Teisha Helgerson was a vibrant part of the Portland music scene along with being a respected business woman. Music was Teisha’s greatest passion and she was blessed with a melodic voice. Her first band, formed with her uncles John and David Helgerson, was aptly named “Say Uncle” and they produced an album of the same name. She founded the band “Amelia” with Scott Weddle and Jesse Emerson and they recorded three studio albums and one live album. Amelia played countess live shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the U.S.. Teisha also had fun singing back-up vocals on Ringo Starr’s album, “Ringo Starr I Wanna Be Santa Claus” and her music has been licensed for television and commercial and independent films. At age 33, Teisha was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and had a bone marrow transplant in 2007. Teisha died of the disease in September of 2011.
After her death, Portland musicians came together and finished the songs she had been writing during her treatment. These songs are compiled on the album “Carry On” by Teisha and Friends. Proceeds from the sale of this album go to fund Teisha’s Place, a temporary home provided for families during transplant. You can purchase the album the night of concert, and for one night only and as a special thank you to the teams at OHSU who cared for her, Teisha’s Place will donate the proceeds of the sale back to HHH Foundation Notes of Hope, which will help fund the AYA Oncology Peer to Peer Mentoring Program.