Grants

The Kyla McCullough Gift Fund strives to create an impact in the battle against pediatric cancer. Our strategy is to approach the battlefield from multiple directions…funding pediatric cancer research and organizations we feel increase the quality of life for children living with cancer, providing direct financial support to cancer families, along with promoting the sharing of cancer research findings.

Grant Summary

Grant Recipient Total Funds Granted
Doernbecher Children's Hospital $122,100
   >   Keller Lab       $63,000
   >   Child Life       $41,000
   >   Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund       $12,100
   >   Stryker Pediatric Patient Stretcher       $5,500
   >   Bead Program       $500

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® $110,000   (21 Wishes)

Grants Directly To Families $47,352.38   (9 Families)

Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute $45,500

Others (Pillowcases For Patients, American Cancer Society, Beads of Courage, CaringBridge) $3,335

GRAND TOTAL $328,287.38

 

Grant History

  • 4/28/2017 - Granted $703.35 to pay off two medical bills for Cheyannah Palmer Ortner, a local 4-year-old girl battling pediatric cancer.

  • 4/26/2017 - Granted $1,245.86 to the family of Daniel (a local 7th grade boy, battling Rhabdomyosarcoma) to pay off a couple utility bills and provide a small financial cushion for the family during this stressful time.

  • 4/15/2017 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 4/11/2017 - Granted $5,000 to a local high school student named Corey that is battling Osteosarcoma. The funds granted will allow the family to be able to stay home as needed to care for Corey during his chemotherapy treatments, and will also help pay for a special bed Corey will need during his recovery.

  • 3/31/2017 - Granted $301.31 to pay off three medical bills for Cheyannah Palmer Ortner, a local 4-year-old girl battling pediatric cancer.

  • 3/10/2017 - Granted $2,108.00 to puchase a refrigerator, stove, and a $500 gift card for groceries for Daniel (a local 7th grade boy, battling Rhabdomyosarcoma) and his family. The family is under financial stress and needs assistance as they work to provide a home where they can create lasting memories.

  • 3/10/2017 - Granted $4,479.18 to pay off a medical bill for DJ Dalzell, a local high school senior diagnosed with Medulloblastoma.

  • 2/14/2017 - Granted $1,090.62 to pay off two medical bills for Cheyannah Palmer Ortner, a local 4-year-old girl battling pediatric cancer.

  • 2/6/2017 - Granted $7,750 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wish for a child battling pediatric cancer. This is a milestone grant for our organization as this grant puts us at $100,000 granted to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon®.

  • 2/6/2017 - Granted $29,500 to Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase a Flow Cytometer, "a (literally) laser-powered weapon to discern bystander cells from pediatric cancer tumor cells. A Flow Cytometer is a device for looking at a cell (in our case, a cancer cell) from two angles… but one cell at a time. We can understand how big the cell is, and how packed it is with subcompartments of cancer-promoting materials. What is special about a Flow Cytometer that can sort is that we can take a large collection of cells and sort out the 'worst actors' from the petty criminals, so to speak. That is, we can select the cancer cells with certain properties that make them more likely to become resistant to therapy, and we can study these sorted, purified cells for weaknesses that we will exploit with new therapies." This is a milestone grant for our organization as this grant puts us over $100,000 granted to support Dr Keller and his pediatric cancer research at both Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute combined.

  • 11/19/2016 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 9/2/2016 - Granted $5,126.22 to support the family of local 3-year-old Cheyannah Palmer Ortner in support of her battle against Pediatric Cancer. The family recently learned their daughter has Wilm's Tumor, the most common type of kidney cancer in children. The funds granted are being used to help pay for Cheyannah's medical expenses, in addition to assisting in helping cover ongoing family expenses as her mother has taken a leave from her job in order to care for her.

  • 2/5/2016 - Granted $5,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wish of a local 7-year-old girl that is battling an aggressive brain tumor.

  • 1/23/2016 - Granted $5,370.91 to support the family of a local 7-year-old's battle against Pediatric Cancer. The family recently learned their daughter's aggressive brain tumor was growing and that there are no more treatment options for her. The funds granted are being used to allow the parents to stay home from work so they can spend more quality time with their daughter.

  • 1/12/2016 - Granted $16,000 to Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase a microscope that examines the interaction of tumor cells and normal cells like blood vessels in tissue.

  • 12/22/2015 - Sponsored a family of 5 in need of assistance in Beaverton, Oregon. This family has a 7-year-old girl with a very aggressive brain tumor. Our organization granted $1,196.25 in clothes, gift cards, and gifts for each family member in the hopes that the family would be blessed.

  • 8/3/2015 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 6/28/2014 thru 1/21/2015 - Granted $6,883.65 to build a 2nd-level deck for the family of Cassie Powell. A couple years prior, the Powell family was forced to remove their 2nd-level deck because the wood was rotting and became unsafe. Due to medical expenses related to Cassie's ongoing battle with her neuroblastoma, the family could not afford to replace it. Thus, they lived for a couple years without any 2nd-level deck, but still with three 2nd-story doors that opened to no deck. In order to help provide a safer environment for the Powell family, KMGF sponsored the project of rebuilding their 2nd-level deck, granting the necessary funds to purchase the supplies and providing the labor crew to build it.

  • 12/1/2014 - Granted $3,000 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for patients, families, and staff that spent their holidays at the hospital.

  • 5/16/2014 - Granted $250 to CaringBridge to support the services they provide to families in times of need. CaringBridge offers protected websites for connecting people when it matters most. When Kyla was battling cancer, we used the CaringBridge service to keep others up to date with how Kyla was doing.

  • 5/9/2014 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 4/14/2014 - Granted an additional $1,500 to support Cassie Powell's battle against Pediatric Cancer. It was brought to our attention that Cassie needs hearing aids to help with hearing loss that she has incurred due to her cancer treatment that she has received. Because the family cannot afford to get her the hearing aids that she needs, we have stepped in to help, thanks in large part to a targeted donation from the Hamlin family.

  • 4/12/2014 - Granted $2,500 to support Cassie Powell's battle against Pediatric Cancer. Cassie's family continues to carry the burden of financial stress caused by Cassie's battle against cancer. This Oregon City family is a very good example of how families that are in the midst of the battle need ongoing support from their community.

  • 4/11/2014 - Granted $2,500 to support Aaron Ahlstrom's battle against Pediatric Cancer. Aaron is a senior at Clackamas High School and was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor last fall.

  • 3/3/2014 - Granted $1,000 to support Mya Brandt's battle against Pediatric Cancer. Mya lives in the Salem area, is now 3 years old and is battling her 2nd occurrence of brain cancer. This grant was also made in support of the efforts of the Leadership Class at Straub Middel School. Check out this recent article to learn more.

  • 2/19/2014 - Granted $25,000 to Keller Lab at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase a DNA electroporation machine that can move artificial DNA into tumor cells by brief, high voltage electrical current with 100% accruacy.

  • 2/17/2014 - Granted $160 to Beads Of Courage to support the services they provide to children that are battling cancer. Beads of Courage offers encouragement to children coping with serious illness through innovative, arts-in-medicine suuportive care programs.

  • 12/17/2013 - Granted $6,000 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for patients, families, and staff that spent their holidays at the hospital.

  • 8/21/2013 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 3/27/2013 - Granted $12,500 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to sponsor the second phase of their Multitouch iPad Project. The first phase of this project was to provide iPads to be used strictly under the direct supervision of the Child Life Specialists during medical procedures, reducing the need to use medication. The specific goal of this second phase is to provide iPads for patient use during extended hospitalization. Studies have shown extended hospitalization can impact the development in pediatric and adolescence. Providing a means of playing and staying socially connected is one way to mitigate the potentially negative impact of extended hospitalization.

  • 3/27/2013 - Granted $14,000 to Keller Lab at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase a BioTek Synergy HT Multi-Mode Microplate Reader, which reads tumor cell growth (or tumor cell inhibition) assays and will be used on the front lines of cancer research at least 3-5 times per day.

  • 3/21/2013 - Granted $1,000 to Pillowcases for Patients to provide funding for personalized pillowcases to be made for children in hospitals. Pillowcases for Patients is an organization run by the incredible Erin Kirby, an Oregon City high-schooler who has turned her personal tragedy into smiles for children in hospitals all over the world.

  • 12/21/2012 - Sponsored Christmas for a family of 5 in need of assistance at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. This family has a 2-and-a-half year old boy who has a difficult kind of cancer to treat. The family was not from the Portland area, but had spent the week before Christmas at Doernbecher as their son received treatment for cancer. Our organization granted $1,247.03 in food, clothes, gift cards, and gifts for each family member in the hopes that the family would enjoy a very blessed Christmas with each other.

  • 11/20/2012 - Granted $5,500 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner for patients, families, and staff that spent their holidays at the hospital. Representatives from our organization attended the dinners, greeting those who came to enjoy the Holiday meal.

  • 8/21/2012 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 1/24/2012 - Granted $5,100 to Cassie Powell and family to assist in her battle against cancer. Cassie is a young girl from Oregon City that was diagnosed with a very rare form of children's cancer called Neuorblastoma in December of 2010. Cassie is at the stage of her treatment where she needs to visit Neuroblastoma specialists at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. For more information about Cassie, please visit her website, cassiesangels.com.

  • 12/22/2011 - Granted $4,000 to sponsor the Kyla McCullough Memorial Pediatric Oncology Lectureship, held on 1/31/2012 at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute to promote the sharing of cancer research findings. This lecture featured Dr. Mark Kieran, MD, PhD., Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Children's Hospital Boston, who discussed his findings with respect to using metronomic chemotherapy to target angiogenesis in tumors. To view this lecture, please visit our Lectureship page.

  • 11/1/2011 - Granted $4,000 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to provide Thanksgiving dinner for patients, families, and staff that spent their holidays at the hospital. Representatives from our organization attended the dinner, greeting those who came to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal.

  • 11/1/2011 - Granted $10,000 to the Child Life Program at Doernbecher Children's Hospital to sponsor their Multitouch iPad Project. The specific goal of this project is to dramatically decrease the use of medication for children at Doernbecher prior to medical procedures. Children who are able to manage their stress with non-pharmacological techniques have the mental acuity to understand the experience with less recovery time needed following invasive and non-invasive procedures. Ultimately, this project has the potential to impact up to 1,500 patients annually.

  • 11/1/2011 - Granted $10,000 to Keller Lab at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase an Intravital Microscope for monitoring brain tumor spread and understanding how tumor cells attach to the lining of the spinal column.

  • 8/21/2011 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 12/29/2010 - Granted $10,000 to Keller Lab at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in support of their research of pediatric cancer. This grant will be used to purchase a NanoDrop Spectrophotometer...a "workhorse" tool used by 7-8 researchers every day on the front lines in the fight against pediatric cancer.

  • 12/13/2010 - Granted $250 to CaringBridge to support the services they provide to families in times of need. CaringBridge offers protected websites for connecting people when it matters most. When Kyla was battling cancer, we used the CaringBridge service to keep others up to date with how Kyla was doing.

  • 12/13/2010 - Granted $675 to Beads Of Courage to support the services they provide to children that are battling cancer. Beads of Courage offers encouragement to children coping with serious illness through innovative, arts-in-medicine suuportive care programs.

  • 12/13/2010 - Granted $1,000 to American Cancer Society in support of the work they do to fight cancer.

  • 8/25/2010 - Granted $10,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 9/25/2008 - Granted $12,100 to Doernbecher Children's Hospital to support the fight against Pediatric Brain Tumors through their Pedicatric Brain Tumor Research Fund (8PBTR Fund).

  • 9/25/2008 - Granted $500 to Doernbecher Children's Hospital to support their bead program for the children in the Cancer Center.

  • 9/25/2008 - Granted $5,500 to Doernbecher Children's Hospital to purchase a Stryker Patient Stretcher in support of their Pediatric Emergency Department Renovation project.

  • 7/28/2008 - Granted $6,050 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 1 child battling pediatric cancer.

  • 7/18/2007 - Granted $10,200 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to sponsor the granting of the wishes of 2 children battling pediatric cancer.

  • 11/22/2006 - Granted $1,000 to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon® to support the wonderful work they do in granting the wishes of children battling serious illnesses.