Frozen Winter Wonderland 2014

FROZEN Winter Wonderland
December 2014.

News Coverage below!

The oncology unit at Doernbecher Children's Hospital was truly transformed into a magical FROZEN Winter Wonderland and the kiddos are just absolutely LOVING it!

As soon as you enter the unit, you are instantly splashed with colorful Frozen holiday cheer.  
Life size figures of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven are there to greet you with hope and love, and they truly bring this magical Frozen Winter Wonderland to life.  

We sprinkled Anna, Elsa and Olaf love in every lil' place we could find :)

Throughout the hallways and along the bottoms of the nurses stations...

...on all of the doors...

...under the tree...

...every single place that needed a splash of holiday cheer :)

Frozen clusters hang outside of each and every window. 

Then of course the FROZEN Christmas Tree! 
Stunning.  Hits you with a blast of Frozen love right when 
you walk in the door.

Thank you SO MUCH Julie Tate for donating this beauty!

Anna & Elsa hope chest at the bottom of the Frozen Christmas tree.

Anna and Elsa are glowing & gleaming throughout the entire tree :)

Of course our lil' love Hunter shines-on delivering some
cool holiday spirit :)

Warm holiday wishes, Angels, trees and clusters
are sprinkled about the halls.

We try to spruce up every nook and cranny that we discover.

This Olaf already existed thanks to Crystal Henshen...
so we just basically had to build our wonderful world around him ;)

And then of course we do the entire clinic side where all the lil' warriors come in
for their check-ups :) 

This side was decorated in the classic Christmas red style.

Hope clusters :)

Clinic side nurses station.

Our beautiful snow Angel tree :)

And we have to highlight the Portland Firefighters of course who have sweetly assisted us over the last 3 years! Super, fantastic help :) Hunter's dad, Portland Firefighter Todd Thawley, heads the crew once they arrive and puts them to work stringing together icicle lights, bright holiday tinsel and fluffy & feathery snowflakes.  They help hang the big colorful wreaths, beautiful bows and poppy clusters.  They put up all the trees, which is now (3) 7-footers and about 20 spunky, sparkly ones.  They swoop in like troopers, always with wonderful smiles, slam out a TON of decorating and then head off on their merry lil' way.  THANK YOU Station 4 for helping us create the magical land in which these awesome lil' courageous fighters will escape to for the entire month of December.  
Your assistance is greatly appreciated and your warm holiday cheer is always welcome :)

The rest of the fabulous crew that assisted with decorating this year was outstanding!  
Many talented people with a very good eye for design.  Thank goodness for that
because there is a crazy amount of decorating that needs to get done in one sweet day!

(Left to right - Carla Lemburg Elliott, Jenny Steenson, Danielle Francois Dover, 
Pam Kirk, Shirley Bevens, Tracy Borlaug & Lenore Davis)
(Missing from this photo - Alison Hicks, Heather Matheny, Paul Steenson & Joseph Wajih Semrani)

Todd and Lenore Thawley with the very cool and courageous Olivia!
Her dad, Todd, is also pretty darn awesome ;)

This fantastic project has turned into something so completely wonderful.  So many loving hands participating year after year to help create such a spectacular holiday atmosphere
for all of those cool lil' fighters and their families.

The families & staff appreciate it beyond belief, the visitors are totally "wowed" and the kids definitely feel the enormous amounts of love that comes in every December to take over their unit & deck the halls with our bright holiday cheer.   

Thank you so very much to everyone who was involved.  Such a huge collaboration between all of our amazing supporters and volunteers.  And a very special thank you to Portland Fire & Rescue for their amazing assistance year after year.  

Sweet holiday blessings and tremendous amounts of holiday cheer to each and every one of you!!!!


This lil' sign was hanging in one of the lil' warriors window.  Spotted it while decorating
and it definitely delivered a lil' burst of sweet holiday hope xo

Winter Wonderland PRESS RELEASE:

Kid's with Cancer will Spend the 
Holidays in a "Frozen" Winter Wonderland 
In Honor of Boy Who Lost His Life

Portland, Oregon, Tuesday – 12.02.2014 
At 11 a.m. today, parents of 3-year-old Hunter who lost his battle with cancer will be decorating the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital oncology unit.   This year the decorations are escalating to a whole new level that includes top to bottom glitz and glamour from the hit movie Frozen including life-size Frozen figures of Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven.  
This holiday season marks the fourth year in a row the Healing Hunter Foundation has brought children with cancer and their families at OHSU Doernbecher a magical winter wonderland.  With a little help from Portland firefighters and an awesome league of generous volunteers - the halls get a spectacular & magical makeover, sure to bring smiles and Christmas joy to those courageous, cancer warriors spending their precious holidays in the hospital. 
Parents Lenore & Todd Thawley created the Healing Hunter Foundation on behalf of their son Hunter, a charismatic little boy that spent many holidays in the hospital battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  In March of 2010, Hunter lost his battle with cancer.
Since then, Todd has become a Portland firefighter and his wife, Lenore, has made a positive impact in the children’s cancer community with her passionate and dedicated foundation work.  Together they hope to spread a little holiday cheer to those that need it most.
Hunter’s entire journey can be found at

Healing Hunter Foundation – Fighting Childhood Cancers, One Smile at a Time, Through Random Acts of Kindness.
The Healing Hunter Foundation’s mission is three fold: bring smiles to children suffering from cancer, increase bone marrow and cord blood donations, and assist families dealing with childhood cancers.


Surprise Santa Sacks

Click here to donate towards the Surprise Santa Sacks 
that will be delivered to Doernbecher Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve!

We will also be dropping off huge Santa Sacks full of toys to the



Address for Donations:

Healing Hunter Foundation
FROZEN Winter Wonderland
11795 SW Kobbe Drive
Beaverton, OR 97007


2013 Winter Wonderland Press Coverage

2014 iPod BASH a Sweet Success

Ending Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Hunter's
love and light shining across the country.  

I am overwhelmed with the amazing amount of generosity,
compassion and support that now surrounds this very
Hunter inspired project.

Thank you to all that participated with such wonderful love 
and enthusiasm.  My lil' man is very present and I am beyond 
words as to how he and all of those incredible kids fighting
are embraced with such strength, love and support.
Warms this mama's heart :)

One of my favorite endings to a 'thank you' that was received
from one of the families fighting - 

"Supporting the fighters,
admiring the survivors,
honoring the taken,
and never ever giving up!"

(Photo courtesy of Cissy Mutzer)

"You've brought such joy to so many once again.
You are simply amazing!" Sue Ritchey

Each iPod has a sweet lil' 'Thank You' card that is pre stamped
and self addressed to the sponsor that donated the actual iPod.
The sponsors aaaaaaalways say that 'thank you's' are so not
necessary and never ever expect it, however when they start to land 
upon their doorsteps, I know their hearts get splendidly 
filled with enormous amounts of love.

Our packaging this year was a cool lil' lock box
that came with a set of sweet keys.  We try to make
an effort to put the iPods in fun packaging that they 
can reuse for something else after they remove their
iPods.   They are back and forth to the hospital so 
often, it's nice to have lil' boxes and bags to tuck
away things they need or things that are important to 
them.  I loved these boxes this year and now they have a 
sweet love box so that they can keep things safe 
that are close to their hearts.

Thank you John Lily and Wells Fargo Advisors
in Gainesville, GA for sponsoring these AWESOME
cases.  They were such a hit and I just absolutely
LOVE them!!

And thank you Walgreens at Scholls Ferry for selling 
them to us at such a discount.  When you have to by 55
of adds up quick!!!

One of the sweet cancer warriors receiving an iPod

(Photo courtesy of Crystal Henshen)

"My heart swells...Love that the Healing Hunter Foundation
brings so many smiles", Mara Posa Tripi

Dropping off (6) iPods to Randall Children's Hospital
in Portland, Oregon.

(Lenore Davis-Thawley, President & Founder of the
Healing Hunter Foundation and Hunter's mom).

(Todd & Lenore Thawley, Founders of the
Healing Hunter Foundation and Hunter's parents).

Lightning Cupcakes is the Official Cupcake Sponsor
of the iPod BASH!  Lightning Cupcakes was also 
created in honor of Hunter Zen and a portion of all
of their proceeds are donated back to the foundation!

iPods getting mailed out to kiddos fighting cancer in Florida, 
Georgia, Indiana & Canada!

Working together with some really amazing volunteers!
Packaging was so much easier with all of these sweet hands helping :)
Thank you SO very much Julie Tate, Kelli Hollister, Austin Walgraeve,
for your amazing assistance packaging all of this love up! 

(Photo courtesy of Julie Tate)

"We loved every minute of helping your amazing foundation
and can't wait to see what joy you're preparing for the holidays!"
Julie Tate

(Photo courtesy of Julie Tate)

We also dropped off (4) $100 Visa Gift Cards for the
families admitted at Doernbechers while we were
there.  Spreading some extra Hunter love.  

Sweet Hunter Zen.

2014 Rockin' Sponsors

(8) Kristin Hackley Escher & Friends
(8) Carla Lemburg Elliott
(3) Richard & Priscilla Tallman
(2) Lightning Cupcakes
(2) John & Jill Bochniak 
(1) Mike & Regina Douglas Siemon
(1) Nike - Matched Donation
(1) Mara Posa Tripi
(1) Emily Perry Tresser
(1) David & Jennifer Feeney
(1) Stefani Sucic
(1) Jason & Raina O'Hare
(1) Kristen Wylie Caputo & Family 
(1) Eric and Kristen Davis
(1) Sandy Rowlette Bent& Family
(1) Bill & Anna Perry
(1) Mark Erickson
(1) Michelle Necessary McLeod
(1) Nicholas Davis & Craig Heintz
(1) Bobby-Stancy Plumley
(1) Marty & Kendell Young
(1) Jenna Briola & Family
(1) Peter & Nina Fine Le
(1) Tera Torres & Family
(1) Molly Culver
(1) Matthew Fournier
(1) Cheryl L Hamilton-Williams & Family 
(1) Kelli Hollister
(1) Betty White Struble and Family & Palm Coast Chiropractic
(1) Paul & Erin Stanley
(1) Chaz Dean (WEN)
(1) DJ & David Eppolito
(1) Jonya Pinto
(1) Denna Fuentes

Partial Donations:

(1) $100 Rose Ferraro / Aubrey Ray
(1) $50 Nikki Atkinson / Lyndsee Wun / 
Ric & Masha Markmann / Anonymous

53 Total iPods!!

"The Healing Hunter Foundation fills a unique need for the families here at Doernbechers", Shirley Mason, Doernbecher, PHO

"The Healing Hunter Foundation is a blessing not just to the families of kids touched by cancer but also to those touched by their stories", Li Orola-Dagooc


Lightning Cupcakes, and the Healing Hunter Foundation were both created in honor of Hunter Zen, who lost his battle to Leukemia in 2010 at the young age of three. Lightning Cupcakes got it's name from the ever-so-famous and extremely cool, Lightning McQueen from CARS - Hunter's favorite movie & superstar idol.

In honor of Hunter's 8th birthday, Lightning Cupcakes and the Healing Hunter Foundation, along with several other incredibly generous individuals will be delivering sweet smooches and smiles all over the country and all the way in to Canada in honor of Hunter Zen Thawley's 8th birthday, who was one of the coolest lil' dudes to ever walk the planet.

A whopping 53 iPods have been donated to the foundation that will be bundled up with love and surprise delivered to Doernbechers Children's Hospital & Randall Children's Hospital right here in Portland Oregon. The remaining will be mailed to cancer warriors all over the country that are currently in treatment that could use a lil' smile and some very welcomed sweet distractions.

Paul Stanley from the rock band KISS is among one of the iPod sponsors, as well as Actress & Cover Model, Molly Culver and celebrity hair stylist and Hollywood stud, Chaz Dean of WEN.
The remaining 50 iPods were donated by amazing supporters that carry a sweet spot in their heart for Hunter and all of the other incredible lil' cancer warriors that are in the toughest battle of their lives.

"We are making an amazingly sweet difference and couldn't be more proud of the legacy that has been created", Lenore Davis-Thawley, Founder and President of the Healing Hunter Foundation and Owner & Cupcake Creator for Lightning Cupcakes.