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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.

Tonia has served as a leader in action sports since 2001 managing marketing efforts for various brands and contributing to publications. 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 and also received Livestrong's Critical Mass Effect Award for her work with adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

Shannon Tortalano, Camp Koru Assistant Coordinator

Shannon 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 behind any Kumbucha Bar in Hood River, Oregon. 

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. 

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

Little Eagle learned to ski at Camp Koru in perfectly puffy powder and has since been on a constant hunt for ice-free ski hills on the east coast where she resides.  

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! 

Christina "Coral" Heesacker: Christina comes to us from the Children’s Cancer Association in Portland, Oregon. A childhood cancer survivor herself, Christina’s life was “changed forever” after she attended her first A4C camp in April 2011. She attended her second camp as a volunteer and is now an evangelist of inspiration for the A4C Survivorship Program.

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