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Tonia Farman, Founder & Director

Tonia FarmanTonia had a vision for Athletes 4 Cancer while going through her brother’s experience with Leukemia, and watching him battle for his life. Scott passed away in June 2007, and Tonia's efforts as an advocate for cancer prevention and support took off. She now devotes her time to coming up with innovative & life-empowering programs that focus on cancer survivorship. 

She was one of three national recipients of SELF Magazine's annual Women Doing Good Award for her work with Athletes 4 Cancer. She is an avid athlete herself - surfing, kiteboarding, skiing, snowboarding, standup paddling and mountain biking are all part of the fun she likes to do and share at camp. 


Shannon Tortolano, Camp Koru Assistant Coordinator

Shannon TortolanoShannon attended Camp Koru Snow as a survivor in 2013 and has been active with us every since. You'll see Shannon in your inbox if you've applied to camp and her lovely face if you take a yoga class or drink kumbucha in Hood River.

Shannon started a kumbucha company in 2014 and is teaching everyone in Hood River how to make kumbucha. On top of that, she recently received her yoga certification and is teaching yoga around Hood River like a boss!  Like almost every other Hood River-ite, she juggles three jobs just to live in this beautiful place we call home. 


Michael Stolfi (aka "Tritan"), Camp Koru Counselor


Tritan is a two-time attendee of Camp Koru - both our snow and surf camps. He learned to snowboard at our snow camp on Mt. Hood, going from zero to hero in about two days. 

Resilience, strength, and love...  At Camp Koru, Triton finds himself among amazing human beings that radiate these life attributes.  "Surrounding myself with these people has both made me a better man and has helped me grow in my life after a cancer diagnosis."  Triton contributes to camp inspired to leave the world a better place for his daughter, Cora.

Rachael Sutliff (aka "Little Eagle"), Camp Koru Counselor

Little Eagle

A survivor of Non Hodgkin Lymphoma, Little Eagle first discovered Athletes 4 Cancer in 2012 and attended Camp Koru Surf.  While in Maui, Little Eagle discovered a new love for surfing and an even bigger love for Camp Koru.  Wanting to experience more of what we had to offer, Little Eagle headed to Snow camp in 2013 and learned that she's a multi-sport athlete when surrounded by other supportive survivors.  When Little Eagle isn't tearing up the slopes in Mt. Hood or hanging ten in Maui, she resides in Philadelphia where she works as a hospice chaplain, providing spiritual and emotional support to patients and families and trying to spread joy wherever she goes.

Amazing Talents

Photo & Video Staff: These talented individuals bring the camps and events to life long after they are over in beautiful imagery and videos. Their stunning photography and storytelling helps us communicate the magic that happens and we could not do it without them.

Richard Hallman

Tamar Melen

Tracy Kraft Leboe

Skip Armstrong

Chris Aguilar

Kris Ostness

Key Volunteers:

Alina Aaron: Alina is a Logistics Wizard, orchestrating plans, people and details for our biggest fundraiser, Kiteboarding 4 Cancer, from behind a curtain. Well, maybe just from behind a laptop, but we rarely see her, so she might as well be the Wizard! 

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Funds donated to Athletes for Cancer benefit our KORU Survivorship Program.


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