SMCF Donates $100,000 to the Knight Cancer Challenge
ROSE FESTIVAL INVITES THE SPIRIT OF GIVING
The Spirit Mountain Community Fund and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation are inviting the public to join in the spirit of giving and help end cancer as we know it. For the first time in its history the Portland Rose Festival is embracing an official charitable cause: The Knight Cancer Challenge. Their goal to help raise funds and awareness in Phil and Penney Knight's $1 billion, two-year challenge to help the doctors and researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University Knight Cancer Institute continue their groundbreaking work.
"At Spirit Mountain Community Fund we know that each of our lives has been or will be touched by cancer. We stand with the community to support awareness and research through our combined strength," says Kathleen George, Director of Spirit Mountain Community Fund. "It's with a deep sense of gratitude that we're awarding the Knight Cancer Challenge a gift of $100,000. We will continue to support efforts to understand and fight this disease."
Rose Festival is a time for people to come together to celebrate the positive things in a world too often affected by the negative. Some might say it's a time for people to forget those things for a while, not a time to be reminded of a disease that will soon be the number one cause of death in the U.S.
But the Director of Events & Communication for the Rose Festival, Marilyn Clint, disagrees. "Yes, Rose Festival is a time to celebrate," she says. "It can also be a time to motivate. The festival has the power of people, people who may not have the means to give millions. But dollar by dollar, every person can be part of Dr. Druker's dream." A Rose Festival historian, Clint sees the significance of the timing of this challenge. "People will look back on the 2014 Rose Festival as the time we all united to end cancer as we know it."
Kathleen George goes on to say, "Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Our focus is to improve the quality of life in Northwest Oregon through community investments that provide lasting benefits consistent with the Tribe’s culture and values. Since 1997, we have given over $62 million dollars to non-profits in our 11 county service area, as well as Oregon Tribes. It’s who we are."
A portion of funds generated through registration in the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk, The Rose Festival Runners Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon Team and a special visit by Mascots for a Cure will go towards the Cancer Challenge. Donations to OHSU's Knight Cancer Challenge will fund research to find smarter, faster ways to detect cancer when the disease is most curable. Early detection is the most direct route to ending cancer as we know it. OHSU has the vision and expertise to find the quickest path to new diagnostics and new cures.