In 2010, Lorna Day’s 9 year old son, Sam, was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare and debilitating bone cancer. At the moment of his diagnosis, Lorna committed herself completely to his care and the eradication of his horrible disease. After a six year fight, she lost Sam, but set herself on a course to make a tangible difference in the lives of pediatric cancer patients.
Lorna began her career as a pediatric occupational therapist with a Bachelor of Science from Pacific University in Oregon, and has several years of experience in early intervention and private therapy. She possesses an extensive knowledge of experimental treatments, nutrition and stress management, as well as enormous empathy for those in the midst of their cancer journey. In addition to running Sam Day Foundation, Lorna works part time as a program manager for Adaptive Sports NW, serving athletes with physical disabilities. She is a passionate champion in the fight to eliminate orphan cancers and create hope for families currently battling them.
Lorna and her husband Bob live in Portland, Oregon and have one daughter in college. She is an experienced speaker on topics related to resilience and the human spirit. She enjoys writing, cooking, yoga, travelling, friendship and the beauty of the Northwest.
Through their common struggle, Laura and Lorna become great friends, committed to supporting less toxic, targeted, immune-based therapies for sarcoma cancers, specifically Ewing sarcoma. Though Sam is not here with us physically, he is with us in spirit, pushing us forward toward a cure, so that others might have hope for a healthy future.