A generous group of sponsors and community members make Tour des Chutes possible. The funds raised directly support cancer survivors in our Central Oregon community.
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Tour des Chutes supports these comprehensive services for cancer patients and their caregivers in Central Oregon
ST. CHARLES CANCER CENTER & CANCER SURVIVORSHIP PROGRAM
|DEFEATcancer||Monthly survivorship empowerment program focusing on nutrition, physical activity, education and inspiration. A nutritious light supper is served and topics are chosen to inspire healthy living with and beyond cancer – for survivors and their caregivers/family members.|
|Support Sisters & Support Brothers||One-on-one peer support program matching trained volunteers (at least one year out of treatment) with newly-diagnosed patients to provide support and hope. Serving men and women of Central and Eastern Oregon with all types of cancer.|
|Young Adult Survivor Network||Designed to meet the needs of survivors diagnosed before their 46th birthdays. Meets for educational presentations, general discussion and social activities.|
|Physical Activity Outings||Weekend activities to encourage survivors/caregivers to increase their level of physical activity – hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking.|
|Nutrition||Nutritional counseling by Registered Dietician; Foodies “field trips” to businesses, restaurants and farms to encourage survivors/ caregivers to incorporate more fruits, veggies, whole grains and legumes into their diets.|
|Soaring Spirits Cancer Survivor & Family Camp||Annual weekend camp held at Suttle Lake with emphasis on nutrition, physical activities, and relaxation. Offered activities: hiking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, geo-caching, horse rides, Reiki, massage, crafts, oncologist Q&A, etc.|
|Men’s, Women’s and Community Support Groups||Traditional support groups designed to meet the psycho-social needs of cancer patients and their caregivers/family members.|
|Cancer & the Arts||Programs designed to allow the survivor to process his/her experience through creating. Offered activities: writing workshop, knitting, sculpting.|
|Integrative Care||Reiki, oncology massage, stress management classes.|
|Community Education||No-cost presentations on cancer screening and early detection for breast, skin, colorectal, testicular and prostate cancers.|
|Assistance Programs||Provides assistance with gas cards, groceries, utilities and/or rent for cancer patients while in treatment.|
Tour des Chutes helped fund the beginnings of the new non-profit organization, Pediatric Foundation. This foundation has been launched to benefit children with cancer.
Pediatric Foundation will offer assistance specific to families with children who have cancer. These children must travel outside the area to receive treatments specific to pediatric oncology.
As a result, families may incur thousands of dollars in out-of- pocket expenses, plus significant loss of income during frequent visits for surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, rehabilitation and more.
Pediatric Foundation was conceived by Gary Bonacker, founder of Tour des Chutes cycling event and co-owner of Sunnyside Sports, and Dr. Dale Svendsen, a partner and pediatrician at Central Oregon Pediatric Associates (COPA). Gary Bonacker and Dr. Svendsen have both seen the tremendous financial burden placed on families who have children who must receive their treatments outside the area and they agreed to start an organization that can have direct impact in assisting these families.
The annual Tour des Chutes raises money to support adults with cancer and with the Pediatric Foundation is committed to expanding the mission to include children.