Cancer touches us all. Worldwide, it is estimated that there will be 15 million new cases of cancer every year by 2020. In 2014, there were 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the U.S. alone. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. The lifetime probability for developing cancer is 50% for men and 33% for women. People are living longer, our population is growing, and the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer is projected to increase yearly as the baby boomers age. It is the leading cause of death in the United States for people under the age of 85. Cancer strikes all socioeconomic groups, all ethnic groups, and those who live in both urban and rural areas. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.42 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in the US in 2007 with the overall cost of $226.8 billion. At this moment, millions of people are living with cancer, coping with difficult treatments, and waiting for a cure; they are our family members, neighbors, friends - or even ourselves. When this catastrophic disease affects children, the concern becomes even greater. Support within our communities is an essential component in providing every child with the best possible care in a healing, compassionate environment.
In Oregon, we are fortunate in having hospitals for children, which have been providing outstanding care for kids for many generations. Through generous donations, these facilities continue to grow and now have the ability to make a family's hospital stay even more comfortable. With this in mind, the Soulful Giving Foundation has chosen to benefit the Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Providence Cancer Research Center from proceeds generated through the purchase of Crater Lake sodas, event tickets and sponsor support of the Soulful Giving Blanket Concert. Providing a comfortable setting for children and family members during the course of treatment is essential, and as a result, our foundation proudly sponsors a "healing" room at Randall Children's Hospital. In addition, we also provide necessary funding to secure Providence Cancer Center's information director, so that she can provide cancer patients with necessary skills to navigate through their lifesaving program of treatment.
Thanks to donations, sponsorships, and ticket sales from the 2016 and 2017 Soulful Giving Blanket Concerts, the Providence Milwaukie Hospital was able to open a Community Teaching Kitchen, which serves the food insecure and patients diet intervention due to disease, chronic condition, or sudden illness. Your contributions also made it possible for Providence to purchase a "Point of Care Ultrasound" machine for the ICU and Medical Surgical Units as well as providing nursing scholarships to Providence Milwaukie Hospital employees who are advancing their careers in a Bachelor of Science nursing degree program. In addition, the oncology unit at Randall Children's Hospital received complete funding for the Soulful Giving Foundation Activity Room, which is designed for group art activities, medical play for patients and siblings, and special events. This space is full of inspiration, with a sense of unexpected discovery and thoughtful distractions proven to aid in the healing process. The Soulful Giving Foundation continues to find ways to benefit Providence Cancer Research Center and has done so by providing an on staff "navigator" for patients diagnosed with cancer. We will continue to search for other avenues that focus on cancer research, care and treatment within the local region. Thank you for your amazing support by adding the annual Soulful Giving Blanket Concert to your "must attend" activity calendar. Everyone on the Foundation Board is looking forward to making your day extra special and a time to remember.
Junki Yoshida - Founder
Linda Yoshida - President
Judi Swift - Vice President
Amanda Yoshida - Director
Debra Derr - Director
Madi Deotsch - Secretary
Rod Purcell - Logistics
Glenn Leier - Treasurer
Staci Sigala - Event Coordinator
Matt Wand - Legal Advisor
|Governor Kate Brown||J. Mark Garber, President, Pamplin Media Group|
|Senator Jeff Merkley||Tom Hughes, Metro Council President|
|Senator Ron Wyden||Mike Ellis (former President & CEO, Kroger)|
|Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler||Lynn Gust (former President, Fred Meyer)|