offering friendship and understanding to parents, siblings, and grandparents who have experiences death of a child at any age, from any cause. Promotes positive resolution of grief and fosters physical and emotional health.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3065 Portland, OR 97206
Year Established: 1968
Provides financial assistance for medical bills, especially for, but not limited to, relatives of Masons in the Multnomah County area.
709 SW 15th Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Mission: “Working to enhance the lives of parents with hospitalized children through our food programs is just one of the many ways we plan to reach out to our community. We are always working on new programs and ways to assist parents. We hope to introduce child care assistance in the near future and institute a program that will allow churches and local businesses to partner with us so that we can bring the community together as we strive to stand as one. We would like to increase the level of the “Baskets of Love Program.” Presently we deliver two baskets to the floors of Egleston Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital once a month. We would like to provide this service twice a month to all of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospitals and with your help, we can.”
Provides financial support to families with children battling Ewing’s Sarcoma who are receiving treatment in Oregon. Connects families with resources that help pay home and utility bills. may also be able to provide support for mortgage or rent, groceries, and other household needs.
1910 NW Florence Ave. Gresham, OR 97030
Year Established: 2009
Provides education and psychological support. Offers cancer counseling, grief counseling, individual, family and group counseling, support groups, classes and hospice care program.
3600 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97227
Mission: “Our mission is to improve people’s lives by connecting them to opportunities, information and services that respond to their individual and family needs.”
A fun and supportive program for children (ages 5-13) that have a sibling with a disability or chronic illness. Available to residents of Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Klickitat counties.
201 NE 73rd St., Suite 101, Vancouver, WA 98665
Year Established: 1957
Mission: “CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by professional oncology social workers.”
Provides individual counseling, education, and information to individuals with cancer. Services are provided at no cost and available to residents in the Portland metro area.
439 N Broadway Portland, OR 97227
Year Established: 1944
Mission: “We are here to provide your child comprehensive palliative care, whether your child is facing a long-term life-threatening condition or requires active end-of-life care. We are dedicated to ensuring your child’s comfort and improving quality of life.”
Provides physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for children with potentially life-limiting conditions and their families.
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. Portland, OR 97239
T: (503) 494-6201
Mission: “The Gales Creek Camp Foundation is dedicated to providing camp experiences for children, youth and families directly affected by Type I diabetes. We are committed to fostering the transition toward independence by integrating the management of diabetes with social and life skills.”
-$350 for a week at camp (includes all blood-sugar testing supplies and insulin some scholarship available). Provides camp experiences for children, youth, and families directly affected by Type I diabetes. Campers learn that they can live active, satisfying lives while managing their diabetes.
6975 SW Sandburg St., Suite 105 Portland, OR 97223
T: (503)968-CAMP (2267)
Year Established: 1952
Mission: “Camp UKANDU is a planned “outrageously fun” camping experience for young people who are living with cancer. It gives these kids an opportunity to play outdoors, explore their talents, socialize with other kids, and receive the advocacy they need to feel safe, secure, and very happy. Attendance for children is free, thanks to generous donations of time by our fantastic staff and dollars from our many donors.”
-Week long camp for children living with cancer. Campers enjoy arts, crafts, weaving, boating, fishing, swimming, field games, beach play, and archery – all under the care of specially trained adult staff and 24-hour medical specialists. Siblings are welcome to attend.
0330 SW Curry St. Portland, OR 97201
Year Established: 1986
Mission: “Camp Millennium is a summer camp for kids dealing with a cancer diagnosis. It is a time for them to be themselves and to share in a variety of summer camp activities, such as hiking, archery, swimming, arts and crafts, horseback riding, music and many other surprises. The goal of this week-long adventure is to provide these children with a camping experience that can be extended into their everyday lives.”
-Week long summer camp for kids with cancer that includes swimming, horseback riding,arts, crafts, hiking, campfires, and many other activities.
-Must be from Oregon
2876 Diamond Lake Boulevard
Roseburg, OR 97470
Year Established: 2003
Mission: “The importance of Camp is to provide opportunities for families to connect with others who have the same questions about their childhood cancer challenges. In addition, Family Camp provides a special camp experience so that not only is the child with cancer provided a fun-filled weekend of traditional camping fun, recreation and activities, but the parents and siblings can enjoy a weekend where the worries of treatments and associated struggles are left behind. It is an invaluable opportunity to share experiences, play and laugh together, and simply forget about the stress that childhood cancer has brought to their lives.”
-Labor Day weekend family camp that includes horseback riding, swimming, campfires, arts, and crafts, rock climbing wall, go-carts, and more.
3850 County Farm Rd. Eugene, OR 97408
Year Established: 1977
Mission: “Camp Erin allows a grieving child to be with other children who have similar feelings. It is such a relief for them to know that they are not alone.”
Resources Provided: Bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 who have experienced a death of a parent or loved one. Weekend camps are filled with traditional camp activities, as well as grief education and emotional support. Offered free of charge.
Year Established: 2000
Mission: “The camp programing and activities are carefully planned. Each activity is designed to encourage family bonding, to include children of all ages along with their parents. Consideration is given to cancer kid’s low immunity, allergies, and safety for all ages. The goal is to create safe, positive & happy family memories.”
-Free 5 day camp at the beginning of August that includes arts, crafts, campfires, swimming, food, and fun activities for families affected by cancer.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
3131 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97232
T: (503) 234-0468
Year Established: 1997
Mission: “Candlelighters provides frontline assistance to families of cancer patients, ages 0-21, as they battle the emotional stresses of their experiences. The connections made with other members who have been through it all and know how to help is tremendously supportive. Meetings, personal assistance and activities for families provide the outlets needed to share the fear and frustrations caused by childhood cancer.”
- Bi-Monthly newsletter and access to our website
- College scholarships to cancer survivors
- Emergency financial support
- Food pantry and Snack Cart at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
- Monthly activities for the whole family
- Quarterly support group meetings for families and children facilitated by trained professionals
- Outreach to newly diagnosed families
- Pediatric Cancer Resources
- Summer family camp
- Tickets to area sporting/entertainment events
- Toys for children at Randall and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals
- Bereavement support services
- Monthly catered meals for in-patients and their families at Emanuel and Doernbecher Children’s Hospitals
Year Established: 1977
Mission: “The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.”
Resources Provided: Various programming for children with a cancer diagoses and supportive programming for families as well.
Year Established: 1913
Mission: Sparrow Clubs USA is primarily a Pacific Northwest charity, serving in the states of Oregon and Washington. During the recent recession, we have had to pull back from operating outside the Pacific Northwest due to the lack of resources. The recent airing of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition featuring the McPhail family and Sparrow Clubs has sparked a large interest in Sparrow Clubs across the nation. While we would love to be able to launch Sparrow projects in every state, it is just not possible at this time. Our Board of Directors is willing to review inquiries outside of Oregon and Washington on a case by case basis.
-children with medical needs are sponsored by the community
Sparrow Clubs USA
906 NE Greenwood Ave Suite 2
Bend, OR 97701
Year Established: 1995
Mission: “The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.”
-grief support programs
Year Established: 1982
Mission: “The Multonomah County Health Department (MCHD) provides high-quality health services for poeple who experience barriers to accessing health care. Through culturally-appropriate and patient-centered care, MCHD liniks physical and behavioral health and social services for low-income, uninsured, and homeless people. MCHD serves Multonomah County, Oregon’s most populous county with approximately 748,000 residents.”
-Disease Management for Chronic Illness
-School-based health services
-Specialized care for HIV-positive individuals
426 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR 97294
Mission: “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy”.
-wishes granted for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
2000 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 410 Portland, OR 97201
T: (503) 292-2280
Year Established: 1980
Mission: “When seriously ill children, teens, and their families need more than medicine, CCA’s innovative programs create joy one moment at a time.”
-Activites that bring joy to seriously ill children including: music programming, bilingual services, mentor programs, resources, and various child-friendly public events.
T: (503) 244-3141
Children’s Cancer Association
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 140
Portland, Oregon 97209
Year Established: 1996
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:
•Focusing on the critical needs of children.
•Celebrating the diversity of the programs we offer and the staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.
•Staying true to our heritage of responsible stewardship.
•Operating with accountability and transparency.
-families can stay at Ronald McDonald house at low to no cost while children are in the hospital.
-playrooms for children
-Special suites for children with suppressed immune systems
-Accredited education programs
-Non-clinical support services
-Sibling support services
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms Provide:
•A kitchen area that includes a stove or microwave
•A seating area with a television
•A quiet room
2115 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR 97201
Year Established: 1976
Mission: When serious illness impacts a young person’s childhood and a family’s well-being, CHF’s creative programs provide hope, support and opportunities to share special moments together and create memories to last a lifetime.
Resources Provided: Traveling dress-up closet visits Pacific Northwest hospitals each month to deliver hope and healing to seriously ill children.
14865 SW 74th Ave.
Tigard, OR 97224
Year Established: 2010