Hometown: Bend, OR
Diagnosis: brain cancer
Sawyer was training as a competitive gymnast when he started feeling dizzy at practice. Tests revealed an egg-sized tumor in his brain, which the doctors at Doernbecher were able to successfully remove. Now after every clean scan, Sawyer celebrates by doing a handstand in the hospital.
Sawyer is an excellent cook and hopes to be a chef one day. He can also do a round off back handspring, half back flip.
““When I met Sawyer, he was 10 years old. He’s now 12, but he seems like he’s going on 25 because he’s such an intelligent, thoughtful and creative kid. He came to us with a brain tumor and we were able to take care of him in Doernbecher’s intraoperative MRI scanner, which made a huge difference to his care. It got him back to all of the amazing things he likes to do outdoors in Bend – playing golf, CrossFit training and gymnastics. He’s an amazingly creative person and he wants to use the shoe he makes for a lot of the activities he does. I can’t wait to see what Sawyer brings us.” – Nathan Selden, MD, PhD, nominated Sawyer for the Freestyle program.