It is with a combination of sadness and immense gratitude to share with you that we are winding down the operations of Consano after 9 fantastic years! We are so proud of all that we have accomplished and so grateful that you have been a part of this adventure. Thank you for supporting medical research and for healing it forward by sharing your experiences and channeling hard times into a way to help others. Our hearts are full because of you!

With gratitude,

Molly & Team Consano

We hope you can join us on Thursday, April 15th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET for our inaugural Consano Speaker Series event featuring a talk by Dr. Nadine McCleary of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:

Connecting Patients to Resources to Improve Cancer Care Equity



Dr. McCleary’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Consano board member, Anisha Goodly. Can’t attend the event, but want to support Dr. McCleary’s work, visit her full crowdfunding project and donate here.

Many factors contribute to health, but the social determinants of health are some of the most important, including housing security, health literacy, food security, finances, employment, and caregiving. The social determinants of health impact all phases of cancer care, from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.

Dr. Nadine McCleary will share how her team is working to increase health equity and survival for cancer patients using “User-centered Resource Coordination and Engagement (RESOURCE)” to bring hospital and community resources directly to patients rather than asking patients to find resources themselves.

We hope you can join us on Saturday, February 8th, 7pm at the Portland Art Museum for Consano PDX!

The theme this year is “the future is now” so put on your favorite “futuristic” attire and celebrate the scientific strides that have been made and the exciting things to come! Get ready to be inspired by our 2020 Ripples of Hope Winner, Dr. Alex Butler. We will also be presenting a check to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Multiple Myeloma researchers Dr. Rebecca Silbermann & Dr. Eva Medvedova in honor of our 2019 Ripples of Hope award winner, Tom Brokaw.


Meet our 2020 Ripples of Hope Award Winner, Dr. Alexandra Butler

Alex is a mom, wife, daughter and pediatric hospitalist in Portland, Oregon who embodies the Consano mission to heal it forward! Her interest in medicine was sparked initially as being a patient: she was born with congenital heart disease, and required life-saving surgery in infancy. As a young patient, she recalls mostly being afraid of doctor’s offices, procedures, and everything medical, but as she got older and was able to understand more, something clicked— the fear she had felt as a child was due to her not being able to understand what was going on, and once she had more knowledge, things weren’t nearly as scary. She was inspired to help other sick children understand their diagnoses in ways that were developmentally appropriate, to better allay the natural fear that comes with an illness.

In 2019, after almost 10 years of a successful medical career, Alexandra became a patient once again. She has been diagnosed with an extremely rare type of brain cancer, anaplastic oligodendroglioma. There is currently no cure for her cancer, and because it is so rare, most of the medical research has been geared toward other types of brain cancers, which are more common, and faster growing. Without knowledge, there is fear— and Alexandra is motivated to help herself and other people with this diagnosis be able to increase their knowledge, to be able to conquer their fears, through increasing medical research on her disease. We couldn’t be more excited and proud to present Alex with the 2020 Ripples of Hope Award!Can’t attend the event, but want to support Alex’s Honor Fund, click here!

Not sure what to wear? Here’s some “futuristic” inspiration!

Think Galaxy: use metallics, LED clothing, stars and sparkles. Or 1960’s “moon landing” glam. Or just come in your favorite cocktail attire. We are excited to see you no matter what you wear!


Big thank you to our returning presenting sponsor: Oregon Anesthesiology Group

We hope you can join us on Satruday, February 8, 2020 at the Portland Art Museum for Consano PDX.

After postponing the original September date for the event due to the ceiling collapse at the Portland Art Museum, Consano PDX is BACK ON! We hope you can join us in February for Consano PDX 2019-2020! The theme this year is “the future is now” so put on your favorite “futuristic/space inspired/60s glam” attire to channel the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and celebrate the scientific strides that have been made and the exciting things to come! 


Big thank you to our returning presenting sponsor: Oregon Anesthesiology Group

You might have heard by now, but the ceiling of the Portland Art Museum Kridel Ballroom, where the Consano event is to be held, collapsed on Tuesday (press release from the museum here). The good news is that no one was hurt. The bad news, is that we cannot have the Consano PDX event there. We are working to come up with a new date and will put out a new save the date soon! We are sending good thoughts to our friends of The Portland Art Museum as they rebuild the iconic room and look forward to celebrating there again soon! Sorry for any inconvenience this causes you!

We hope you can join us on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Portland Art Museum for Consano PDX 2019.

The theme this year is “the future is now” so put on your favorite “futuristic” attire and celebrate the scientific strides that have been made and the exciting things to come! Also, stay tuned for the big reveal of our “Ripples of Hope” award winner this year. Here’s a clue: he’s one of the most prolific storytellers of our time…. any guesses?


Big thank you to our returning presenting sponsor: Oregon Anesthesiology Group

We hope you’ll save the date for Consano PDX on September 20, 2019 at the Portland Art Museum! I don’t know how we’ll top this year’s record fundraising and surprise performance by Storm Large, but our wheels are already turning. Contact us at if your company would like to sponsor the event or if you want to be a part of the planning! 



Our 2018 “Ripples of Hope” award winner was Season 15 “Top Chef” fan favorite, Chef Fatima Ali. Chef Fati has been incredibly open and honest in sharing her cancer experience with the world. Take a look at the tribute video we put together to honor her featuring messages from fellow contestants Chef Adrienne Cheatham and Chef Christopher Scott as well as from “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi.

Chef Fati also shared today in Bon Appetite Magazine that her cancer is back: 

“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone. My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty, and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.

It’s funny, isn’t it? When we think we have all the time in the world to live, we forget to indulge in the experiences of living. When that choice is yanked away from us, that’s when we scramble to feel. I am desperate to overload my senses in the coming months, making reservations at the world’s best restaurants, reaching out to past lovers and friends, and smothering my family, giving them the time that I so selfishly guarded before.”

You can read the entire piece here. Warning: it’s beautiful. Team Consano is sending Chef Fati so much love. ❤️

🎉 Thanks to you, we raised over $150,000 this year at Consano PDX! 🎉

Wow! What an epic night! Thank you for your incredible generosity!!! Big thank you to each of you for being a part of the Consano community. You all embody the meaning behind Heal It Forward!

Huge thank you to Storm Large for the show-stopping impromptu performance and for reminding us that you never know what’s going to happen at Consano PDX!

Keep sharing your photos and videos on social media with the tags #consanoPDX and #healtiforward. It’s been so fun to see how you all experienced this amazing night! Professional photos from Lindsey Wiatt Photography will be available soon, so look for those on Facebook and tag yourself!

We couldn’t do this without our very generous sponsors. Consano PDX is presented by Oregon Anesthesiology Group. Huge thank you to our Heal sponsors: Foundation, Lindquist Development Co., Regence, The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery and Trauma Specialists.


Make sure you grab tickets to Consano PDX while they last! 

Friday, September 21st | 6pm | Portland Art Museum


Featuring our “Ripples of Hope” award winner, Chef Fatima Ali! “Top Chef” fan favorite and cancer survivor, Chef Fati epitomizes the idea of healing it forward!

And don’t miss some amazing auction items!

Do you want to have dinner in the GM’s suite with Jerry Dipoto before a Seattle Mariners Game? This is after you are on the field for batting practice prior to a Mariners home game, meet & greet and photo ops with select players. And then you get to enjoy the game. Don’t miss this and other amazing auction items at Consano PDX!

Purchase tickets to the event here:

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