Nonprofit foundations like ours rely on foundation-sponsored events, grants, and sponsorships to fund programs, and community support is a key factor in our success. Whether it be a motorcycle ride, a walk in memory of a loved one, a baseball tournament, or a school can collection, the money raised all goes to supporting those with sarcoma and helping to find a cure.  We sincerely thank those who support the foundation with events like these in their communities, and we invite others to join in support of these efforts.


Hope Grows Here Portland 2017 Recap

2017 Hope Grows Here Portland Event Summary

Attendees: 56 (Goal = 50)
Total Raised: $23,575 (Goal = $10,000

On June 17, 2017 members of the Portland sarcoma community gathered to raise funds at the Hope Grows Here Event.  Together, we raised $23,575.  Every dollar raised produces a ripple effect in the sarcoma community. Because of these funds, the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation can issue financial assistance grants, fund outreach programs and invest in research.  It was one of most successful fundraisers to-date in the Portland area! 


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Fifty-six supporters came out for an incredible evening that included patient speakers (Trent Lukens, Brittany Montes and Patty Read- Williams), appetizers (Kathy Zak Catering), wine (Oak Knoll Winery and MonteScarlatto Winery) and beer (Bridgeport Brewery).

Sarcoma warriors Trent Lukens, Brittany Montes and Patty Read-Williams shared their inspiring battles and hope for increased awareness of sarcoma.   Supporters also awarded the Sig Kohl Legacy award to Board Member, John Anderson.   We were motivated by their stories and continued efforts to help others within the community.  

Thank you to everyone who  joined and supported the event!   This success comes on the heels of the Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership grant award, new sponsorships from Portland organizations, and activity from the Portland real estate referral program.  We look forward to continuing the success at the Portland Dragonslayer on 9/9/2017.  

To view our facebook live from the event please click here.

How Our Family Dealt with Sarcoma Cancer

Our very own Board Member, Kathy Scanlon Opie, has written a book, A Little Red Wagon Full of Hope: Tips and Inspiration from a Loving Caregiver. Proceeds of her book will be donated to Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. Purchase your book here. From the author:

When our teenage son Conner was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, our world turned upside down. We then began the journey of helping Conner and supporting each other. Today Conner has reached five years with no evidence of disease. To reach out to everyone who must face a loved one's life-threatening illness, I have written a guide for caregivers and their families. It's personal, ground-level, and full of truths about the day-to-day struggles and triumphs. In A Little Red Wagon Full of Hope: Tips and Inspiration from a Loving Caregiver, I share stories that offer inspiration, lessons learned, and practical tips to ease the path for caregivers. Each chapter speaks to the different issues a caregiver might face, and provides suggestions.

Read more: How Our Family Dealt with Sarcoma Cancer

Sig's Celebration

To celebrate the end of his cancer treatment and to raise funds for Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, Sig Kohl and his friend Dave hosted a bingo and silent auction event.

Sarcomas are rare cancers that require specialized clinics for treatment with Seattle having only one of three on the entire coast. This means many patients have to travel to and/or move from afar to receive their care.

Read more: Sig's Celebration

West Linn Boys Prove Nobody is too Young to Make a Difference

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It began with a group of mothers who wanted to be sure their kids were aware of what was going on in a world that they know is bigger than their children’s worlds of school and sports. One of those mothers, a sarcoma cancer survivor who sits on the Ambassador Board of Northwest Sarcoma Foundation, reached out to the organization for a community service opportunity appropriate for children.

After getting some fundraising ideas from the foundation, the moms presented them to the boys: Tommy, Zack, Alex, Kevin, Colton, Zachary, Elijah, Calvin, Eli, and Jack, all ages 10-13, most of whom have known each other since kindergarten, and the boys agreed that it “would be cool to help.”

Read more: West Linn Boys Prove Nobody is too Young to Make a Difference

The Dragon's Last Ride Seattle/Anchorage 2014


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This year's The Dragon's Last Ride Seattle raised over $15,000!!  This money will financially assist pediatric sarcoma  patients through the Jenna Westerholm Pediatric Help$ Program.  Nearly 80 motorcyclists joined us for the ride, which  started at Eastside Harley in Bellevue, and several other non-bikers joined us as we rolled into the parking lot at  Outback Steakhouse in Everett for lunch and a raffle.  

Read more: The Dragon's Last Ride Seattle/Anchorage 2014

Team Ava FUNdraiser


Spirits were somewhere over the rainbow…on the evening of March 28 when Team Ava hosted a Wizard of Oz themed FUNdraiser to benefit Northwest Sarcoma Foundation’s 2014 DragonSlayer event.

Team Ava’s captain, Ava Rose Maling, was diagnosed in 2009 with Ewing’s Sarcoma and successfully underwent surgery and treatment under the care of Dr. "Chappie" Conrad and the staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Pretty in Pink 2014

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Pretty In Pink Walk has done it again! They've knocked our socks off with ANOTHER amazing gift of support and encouragement for Dragonslayers. We are honored that you allow us to put these funds to great use Pretty in Pink!

"We are PROUD to announce that we raised $8544.44 to donate to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation! We couldn't have done it without the support and generosity of this community. We are making a difference and your efforts will go a long way for cancer research and to help families who are suffering."

Kayla's Fundraiser


Monroe Catholic High School wanted to do a fundraiser for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation in December of 2013. The idea to fundraise for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation got its start because their story hits a little closer to home for Monroe. Monroe High school has had two kids fight this dragon called sarcoma, one of them myself, Kayla Rauenhorst, and the other Sabrina Mariutto who sadly passed away from this dreaded cancer. Because of these 2 students we decided that we wanted to help the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation in any way we could with their efforts to “improve cure rates for sarcomas”.  I suggested to the Monroe Student Council that we use our pizza sales on Thursdays for the first two weeks in December as the fundraiser. Along with selling pizza we also sold ‘Dragon Slayer’ bracelets and cookies. Monroe Catholic High School, through this fundraiser, raised over $400 for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.  This could not happen without the support from Monroe students, faculty, and staff who bought pizza, bracelets, and cookies or the Monroe Student Council who helped me with planning and working the fundraiser. I want to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser and may we surpass the $400 mark next year! 


Kayla Rauenhorst

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