This year’s concert, Friday, November 11th at the Alberta Rose Theatre, will continue in the tradition of providing great music from local talents and live storytelling from AYAs sharing how they answered when cancer came knocking.

Cancer is emotionally and psychologically devastating for anyone, but it remains particularly so for the estimated 70,000 adolescents and young adults who are diagnosed between the ages of 15-39 each year. This is a time when many of life’s biggest journeys are just beginning.

Additionally, AYA aged patients affected by cancer have a set of needs unique to their age group, such as, issues of long term effects from treatment, fertility preservation, and re-integration into school or work. We are very fortunate to have an Adolescent and Young Adult Program here in the Portland area at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Directed by Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, an internationally recognized leader in the field of AYA Oncology, and a well-respected advocate for young cancer patients, this program was one of the first in the nation and the only in Oregon.

Notes of Hope is a fundraising concert presented by the Hugh Howard Housen Memorial Foundation and benefiting the AYA Program at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Notes of Hope began in memory of Bethany Hartung, who died of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2007 at the age of 21. The HHH Foundation was founded in memory of Hugh Housen who died of Ewings Sarcoma in 2005 at the age of 25. Both Bethany and Hugh inspire us daily to find a cure for cancer and assist those young adults continuing to fight the disease.

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