A Montana man, tile contractor, made his way to Beaverton to help find a treatment for his daughter’s rare childhood cancer.

In 2011, Andy Woods was on top of the world. He owned a residential tile business, just bought his first home — a new log cabin — and his second child was born.

And then the unthinkable happened. Stellablue, his seemingly healthy 4-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with a rare and, more often than not, fatal childhood cancer. She was diagnosed with advanced stage anaplastic tumor, falling in the 8 percent of children for whom chemotherapy is not effective. The treatment options were dismal.

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Often when we go through health crises, we feel alone. By sharing your story, you are not only providing a call-to-action for your community, but showing others that they are not alone in their experiences. We are continually inspired by the stories people share and channel into a force for change.

Is there someone you know who has courageously shared their story, inspiring you and impacting your life? Nominate them for the Consano Ripples of Hope Award. We will present the award during our Consano PDX Portland event this October 21st.

Our inaugural winner was The Kalanithi Family. Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the The New York Times bestselling book “When Breath Becomes Air,” has impacted so many as he honestly grappled with the uncertainty of time and how to live — and die — well. Paul’s legacy lives on in his adorable daughter Cady and also in the words that have meant so much to so many. Dr. Lucy Kalanithi attend the event last year to accept the award on behalf of her family, and signed copies of “When Breath Becomes Air.”

We are excited to honor another amazing person or family at this year’s event. Nominate your inspiration now! Nominations close at midnight on April 30th. 

10/21/17! Consano PDX 2017 is already in the works! Get ready for a night of great food, company and inspiration. We will be taking your nominations for our “Ripples of Hope” award, too. This year’s recipient will follow in the footsteps of our inaugural winners Paul, Cady & Lucy Goddard Kalanithi. If you or your company would like to get involved, email us at info@consano.org. This event generates the majority of our operating income for the entire year — you make it possible! So save the date and help us spread the word! #HealItForward

Karen Holman is a punk rocker, radio DJ, a researcher and chemistry professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Check out her recent TedX Salem talk about the discovery of metal-based anti-cancer drugs. She hopes to make the science behind this discovery approachable for audiences of all backgrounds, to learn about the barriers medical science face in becoming accessible to patients, and become energized about scientific discovery and innovation. Special thank you for the Consano call out about the way crowdfunding is helping to shift the funding paradigm for medical research and enabling anyone to help advance science.

A global event taking place every year on February 4th, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

In honor of #WorldCancerDay, here are some ways you can help advance cancer research with us:

  1. Support a cancer research crowdfunding project. Donate any amount (small or large) and receive ongoing updates from the researcher about the progress of the project.
  2. Start an Honor Fund to raise money for cancer research that matters to you without the time and money required to start your own foundation. If you don’t know which researcher or lab to support, Team Consano will help you find one!
  3. Support our general cancer research fund, The #WorldCancerDay Hope Fund. 100% of this fund will directly support vetted cancer research projects.

Let’s #HealItForward together!

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