For Jacob Nolte, what started as a simple project to meet a requirement for graduating high school, has become an annual event raising over $52,000 for the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, the only such program in the state of Oregon. Jacob wanted to combine his interests in marketing and music to put on a benefit for the continued support of the AYA movement introduced to him by his close friend, Bethany Hartung.
After passing away from Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the summer of 2007, Bethany was the true inspiration behind the concert and helped connect Jacob to Dr. Brandon Hayes-Lattin, MD and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute AYA Program. In the first year of the concert, nearly 500 people attended to hear live-music, honor Bethany, and further her dream of helping other AYAs by raising $13,000.
Amazed by people’s generosity and seeing one of Bethany’s hopes of raising awareness about AYA fulfilled through this event, Jacob had the motivation and encouragement to expand Notes of Hope into an annual fundraiser. Now, in our fifth year, we can only look to the future and continue to touch the lives of 15-39 year olds in the Northwest who have been affected by cancer.
Musicians, artists, professional storytellers, and more have joined the cause growing the event each year. We are honored to continue to spread the awareness Bethany always hoped for.