Making Lifestyle Changes

People in Yakima really want to make lifestyle changes in order to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of the testimonials from some of our diabetes education program participants:

  • “The program helped me in many ways.  It took food consumption from the unconscious to the conscious.  I also regained the desire to exercise.”
  • “Now, I carefully consider what I put into my body. I never talk about dieting…. this is a lifestyle change.”
  • “Writing down my food in a journal really was eye opening.”
  • “I now realize that this is a lifetime goal and eating out all the time was not good for me.”
  • “I enjoyed meeting other people with the same struggles and loved sharing ideas among our group.  Being accountable for what I eat and how much I exercise has really helped me.”

Hear from one of our successful participants who lost 100 lbs. and now serves as a lifestyle coach at:

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A Grateful Dad 


“We really appreciated having the Children’s Village Kid’s Club at Toys R Us recently.  What a wonderful experience to see my Toys R Us team interact with the kids and see those smiles. As we wrapped up the event, I received multiple comments from my team about how that reminds us of the joy we can bring to kids’ lives by them being at a toy store.  We forget that sometimes with the pressures of being a ‘business’.

My team has watched my little, sweet girl grow up and have a good understanding of some of the challenges a special needs child can bring.  But they also recognize the joy she brings.  They treat her like a queen, celebrate her wins, and cry for her struggles.  Watching them with the children today reminded me how blessed I am to have people that care around me.  Children’s Village has been a huge part of that understanding and realization.  I thank you for the work you do, the care you show, and the difference you each make. Thank you!”

–Ryan Kloepfer

Your support of Children’s Village programs gives hope to families coping with the day to day struggles of dealing with unique special health care needs. 

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Champions for Survivorship

We salute the hundreds of compassionate people in our community who rally for the fight against breast cancer.  Your efforts do make a difference! 

You just can’t ignore ‘pink October’…everyone seems to want to join the fight against breast cancer!  Simply stated, a breast cancer diagnosis, like any other, has the potential to devastate whole families.  When “the mom’s” future is threatened, the family feels threatened.

Ginger Tyler, from Selah Insurance Services, is one of those who fights back.  A fervent believer in sharing the importance of early breast cancer detection, she has twice presented a sell-out fundraiser to provide scholarships for those who don’t have the resources for a screening mammogram.  Joined by two women who are currently receiving treatment, the crowd celebrated survivorship and awareness, and had a rousing, fun-filled evening of camaraderie as well.  The best part of Ginger’s efforts?  Thirteen women from the event have since had their first mammogram!  That’s thirteen families with new peace of mind and an eye on a long, healthy future.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Thank you for your efforts in helping with early diagnosis, less-invasive treatment, and the journey toward a cure for breast cancer.  Your support helps keep families together.

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Speaking from the Heart

“Cottage in the Meadow allowed me to just be her son at the end of my mom’s life.”  Jason Schilling spoke from the heart when he told his story at the Cottage in the Meadow Garden Reception this past fall.  From the time of her diagnosis, all Jason wanted was to take care of his mother the way she had always cared for him. It wasn’t until she was admitted that he realized how much he and his children also needed the solace of Cottage in the Meadow.  They let the professionals take over the medical care, and the family was then able to be there to support his mom and say good-bye without worrying about the caregiving details.  Coincidentally, Jason’s wife, Laura, started her first day as a nurse at the Cottage on the day her mother-in-law was admitted.  She felt fortunate to have the team supporting her family through the ordeal of their mother’s passing. And now, softened by the heartbreaking lessons of experience, Laura carries on, tenderly supporting other families as they are caressing the hand of their own loved ones for the last time.

Your gifts have helped Jason and so many other families like his as they lovingly say good-bye to their loved ones.

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Celebrating You!

As this festive season gears up, we at The Memorial Foundation are celebrating you— our treasured donor.  Your compassionate contributions have helped fuel thousands of local families with courage and determination to reach their health goals.  You have buoyed the spirits of the frightened, the sick, and the discouraged.  You have helped them care for themselves and their precious loved ones.  You have gifted your community with hope.  As you celebrate the season with your own loved ones, be assured that you have made a difference in the lives of others, and your generosity is appreciated every single day. We salute you and wish you the very happiest of holiday seasons and the most prosperous and healthy new year.


On behalf of The Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees and our Foundation Team, all the best to you this holiday season.

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Your Support Matters – #Giving Tuesday 2017

Meet Angel – He is reaching new heights at Children’s Village!

Angel has been receiving physical therapy with Alison Longbottom, PT, for many years at Children’s Village. When he was very young, he was afraid to move and he would not let Alison touch him.

But over the years, they have developed quite a friendship! Angel is a very happy little guy; he comes for physical therapy with Alison at Children’s Village on Friday afternoons.  He experiences brittle bone disease (ontogenesis imperfecta) which causes his bones to break easily.

A year ago, during his therapy appointment with Alison, he achieved a big milestone by standing on his own. But that was outdone this week by a new milestone—walking not only with his walker but many steps on his own.

To practice walking, Alison develops games for Angel to play that require him to walk.  Playing darts or games are two ways walking has been incorporated into a fun game.  Angel glows with pride at the success he experiences with improving his movement.

Angel’s story is a testament the accomplishments of our donors.

Children’s Village has been made possible through the generous contributions of our donors. For nearly 20 years, their support has made the caliber of care that local children, like Angel, require available in Yakima. His life is forever touched by each and every one of them!

And you can help – donate to Children’s Village right now.

Keep your support local today, #GivingTuesday 2017!

There are a variety of healthcare initiatives that The Memorial Foundation aims to advance and transform for the greater good of our community. There are patients, like Angel, benefitting from every one of these initiatives. Below, you can view testimonials of how their lives have been touched by our donors:

Children’s Health and Healthy Yakima
Cancer Care and Compass Care

This #GivingTuesday, choose to keep your support local by delivering the gifts of good health and better living in Yakima.



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#GivingTuesday – Your Support Matters!

Support given to The Memorial Foundation is, and always will be, kept local; benefiting a variety of programs and services in your community.

Our supporters have made advancing and transforming healthcare in Yakima a tremendous success over the years, below are examples of they have made an incredible difference in the lives of their fellow community members:

Children’s Health

During the hardest of times, families like the Broers’ are able to find the care that their young loved one requires locally. This is not by chance; this is the result of generous community members who came together to procure essential resources to offer this caliber of care in Yakima. Their donations touch the lives of local children, like Camery, each and every day.

Healthy Yakima
Programs such as ACT! help people within our community to learn how to live healthier. more vital lifestyles. The effect of this program for Jody and Makinzi are life-changing; placing them on the path towards experience more positive healthcare outcomes throughout their lives. Yet another example of how the generosity of community members has impacted the lives of their neighbors!

#GivingTuesday is November 29th. You can play an important role in the mission to continue advancing and transforming healthcare in Yakima – make your gift now!

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Support Local Healthcare on #Giving Tuesday!

By choosing to support The Memorial Foundation, you are choosing to support local healthcare programs and services. Our donors have achieved amazing feats in local healthcare and touched countless lives as a result of their generous support.

Cancer Care
Supporters of North Star Lodge and cancer care have made it possible for patients like Ron to receive comprehensive cancer treatments right here, at home.

Compass Care

Donations from community members have made superior end-of-life care services possible for those patients, and their families, in need of such support locally. Nick and Heidi’s experience has become the new standard when it comes to compassionate end-of-life care in our community.

#GivingTuesday is November 29th. You can play an important role in the mission to continue advancing and transforming healthcare in Yakima – make your gift now!

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A Son and Daughter Share Their Experience

Through generous, ongoing community donations, Compass Care programs provide care and support for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. Hospice helps terminally ill people live their best lives, as comfortably as possible. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness. Cottage in the Meadow is a Medicare-approved hospice-care facility that addresses particular needs for the hospice patient.

Hear Nick and Heidi share their experience about their mother’s care at Cottage in the Meadow.


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#Join Giving Tuesday



What is #GivingTuesday? It’s a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, The Memorial Foundation is joining with others from around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a great time to renew your support and affirm your belief in a healthy community.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

We invite you to join the movement and to help “get out the give” this November 29.

Get your family, workplace, and organization involved by sharing on your Facebook page.

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