Sweet Wrap Up - 2016 iPad Birthday BASH

Hunter's 10th Birthday was an incredibly HUGE success!!

So many magnificent people to thank for making his
awesome day a day full of love, surprises
and brilliant, brilliant smiles.
Happy Birthday my love!  Your amazing sweetness is shining bright!

"Happy Birthday little hero.  You have brought hope, happiness, and 
understanding to so many.  Thanks for all the help you've given to
your wonderful mom and dad.  You have given others so much strength".
Ann Audley

This spectacular event started with 21 iPods back in 2011.  We thought it would be super cool to try to get each and every kiddo fighting cancer that was admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital an iPod Touch to help distract them and provide some awesome entertainment while they were going through treatments. Their Oncology Unit has 21 rooms.  Hunter's birthday is on the 21st.  So 21 seemed like a good number and an excellent place to start.  We got 21 iPods donated that first year from all of Hunter's sweet supporters, plus 2 more sweet ones to boot.

Well we definitely thought that was awesome, but then the next year we got 25, the following year 35, then 40, then we switched to iPad Mini's and got 55 in 2015...and now...this year, we did 105 iPad Mini's and delivered them to 5 major children's hospitals on the West Coast!!!  Absolutely unreal.

"We gave out our first iPad today to a patient in transplant, it was heart melting!!!
It couldn't have been a more perfect gift for them, thank you for making such an
incredible difference.  We are all so delighted by this gift".  Stephanie Chami, CHOC

25 iPad Mini's went to kiddos fighting cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital!

"Thank you for this wonderful donation and your visit today.
The kids loved it".  Seattle Children's Hospital

President & Founder of the Healing Hunter Foundation and
Hunter's Mama, Lenore Thawley with Seattle Seahawks player
Tylor Harris

"This is such a heartwarming story :)  Thank you for sharing this with me.
You did amazing work, and made so many children's lives brighter".  
Katie Rodgers, Fred Meyer

"Sharing kindness, love and a ray of light is such a beautiful
gift.  Thank you SO much!" Leslie Frederick

20 iPad Mini's went to kiddos receiving a Bone Marrow Transplant at
Children's Hospital Los Angeles!

"Celebrating Hunter's birthday today by delivering tons of iPad Mini's to
little warriors fighting the fight at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
The Healing Hunter Foundation continues to sprinkle love each and
every day.  So proud of you Lenore Davis!"  Jennifer Feeney

"Hey Hunter, so many cancer warriors know your name, "Iron Hunter", and
the courage of your parents Lenore & Zen Todd.  We met a girl
named JoJo, who was so happy to get her iPad Mini today.  
So many cancer warriors felt joy today because of their gift on
your 10th birthday. Your spirit continues to change the world little man.
Love you buddy".  Matt Nolan #HappyBirthdayHunterBean

Every kiddo admitted at Doernbecher Children's Hospital
received an iPad Mini!  

20 iPad Mini's went to kiddos receiving a Bone Marrow Transplant at
Children's Hospital of Orange County!

"Amazing and outstanding work!" Tim Gilbert, Portland Firefighter

"So much sweet love being sprinkled because of Hunter Zen Thawley
and his beautiful family!!!!" Rosanna Delacruz Diaz

"We've wholeheartedly harnessed that 'Hunter power',
and we are embracing his amazing lil' energy and
using it to sweetly enhance the lives of children
touched by cancer".  Hunter's Mama

And 10 went to cancer warriors at 
Randall's Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel!

We did it!!

The Healing Hunter Foundation and all of our fabulous supporters 
are continuing to rock the house with

"Very beautiful thing you are doing.  I know your
Angel is smiling down". Eva Wright Mania

Official "Live to LOVE" Trailer Sponsor

"I've never seen this much love on wheels!"
Jill Poe

Our incredible Business SPONSORS!

Fred Meyer
Lightning Cupcakes & Cakes
Horizon Pediatrics
The Albany PIX Theatre
Twin Oaks Airpark
Scholls Women's Club
MaKena Built
Baggenstos Farm Store
River's Edge Pet Medical Center
Dickey's (Murray/Scholls)
Sweet Siren Boutique

Our amazing individual SPONSORS!

(List printed at bottom)

"She did it!  What an amazing way to use your life,
Lenore & Todd - by giving it back to others.
You are an amazing warrior mama!"
Priscilla Tallman

Press Release:

Incredible people, Incredible Cause.

Kids at Seattle Childrens with Cancer Get Love from Healing Hunter Foundation and Seattle Seahawks

Players from Seattle Seahawks are delivering some joy to the kids at Seattle Childrens' Hospital in the form of iPads - to keep the kids busy while being treated. More details below. Seahawks will be presenting these gifts at 11:30am on Tuesday in conjunction with Healing Hunter Foundation founded by parents of Hunter Zen Thawley, a young amazing warrior who lost his battle with cancer.

CONTACT: Lenore Davis-Thawley Healing Hunter Foundation 501(c)(3)
Phone: 323.497.8038
Email: Lenore@healinghunterfoundation.org http://healinghunterfoundation.org/

100 iPads Donated to Children Battling Cancer in Honor of a Little Boy who Lost his Life
Parents who lost their child to AML Leukemia are making surprise deliveries of Apple iPad Minis to children battling cancer at 5 major children’s hospitals on the West Coast. The Seattle Seahawks will be helping with the delivery at Seattle Children’s Hospital and then the Parents will be delivering them to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. iPad's are also being delivered to Children’s Hospital Los Angels, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and kiddos battling cancer across the country. 
The heart-broken parents created the Healing Hunter Foundation 6 years ago on behalf of their son Hunter, their charismatic little 3-year-old boy that lost his battle in March of 2010. The 100 iPad mini’s are in honor of Hunter’s 10th birthday and the foundation wanted to celebrate it with an appropriate bang increasing their donation from the past year from 50 to 100 iPad Minis. They will also be delivered in their brand new "Live to LOVE" trailer sponsored by Chaz Dean of WEN.
Little Hunter watched his favorite movie Cars, and rocked-out to cool music videos during his long and intensive cancer treatments with the help of his parents iPhones. This technology served as an incredible distraction while little Hunter was fighting for his life. Hunter’s parents know all too well what it’s like for a child to face the harsh reality of cancer and wanted to give these kiddos an amazing way to escape. 
Among the many generous sponsors that make this happen are Paul Stanley from the rock bank KISS, Celebrity Hairstylist Chaz Dean of Wen Hair Care, Fred Meyer and Lightning Cupcakes & Cakes, (a 5 star bakery boutique in Beaverton created by Hunter’s mom with a mission to raise money directly for children with cancer). 
The Healing Hunter Foundation’s mission is three fold: to bring smiles to the children suffering from these devastating diseases, to increase bone marrow and cord blood donations, and to assist other families dealing with childhood cancers.

Hunter’s amazing journey can be witnessed at HealingHunter.com -http://healinghunter.blogspot.com/ 

September is nationally recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness month 
The Healing Hunter Foundation: 501(c)(3) http://healinghunterfoundation.org/

The Healing Hunter Foundation on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HealingHunterFoundation
Lightning Cupcakes: http://lightningcupcakes.com/
Lightning Cupcakes on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LightningCupcakes

Healing Hunter Foundation Sweetly enhancing the lives of children touched by cancer.

Individual Sponsors:  

(23) Nick Busscher
(4) Fred Meyer
(4) Laurie Reser & Family
(4) Carla & Scott Howard Elliott
(4) Kristin & Curt Escher
(2) Lightning Cupcakes & Cakes (In honor of Hunter Zen)
(2) Horizon Pediatrics PC
(2) Molly Culver & Family (In honor of Judy Culver)
(2) Diane Martincich
(2) Priscilla & Richard Tallman
(2) Anonymous Donor
(1) Erin & Paul Stanley ( KISS )
(1) The Albany Pix Theatre
(1) Friends of Pix
(1) Makena Built Custom Homes
(1) Halcyon Show Jumping, LLC
(1) Scholls Women's Club
(1) Stark's Twin Oaks Airpark
(1) River's Edge Pet Medical Center
(1) Dickey's Barbecue Pit (Scholls Murray Location - Tim Arbogast)
(1) The Lemburg Family
(1) Connie Kleck
(1) Jonya Streeper
(1) Sharon Bernash Smith ( In honor of Silas Jeremiah Smith)
(1) Raina & Jason Ohare
(1) Rob & Rachel McQueen
(1) Emily & Joe Jessal
(1) Carrie Glasgow Weston
(1) Carm & Chris Lyman
(1) Jackie & Michael Henderson
(1) Masha & Ric Markmann
(1) Jennifer & David Feeney
(1) Lisa Weber
(1) Christi Dodge & Nina Carlson
(1) Tera Torres
(1) Sandy & Timothy Bent
(1) Julie Regin Aufranc (In honor of Brandon Aufranc)
(1) Mark Erickson
(1) Christine Tarallo
(1) Mara Posa Tripi
(1) Reed & Sue Ritchey
(1) Donna Howard Elliott
(1) Jacquie Baggenstos
(1) Stefani Sucic
(1) Kendell & Martin Young
(1) Cheryl L Hamilton
(1) Kristen & Eric Davis
(1) Tory & Megan Garcia
(1) Tracy & Jeff Borlaug (In honor of Brody Borlaug)
(1) Frankie & Emily Perry-Tresser
(1) Anna & Bill Perry
(1) Deva Harris-Williams
(1) John & Anne Michele Carrozza Lilly
(1) Vikki & Steve D. Jensen (In honor of Luke Jensen)
(1) Katie Keichline (In honor of Jax)
(1) Samantha Tino & Family
(1) Tammy Muffett Bottemiller
(1) Jenna Briola
(1) John & Jill Moore Bochniak
(1) Dave & Doris Jean Bloodsworth Eppolito
(1) James & Mary Jo Bartels
(1) Stephen & Elizabeth Niedringhaus 

Partial Donations:
$200 Terry Robertson Ince (In honor of Sean David Cochran & Jessica Lynn Cochran)
$200 Nina Fine Le & Family
$150 Denna Fuentes
$100 Sweet Siren Boutique
$100 Rhiannon Weaver
$90 Aubrey Ray
$50 Hailey Elliott
$50 Lesa Hamilton Miller
$50 John & Diane MitcheLl
$50 Jen Stoltz
$50 Helen Belletti
$50 Melissa Digregorio
$25 Kevin Withrow
$20 Abrasive Armory
$40 Lisa Weber
$25 Anonymous
$1250.00 (5 iPad Mini’s)

2016 iPad Mini Birthday BASH

It's going to be Hunter Zen's 10th Birthday this year,
and that's definitely a cause for a HUGE celebration!!!  

We've decided that in his sweet honor this year, we will be celebrating his special day by giving away 100 iPad Mini's to kiddos fighting cancer.

On September 21st, Hunter's birthday, we will be making a surprise delivery up to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and will be giving every lil' courageous warrior that is fighting cancer an iPad Mini.  

In addition to giving them out at the (2) major children's hospital in Portland, we also mail them out across the country to families that send us their story and request an iPad Mini for their lil' fighter.

"I was chatting with one of my patients in Spokane yesterday and they
told me their iPad was from Healing Hunter.  Yay!!
Your extending love to Eastern Washington.  It made my day", 
Ross Goshorn, Pediatric Cancer

All of this sweet magic happens by amazing individuals donating $250 to sponsor an iPad Mini for a cool lil' warrior.  These gifts provide a fantastic distraction while they undergo treatments and clinic visits for days, months...and sometimes years.  It's a wonderful piece of technology that allows them to listen to music, take photos and videos, watch movies...keep diaries...document their courageous fight.  The list goes on and on, and it's extreeeeemely appreciated.

Hunter used our iPods and iPhones CONstantly while going through his treatments.  It was truly the greatest thing ever to be able to pull up Lightning McQueen and watch CARS, as he's about to undergo his umpteenth body scan, Xray, chemo treatment or blood transfusion.  He was immediately taken away to a much sweeter place and was able to "somewhat" not pay attention to the intense happenings going on around him.

We've given away iPods and iPad Mini's now for 6 years in Hunter's honor and it's been a
tremendously successful event.  The sweetness just keeps getting bigger
and bigger and our circle of love just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

News footage from last year

If you'd like to participate, you can donate at the link below,
or send in a check to the Healing Hunter Foundation.  You can message
Lenore@HealingHunterFoundation.Org for the address and additional information.

We are going for 100 iPad mini's, so that means we need to raise $25,000!

Let's get this sweet 10th birthday party started!!!

All of this sweetness will be delivered in the new
Live to LOVE Trailer
Sponsored by

Inspirational, Trailblazing, Passionate. 

Healing Hunter Foundation
Official 501(c)(3)

Sweetly enhancing the lives of children touched by cancer.

To view some more footage of our love-filled projects,
click the link below.

Healing Hunter Foundation's
YouTube Channel

To request an iPad Mini for a lil' cancer warrior,
please complete the information below and email it to:

(All requests must be from within the United States and
they are given away on a first come, first serve basis.  We
will give them away while supplies last).

Requested Warrior information:

(* Indicates required field)

*Date of Request:

*Name of Person Requesting:

*Name of Recipient:

*Parents, (names):

*Address for Delivery:

*Contact Number, (person requesting):

*Email Address, (person requesting):

*Caring Bridge / Warrior Website / Blog, (if created one):




*Treatment Hospital:

*Where are they in their treatment, (ie.  3rd out of 5 rounds of chemo, before or after Bone Marrow Transplant, relapse...)

Feeling active or mostly bedridden?

*How you heard about the Healing Hunter Foundation's iPad Birthday BASH:

*Have you or the recipient ever received anything from the Healing Hunter Foundation in the past?

Any additional notes or helpful information:

Sending much Hope, Love, Smiles and Sweet Prayers -

(US residents only).

Live to LOVE Trailer Sponsor - WEN by Chaz Dean

"Live to LOVE" Trailer Sponsor

My heart is filling up with such sweetness as I begin this post. I am so incredibly happy and beyond excited to announce our super cool "Live to LOVE" trailer sponsor, WEN by Chaz Dean.
This rockin' trailer will now make all of our love-filled deliveries up to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel here in Portland, OR.
Chaz Dean is truly such an incredible person. We met him through the fabulous Wendy-Parker Purcaro when Hunter was going through his first round of treatments at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. We used his amazing conditioners on Hunter's hair throughout his chemo and completely fell in love with his products. His heart is huge, he is overly kind and very generous and we are extremely proud to be associated with such an incredible human being.
Chaz, thank you for believing in us and our lil' love and for all of your sweetness that you've blessed us with over the years. We are dearly fond of you and are very much looking forward to spreading the sweet Hunter love with you.   
WEN by Chaz Dean - "Live to LOVE" Trailer Sponsor
WEN - Healthy Hair Care System

Surprise Toy Delivery Easter Weekend

Thank you Rivermark Community Credit Union​ for participating and 
gathering toys for this awesome event!!

Lots of sweetness was delivered into the lil' warrior's rooms today ❤️

I hope they realize how much they are thought about and can wholeheartedly feel the massive amounts of love coming their way ❤️❤️❤️

Happy Bunny Day from the Healing Hunter Foundation

A sweet stop on the Hunter Bunny Express to

It took a serious flatbed and a whole lotta wagons to get all of this 
bunny sweetness up to those amazing lil' fighters 

Our stop at Doernbechers!

Thank you Behind the Smile - Dentistry for Children for these cute, 
lil' toothbrush kits!!! We're stuffin' them in all of our surprise bunny smile sacks!!! Brusha...brusha...brusha!

Bunny love for the amazing nurses that take such 
awesome care of those courageous lil' fighters ❤️

The Healing Hunter Foundation delivers several bundles of
sweetness throughout the entire year.

Click here to DONATE:


Healing Hunter Foundation: Sweetly enhancing the lives of children touched by cancer.

#LivetoLOVE #SurpriseToyDelivery #EasterWeekend #MakingaSweetDifference #RivermarkCreditUnion #RockinthehousewithLoveHopeandSmiles

Angelversary Donations - Believe in LOVE!

Sweetness is happening!!

Click here to DONATE:


Make a sweet donation to the Healing Hunter Foundation and receive a rockin' LivetoLOVE mug!!
100% of the proceeds directly benefit the kiddos and their families atDoernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel through the Healing Hunter Foundation.

This is our precious attempt to make Angelversary days rays of light instead of days of darkness. This is in honor of all of the bereaved parents who have to tenderly acknowledge days like these. And we are paying it sweetly forward by helping out other amazing families that are currently in the fight. 

Get a business to sign up to donate a portion of their proceeds for the day and get a set of (4)!

Contact Lenore@HealingHunterFoundation.Org for more details.

Healing Hunter Foundation.Org

‪#‎HuntersRockinAngelversary‬ #LivetoLOVE ‪#‎Givingbacksweetly‬‪ #‎WarriorLOVE‬ ‪#‎HealingHunterFoundation‬ ‪#‎AngelWarriors‬


I remember growing up hearing from many people at random times in my life that losing a child is the worst thing that can ever happen to you. I remember hearing that it is a brutal pain unlike any other. I remember hearing that some people don't come back...they never recover. They're lost in the despairing darkness forever.
It's a daily effort to wake every single morning and make meaning of Hunter's death. It's a daily effort to find a way to peacefully rest with it. It's a daily effort just to basically survive it. It's intense. It's merciless. It's heart thrashing. It's a devastating experience that can put you in tragic ruins for years.
At the blink of an eye I can think of something that will drop me to my knees and collapse my heart so profoundly...it makes me seriously wonder how we've made it this far. There are images and memories that live right there at the surface that are constantly being held at bay or beaten back.
I applaud every bereaved parent whose heart has been severely broken to no end, yet still finds a graceful way to love. I applaud every bereaved parent whose mind can be relentless, yet is still able to think & understand with a little bit of clarity. I applaud every bereaved parent who's soul has been pulverized, yet is still able to find a tranquil peace. I applaud every bereaved parent who is just able to make it out of bed every single morning and find a reason to live. I applaud our struggle to survive. 
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Thank you so very much to everyone that has donated on behalf of Hunter's Angelversary. We're rockin' his love all over town and making an amazingly sweet difference along the way.
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Hunter's Angelversary | March 8th
Hunter's Journey 
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"Can't imagine your heart and the roller coaster of pain you experience; but I can say as an onlooker, what you've done with your pain has been life changing for so many and amazing to witness.  You and your family are MUCH loved".  Karyn Meyer Berthel

"We have only met in brief passing...but my heart drops when I see Hunter's beautiful cherub face that is now jumping in heaven's mud puddles, and wiggling with happy abandon.  Then I realize what a huge wave of goodness and love he left in his wake and those waves continue to roll and get bigger and BIGGER!  You are an amazing family and mom.  I so appreciate the energy you give to others.  I thank your family and your little Hunter bean for igniting a fire of happiness that fiercely spreads each day.  Peace."  Leslie Frederick


Angelversary Sponsors

You all could not have made our day any sweeter.
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 Thank you so very much to everyone that shared a lil' love in honor of our cool lil' rockstar.

"LOVE is the foundation for all things spectacular", Hunter's Mom 

LIVEtoLOVE Angelversary Pledges 
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Sweet Dollar Pledges:
$950 Carla Lemburg Elliott
$250 Kendell & Martin Young
$250 Jennifer Feeney
$100 Vikki Jensen
$100 Jen & Matthew Fass
$100 Jennifer Harrison
$100 Tera Torres
$100 Carrie Glasgow Weston
$30 Aubrey Ray
Sweet Business Pledges:
$1,755.20 AB Mauri Baking Solutions
$270.00 Catherine Campbell w/ L'Attriat Salon
In-Kind Donations:
(50) Behind the Smile - Dentistry for Children - Brush Kits
Walgreens (Scholls/Murray Location) - Commitment to Easter Smile Sacks
(3) Amazing Stuffies! Karrie Danhof Hendrick
(1) Sweet Box of Goodies - Kristen Wylie Caputo
(3) Mp3 Players - Andrea Herbst Stepien
100% of the proceeds will directly benefit the kiddos and their families at Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel through the Healing Hunter Foundation heart emoticon
Healing Hunter Foundation.Org

Angelversary Facebook Posting

Sweet layers of LOVE

The Portland Zoo used to make me feel sick to my stomach every single time I drove by. I used to turn the music up really loud and make the biggest effort to start thinking of something else…ANYthing else that would engage my thoughts, and make me think of something other than Hunter’s last days.
The trip to the zoo killed us. It was one of the most painful trips of my life. I remember everything about it and there are several images and memories burned into my psyche that will haunt me for the rest of my life. He was so sick at that point he couldn’t get out of his stroller to walk. We knew we were going to lose him, we just didn’t know when. So it became this race to love him and enjoy him and expose him to everything beautiful and amazing and wonderful…everything a 3 year old would want to see and enjoy and experience in their lifetime. Yet we had very little time to do it and he was just so very sick. And just so tired. And sore, and we’d have to pump his lil’ body up with “happy juice” aka oxycodone so that he would feel well enough to take in some beauty and be able to enjoy these lil’ trips that we were taking him on.
Kids were racing circles around us. Tearing through the zoo like nobody’s business. Running, stomping, jumping, laughing. Taking in every last drop of it. Every now and then one would stop and give a quick glance at Hunter’s “nose hose” and his puffy cheeks and his sweet lil’ furry face, from the steroids, and wonder what was wrong with him and why he wasn’t out of his stroller like all of the other kids playing….jumping…and laughing.
I remember painfully crying, while pushing his stroller through several parts of that zoo. Our lil’ love was going to die. Oh my God.
An extremely, traumatic trip.
I had decided about a year after Hunter passed that I wasn’t able to keep up my dancing shenanigans and my “lets think of fun thoughts” game every time I drove by the Portland Zoo. Which was quite often. Not to mention, it didn’t really work. So it was clearly time to face it. It was time to dreadfully go back. It was time to sweetly layer it.
It started with very close family and friends at first. Wasn’t sure how hard it was going to be and I wanted to have some other meaningful memories there to somewhat walk along with the Hunter memories. They had to be powerful and sweet. People we loved dearly, people who knew Hunter. People we could crumble in front of and know they would tenderly pick us up…if they weren’t crumbling along beside us.
It took awhile. But it eventually started to happen. My memories became something more than just the haunting ones. I can now, on most occasions, drive by the Portland Zoo and smile. I can at least now drive by without a daggering pain in my heart that I feel could have, at one point, killed me. I can now drive by with some sort of serenity.
I’ve now begun the sweet layers of Hunter’s "Angelversary" and I have so many amazing hearts to thank. I truly didn’t want to dread this day. I didn’t want the darkness to overshadow the light. I didn’t want the sorrow to overshadow the love. I wanted to embrace Hunter and all of his love and all of his shining sweetness and have that carry me through my day instead of bury me.
Thank you all so very much for loving our lil’ bean as much as you do. Thank you all so very much for believing in us and our lil’ journey. Thank you all so very much for so tenderly and lovingly carrying us through this Hunter day of absolute sweetness.
Cheers to LOVE and Hunter’s amazing, lil’ life 
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