Grant Roesler is one of the founders of this organization, himself a cancer survivor. Receiving a diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 18, Grant spent what would have been his freshman year in college undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments instead. Once given a clean bill of health, his desire to give back compelled him to serve as a volunteer for the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) during his summer breaks from college. Soon after graduation, he was hired at CCA full time as their Family Resource Coordinator. Through contacts made over the next few years with patients, families, doctors, and other hospital staff—and also drawing from personal experience—he felt compelled to form an organization focused solely on meeting the unique needs of teens and young adults with cancer. He worked tirelessly with oncology nurse, John Blalock, and friends Rebecca Taylor (a co-survivor) and Ryan Murphey (a cancer survivor) to form Oncology Youth Connection, a non-profit created to assist young adult cancer patients and survivors in engaging activities, opportunities for reflective conversation, and promoting healthy physical, psychological and social development following their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Grant believes in working closely with other organizations. He occasionally volunteers as a camp counselor with the American Cancer Society and has been known to shave his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation whose mission is to provide funds for research for a cure of childhood cancers.
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Once her two sons were nearly grown, Susan spent almost 10 years working in various positions at the Home Builders Association of Portland, most of that time focused on the charitable arm of the association, the Home Builders Foundation. The time spent working in event planning, fundraising, scholarship development, and board management has served her well as she helped the founders of Oncology Youth Connection launch and grow the organization. Past jobs include working in both the wholesale and retail side of the optical business and in the office of her children’s elementary school. Since 2008 she has worked as a realtor, and is now licensed with Summa Professionals in Lake Oswego. She served two years on the board of the Equity Group Foundation, helping to decide how to disperse funds to grant applicants representing various local charities. She is passionate about the work the Oncology Youth Connection is doing with teen and young adults with cancer, having experienced the devastation of receiving the cancer diagnosis of her youngest son within weeks of his graduation from high school.