An Incredibly Personal Story

Recently, I met a wonderful mother who shared an incredibly personal story about her child with Downs Syndrome.  She spoke of the fear of the unknown, then the support of Memorial’s Pediatric Nurses, the After Baby Comes (ABC) clinic and still, to this day, the important work of Children’s Village – all of which helped to guide her and her child through a very difficult time filled with confusion and uncertainty.

Today, her child is a beautiful little girl of almost 5 years who follows her older siblings around the basketball court and inspires everyone she meets with her joyful “can do” attitude.  With the support of other families and the team of committed professionals and volunteers at Children’s Village, mom is enjoying her special little girl.

We would like to say thank you to those who have supported this work throughout the years. Stories such as this are made possible because of your dedication and generosity!

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A Unique And Charming Shop

The Gift Shop at Memorial is a unique and charming shop that has a wondrous supply of items that are simply irresistible!  The shop offers a wide array of gift items, books, notecards, a changing assortment of gourmet foods, and always has a fresh supply of flowers and floral arrangements.

The Gift Shop is a wonderful resource for gifts or flowers for hospital patients, for gift giving in general, or maybe something for yourself!

You’ll be happy to know that proceeds from the Gift Shop are directed to The Memorial Foundation to benefit Memorial Family of Services programs.

Visit the Gift Shop at Memorial today!

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Nights of Talent and Generosity

 

As a newcomer to The Memorial Foundation and high school pageants, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting myself into. I knew it was:

1) YouthWorks girls and boys coordinating the selection of contestants by their teachers, advisors and YouthWorks coordinators.
2) Money being raised for The Memorial Foundation.

3) A pageant night of talent, some silliness, some poignant moments, and the eventual crowning of a winner and a Mr. Congeniality.

Oh! What those amazing young people taught me: Our future is in the hands of thoughtful, talented, creative, and caring young people. The first fund-raiser was a bowl-a-thon bringing five schools from Sunnyside to West Valley together for an afternoon of bowling with their Miracle children. I witnessed kids in wheelchairs, surrounded by big high school boys who helped them have the time of their lives! There were tours of kids through the NICU who looked with wide, concerned eyes at the multiple tiny babies hooked up to tubes and resting in incubators unable to breathe on their own. One boy asked: “Why is all of this equipment so expensive? Some day, maybe I will become president of a company like that and make things affordable!”

These young men were constantly asked: “Who do you think will be the winner?” – they would all look at each other puzzled. It really didn’t matter to any of them who would win – it was this cause, the Children’s Health initiative at Memorial that would be the winner. They toured Children’s Village to see how life really is for those with special needs, they shared their own personal stories of friends, family, and in some cases, themselves who benefitted from services at the Village. These young people totally forgot themselves, grew, and looked beyond their own lives and discovered what philanthropy truly means.

On pageant night, these very random groups of people, all so different, were brought together with one goal: to help those kids they had met and some they will never meet. They set aside their egos, their pride, and their fears and they danced, sang, performed, gave moving tributes to heroes, and made a difference.

The definition of a pageant is “entertainment consisting of a procession of people” – perhaps we need to rename these events as Philanthropy 101.

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Thank You Memorial Family of Services Employees!

The 2016 Memorial Family of Services Employee Giving Campaign is well underway.   Our “family campaign” is an employee-led opportunity for all employees to join together to advance the mission of the Memorial Family of Services.
As the office that processes incoming gifts (yes, we view donations as gifts!), The Memorial Foundation has been receiving volumes of responses from employees.  Simply amazing!  Ranging from one time donations to recurring payroll deductions, by giving to The Memorial Foundation employees are keeping support local to benefit the Cancer Care, Children’s Health, Compass Care and Healthy Yakima Initiatives…right here at home.

As of yet, we don’t have numbers to report; however, we can tell from the flood of responses that our team members are supportive, caring, invested in what they do, and committed to Memorial and to our community.
Thank you Memorial Family of Services employees!

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Healthy Yakima

The Healthy Yakima Initiative spotlight this month is on Javier Santana.  Javier’s story demonstrates the great success of the ACT! Childhood Obesity Prevention program made possible only through generous grants and donations to The Memorial Foundation.  He is so committed and is setting a great example for his children.

“My family and I started to come to the YMCA thanks to the ACT! program. This program helped show us just how important eating right and physical activity is for our family. Since our first ACT! session we have not stopped coming to the Y; we have made it a routine to come and exercise at least 3 times per week.  I love the encouragement I receive and the activities available for my whole family.” – Javier Santana

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Thank you Yakima Valley Vettes!

This local club of Corvette owners recently presented a check to North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.  With over 80 members, the club raises money throughout the year to give back to the community. This year the group designated their fundraising dollars towards snacks for infusion care patients while they are undergoing treatment and also for the North Star Lodge patient emergency fund that assists patients during their course of treatment.  Receiving services at this level means a lot to cancer patients.   Thank you to these dedicated community members…they are helping meet the needs of patients on their journey to survival.

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