Local cancer research just got a boost. Jacob Nolte ’12, a music student who pitches baseball at Linfield, organized a benefit concert that raised $8,000 for a cause that has become close to his heart. Nolte was motivated to help victims of lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer that is fairly rare in adults, after his close friend died of the disease. It was the first time he had experienced a fatal illness in someone his own age, he said.
Nolte began sponsoring annual “Notes of Hope” concerts to raise money for the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute, and since the first concert three years ago, the concerts have raised more than $26,000 for cancer research.
Along the way, Nolte has picked up marketing and business tips from his courses at Linfield.
“I can’t express enough gratitude to everyone who donated or helped with the publicity and production of the concert,” Nolte said.
“You never know, someday ‘Notes of Hope’ might grace the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.”