Melissa Hill, Jackson Hill's mother, joined us today to talk about this year's Jackson's Ride the Gorge which is a fundraising bicycle ride for the Jackson Hill Foundation. Jackson passed away September 13, 2005 ending a nineteen month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of cancer. Jackson was a valiant fighter, from the initial diagnosis when he was only ten years old, until finally succumbing to this insidious disease at twelve years of age. Jackson's battle was one of multiple treatments and surgeries. He faced rounds of chemotherapy, had his leg removed, limb salvage surgery, lung metastases, two lung surgeries, and multiple drug trials.
The Jackson Hill Foundation honors the legacy of Jackson Hill, by supporting efforts to ease the suffering of families who have a child in the hospital.
Jackson's family and friends have come together to form a foundation to ensure that his legacy of giving back continues. Jackson inspires us through memories of how he approached his battle with cancer. Even when he had exhausted normal treatment protocol, he pressed on with drug research trials so that he could help others.
We're already making an impact. The Jackson Hill Wellness Center in the new Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland, Oregon opened February, 2012 with the support of riders like you who have participated in this ride and raised funds for our organization.
The Jackson Hill Wellness Center is open 24 hours a day for families of patients in the hospital offering them a respite from the stress of a hospital visit or stay .
To join this year's ride, supported by Portland Century, and beginning at the University of Portland this Saturday click here.