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Kids of All Ages from Oregon, Washington Raise $360,000 for Doernbecher Children's Hospital

   Portland, Ore.

Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver, Wash., leads the campaign

Kids Making Miracles celebrates its 11th anniversary this year with a campaign to support expansion of Doernbecher Children's Hospital's Kenneth W. Ford Northwest Children's Cancer Center. Participating students have raised $360,000 toward the expansion effort while helping kids in their own communities.

Through the regionwide, school-based service program, elementary, middle and high school students raise money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. This year thousands of students from 162 schools throughout Oregon and southwest Washington raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Doernbecher. They participated in fund-raising programs and events ranging from penny drives and root beer float sales to elaborate pageants.

Top-contributing schools include Hudson's Bay High School (Vancouver, Wash.), $64,000; Tillamook High School (Tillamook, Ore.), $30,000; McMinnville High School (McMinnville, Ore.), $15,000; South Albany High School (Albany, Ore.), $14,000; Gervais High School (Gervais, Ore.), $7,000; and Dallas High School (Dallas, Ore.), $6,800.

"These are kids with amazing drive and passion," said Tamara Thompson, director of programs and community events for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. "It's awe-inspiring to realize that Oregon and Washington kids are working nights and weekends in the service of other children, most of whom they'll never know."

"Supporting Doernbecher is a tradition that gets stronger every year at our school," said Hudson's Bay High School senior Alex Groher, two time co-chair of the Kids Making Miracles program. "About ten years ago a popular student at this school died from a heart condition. People still talk about him, and even though most of us didn't know him personally, his story continues to inspire us. We like the idea of doing something fun that will ultimately help other kids."

Planned expansion of the Kenneth W. Ford Northwest Children's Cancer Center will include a new 22-bed cancer inpatient unit, an infusion center for chemotherapy treatments, an enlarged cancer outpatient clinic, and four new pediatric intensive care rooms. With a four-fold increase in its pediatric cancer population within the past six years and additional growth expected, Doernbecher must expand its pediatric cancer facilities to meet the region's growing needs.

"Right now Doernbecher cares for more than 85 percent of the region's kids with cancer, and that percentage will only increase," said Sue Nicol, executive director of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. "As we raise the $13.6 million in private funds it will take to expand Doernbecher's cancer unit, it's gratifying to know that some of that support is coming directly from kids in the community."

Today Kids Making Miracles is one of the fastest-growing grassroots volunteer organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Since the program began in 1992, participating students have raised more than $2 million for Doernbecher. This year's program sponsors include Wells Fargo, the Portland Trail Blazers, Northwest Ford Stores, Papa John's Pizza and ClubSport Oregon.

With nationally recognized programs in pediatric heart surgery, neurosurgery and cancer, Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides primary and specialized care to nearly 40,000 patients each year from Oregon, southwest Washington and beyond. As part of Oregon Health & Science University, the state's only health and research university, Doernbecher combines healing, teaching, discovery and outreach in its mission to improve the health of all children.


Kids Making Miracles Program Participating Schools 2003
Alki Middle School (Alki, Ore.)
Aloha High School (Aloha, Ore.)
Amity High School (Amity, Ore.)
Associated Students (McMinnville, Ore.)
Astoria High School (Astoria, Ore.)
Bandon High School (Bandon, Ore.)
Sam Barlow High School (Gresham, Ore.)
Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground, Ore.)
Beaverton High School (Beaverton, Ore.)
Bend Senior High School (Bend, Ore.)
Benson Polytechnic High School (Portland, Ore.)
Boring Middle School (Boring, Ore.)
Brixner Junior High School (Klamath Falls, Ore.)
Brookings-Harbor High School (Brookings, Ore.)
Burns High School (Burns, Ore.)
Burnt Bridge Creek Elementary (Vancouver, Wash.)
Byrom Elementary School (Tualatin, Ore.)
Canby High School (Canby, Ore.)
Cascade Middle School (Auburn, Wash.)
Cascade Senior High School (Marion, Ore.)
Cedar Park Middle School (Portland, Ore)
Centennial High School (Gresham, Ore.)
Central Catholic High School (Portland, Ore)
Century High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Chapman School (Sheridan, Ore)
Chehalem Valley Middle School (Chehalem, Ore.)
Chiloquin Jr/Sr High School (Chiloquin, Ore.)
Christ the King Parish School (Milwaukie, Ore.)
Clackamas Elementary School (Clackamas, Ore.)
Clatskanie Elementary School (Clatskanie, Ore.)
Clatskanie Middle/High School (Clatskanie, Ore.)
Colton Elementary School (Colton, Ore.)
Crater High School (Central Point, Ore.)
Crook County High School (Prineville, Ore.)
Crook County Middle School (Prineville, Ore.)
Culver Middle School (Culver, Ore.)
Dallas High School (Dallas, Ore.)
Daly Middle School (Lakeview, Ore.)
Damascus Middle School (Damascus, Ore.)
Dayton Junior High School (Dayton, Ore.)
Deep Creek Elementary School (Boring, Ore.)
Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist (Portland, Ore.)
Eugene Montessori School, Inc. (Eugene, Ore.)
Forest Grove High School (Forest Grove, Ore.)
Fremont Hay Schools (Lakeview, Ore.)
French American International School (Portland, Ore.)
Gaiser Middle School (Vancouver, Wash.)
Gervais High School (Gervais, Ore.)
Gladstone High School (Gladstone, Ore.)
Grant High School (Portland, Ore.)
Grant Watts Elementary School (Scappoose, Ore.)
Grants Pass High School (Grants Pass, Ore.)
Harmony Elementary School (Vancouver, Wash.)
Harrisburg High School (Harrisburg, Ore.)
Henley Middle School (Klamath Falls, Ore.)
Hermiston High School (Hermiston, Ore.)
Highland View Middle School (Corvallis, Ore.)
Hillsboro High School (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Hopkins Elementary School (Sherwood, Ore.)
Hudson's Bay High School (Vancouver, Wash.)
International House (Portland, Ore.)
Jefferson High School (Jefferson, Ore.)
Jesuit High School (Portland, Ore.)
Judson Middle School (Salem, Ore.)
Kelly Creek Elementary School (Gresham, Ore.)
Walter L. Kraxberger Middle School (Gladstone, Ore.)
La Pine High School (La Pine, Ore.)
LaGrande Middle School (LaGrande, Ore.)
Lake Oswego High School (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
Lake Oswego Jr. High School (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
Lakeview High School (Lakeview, Ore.)
Lancaster Jr. High School (Lancaster, Tx)
Lost River Jr/Sr High School (Merrill, Ore.)
Madras High School (Madras, Ore.)
Maple Grove Middle School (Battleground, Wash.)
McLoughlin Middle School (Milwaukie, Ore.)
McMinnville High School (McMinnville, Ore.)
Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton, Ore.)
Metzger Elementary School (Tigard, Ore.)
Mill Plain Elementary School (Vancouver, Wash.)
Walt Morey Middle School (Troutdale, Ore.)
Mountain View High School (Bend, Ore.)
Mountain View High School (Bend, Ore.)
Mt. Tabor Middle School (Portland, Ore.)
Nestucca High School (Cloverdale, Ore.)
Newberg High School (Newberg, Ore.)
Newport High School (Newport, Ore.)
North Marion Middle School (Aurora, Ore.)
North Plains Elementary School (North Plains, Ore.)
Nye Beach Montessori School (Newport, Ore.)
Ogden Middle School (Oregon City, Ore.)
Oregon City High School (Oregon City, Ore.)
Our Lady of Lourdes (Vancouver, Wash.)
Parrish Middle School (Salem, Ore.)
Fred Patton Middle School (McMinnville, Ore.)
Pendleton High School (Pendleton, Ore.)
Otto H.H. Petersen School (Scappoose, Ore.)
Philomath High School (Philomath, Ore.)
Phoenix High School Student Body (Phoenix, Ore.)
Rainier Middle School (Rainier, Ore.)
Rex Putnam High School (Milwaukie, Ore.)
Riverside Elementary School (Milwaukie, Ore.)
Rogue River High School (Rogue River, Ore.)
Roosevelt High School (Portland, Ore.)
Rosemont Ridge Middle School (West Linn, Ore.)
Wilbur Rowe Middle School (Portland, Or)
Gordon Russell Middle School (Gresham, Ore.)
Nancy Ryles Elementary School (Beaverton, Ore.)
Saint Mary's Academy (Portland, Ore.)
Sandy High School (Sandy, Ore.)
Santiam High School (Mill City, Ore.)
Scappoose High School (Scappoose, Ore.)
Scappoose Middle School (Scappoose, Ore.)
Shasta Middle School (Eugene, Ore.)
Sheridan High School (Sheridan, Ore.)
Sheridan Japanese School (Sheridan, Ore.)
Sherman High School (Moro, Ore.)
Sherwood Middle School (Moro, Or)
Silverton High School (Silverton, Or)
Sisters High School (Sisters, Or)
Siuslaw Middle School (Florence, Ore.)
Skyview High School (Vancouver, Wash.)
South Albany High School (Albany, Ore.)
South Sherman Elementary School (Grass Valley, Ore.)
South Umpqua High School (Myrtle Creek, Ore.)
Sprague High School (Salem, Ore.)
St. Helens Middle School (St Helens, Ore.)
Stayton High School (Stayton, Ore.)
Stephens Middle School (Salem, Ore.)
Summit High School (Bend, Ore.)
Sunrise Middle School (Clackamas, Ore.)
Taft High School (Lincoln City, Ore.)
Talent Elementary School (Talent, Ore.)
Talent Middle School (Talent, Ore.)
Terra Linda Elementary School (Portland, Ore.)
J.B. Thomas Middle School (Hillsboro, Ore.)
Thurston High School (Springfield, Ore.)
Charles F. Tigard Elementary School (Tigard, Ore.)
Tigard High School (Tigard, Ore.)
Tillamook High School (Tillamook, Ore.)
Toledo High School (Toledo, Ore.)
Cecile Trost Elementary (Candy, Ore.)
Tualatin High School (Tualatin, Ore.)
Waldo Middle School (Salem, Ore.)
Walker Middle School (Salem, Ore.)
Washougal High School (Washougal, Ore.)
Welches Middle School (Welches, Ore.)
West Linn High School (West Linn, Ore.)
West Orient Middle School (Gresham, Ore.)
Western View Middle School (Corvallis, Ore.)
Westridge Elementary School (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
Westview High School (Portland, Ore.)
Willagillespie Community School (Eugene, Ore.)
Willamina High School (Willamina, Ore.)
Willamina Middle School (Willamina, Ore.)
Wilsonville High School (Wilsonville, Ore.)
Winston Middle School (Winston, Ore.)
Woodburn High School (Woodburn, Ore.)
Woodland High School (Woodland, Wash.)
Mary Woodward Elementary School (Tigard, Ore.)
Wy'east Middle School (Hood River, Ore.)
Yamhill Grade School (Yamhill, Ore.)

Doernbecher's Kenneth W. Ford Northwest Children's Cancer Center Expansion Project - Fact Sheet

  • Physician and scientists at Doernbecher Children's Hospital care for more than 80 percent of the children who are battling cancer in Oregon. During the last four years, clinic visits rose from 2,500 annually to more than 9,000, the average daily census in the inpatient unit has increased from nine to 20, and this year 200 new children with cancer will be referred to Doernbecher.
  • An expansion would allow the staff to provide care to 30 to 40 percent more children who need surgery, 70 percent more who need chemotherapy infusion treatment and 40 percent more visits to the clinic.
  • Doernbecher houses the region's first and only Comprehensive Pediatric Brain Tumor Program. The program combines the talents of a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist , nurse practitioner, radiation oncologist, physical therapist and psychologist all on one team in one clinic visit.
  • Doernbecher is the only hospital in Oregon that performs pediatric stem cell and bone marrow transplants. Stem cell transplants are expected to rise from 22 to 40 this year.
  • Doernbecher recently became one of only 21 Phase I Institutions in the United States funded by the National Cancer Institute to test new pediatric cancer treatments. It was the first hospital in the world to study pediatric applications of Gleevec, a new leukemia-fighting pill developed at OHSU.
  • Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2003 on a new 22-bed inpatient unit, 12 outpatient infusion beds, an expansion of the eight- examination room outpatient clinic and a new school room. The current 16-bed inpatient cancer unit will provide additional beds when needed, for a total of 38 available beds.
  • The Doernbecher Foundation hopes to raise $13.6 million through community support to help fund the first phase of the cancer center expansion, along with an addition of pediatric intensive care rooms.



  • Doernbecher is the region's only hospital with specialists in every major area of pediatric care. Last year, close to 40,000 children from Oregon, Southwest Washington and surrounding states made more than 145,000 visits to the hospital and clinics.
  • Doernbecher is a major referral center for cancer, heart disease, cardiac surgery, diabetes, kidney disease, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, metabolic disorders, organ and stem cell transplantation and trauma.


To donate to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital cancer expansion, call 503 220-8342 or toll free at 800 800-9583; or visit the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation on the Web at


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