The Oregon Cancer Foundation is embarking on an exciting season, filled with events and activities that will engage the community and help support cancer patients in Lane County.

The first Sunday in June marked National Cancer Survivors Day, an annual observance to honor and celebrate the millions of Americans living with cancer. Oregon Cancer Foundation (OCF) was privileged to host an event at Lively Park in Springfield.

“Cancer is a scary word,” said Amy Johnston, OCF’s executive director. “But the truth is that more people are living longer, and they’re living better lives after cancer than ever before. It’s important to celebrate this new reality in cancer survivorship.”

Survivor Bonnie Settera addressed the crowd at the Survivors Day celebration and shared her personal perspective on coping with cancer and embracing the healing power of hope.

“Cancer has helped me truly understand the meaning of the word ‘believe,'” Bonnie told those in attendance. “OCF has been a lifesaver for me. I like the fact that this organization is local, and it’s here when we need it.”

“Cancer is an emotionally and financially difficult process, and many people are not prepared for that,” said Dr. Winnie Henderson, a surgeon with Northwest Surgical Specialists and OCF board member. “The money that OCF raises stays local and helps those receiving cancer treatment in Lane County.”


Dr. Winnie Henderson and cancer survivor Bonnie Settera addressing the crowd at the National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration in Springfield

Survivorship is increasing
According to the American Cancer Society, there are 15.5 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. today, and that number is expected to grow to more than 20 million by 2026. The number of cancer survivors is rising due, in part, to earlier detection and better treatments. As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to address the unique needs of these individuals.

This fall, Oregon Cancer Foundation will again be offering its free, 10-week Series on Surviving Cancer, which will address several topics, such as:

  • Understanding how relationships are impacted while on the cancer journey
  • Learning how to eat and exercise to stay healthy and reduce risk of recurrence
  • Managing anxiety about cancer returning, sadness, depression and other emotions
  • Exploring mindfulness, meditation, spirituality and other forms of self-care and healing

Participants meet once a week from September 14 to November 16. To learn more and to register, click here.

Upcoming fundraisers benefitting OCF
Community members and businesses are invited to participate in several upcoming fundraisers that support cancer patients through Oregon Cancer Foundation.

The Eugene Pro Rodeo will again be donating to the Foundation proceeds from its Tough Enough to Wear Pink night on Saturday, July 1. Celebrate the opening day of the rodeo with games, giveaways, fireworks and more!

Want to spend a day on the beautiful McKenzie River? Reserve your seat on the FUNdraising Float, a 16-mile guided rafting trip on Saturday, July 29. Cost is $110 per person and includes roundtrip transportation and a riverside picnic lunch.

Planning is underway for the colorful and creative Bras for a Cause campaign. The fun kicks off September 15 with a NEW Girls Night Out celebration and more categories for entries. Click here for details.

Are you a local business leader? Mark your calendar for November 15 at 7:30 am, and join us at Valley River Inn for our annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors with Cancer Breakfast. The event showcases the work of the Foundation in the community and raises funds for its Financial Assistance Program, which provides immediate, direct financial assistance to local cancer patients. Show your support and reserve a table for your business, or become an event sponsor! For more information, call 541-632-3654 or email

We look forward to an exciting summer and a fabulous fall. We hope you’ll join us!