A Team Effort

img_6398 img_6405 The Spark Grants program awards up to $1,000 to assist with the implementation of innovative employee ideas which benefits Memorial and the community at large.

At Joey’s last therapy appointment for this year at Children’s Village, he had a great time with Debbie Shepard, his occupational therapist, while practicing his skills on the new OT equipment that was purchased through a Spark Grant. Debbie’s husband even volunteered his time to build the set up.  This is a typical, behind the scenes story at Memorial, where great things happen every day!

Thank you for your support of innovative programs like Spark Grants!

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The Memorial Foundation is pleased to once again be a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Central Washington Memory Loss Conference

The Memorial Foundation is pleased to once again be a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Central Washington Memory Loss Conference on mild impairment, Alzheimer’s and dementia education.  The conference is on November 2, 2016 at the Yakima Convention Center. This conference provides tools and encouragement to family caregivers and healthcare professionals caring for people with memory loss.  One track is for family caregivers and one is for healthcare professionals.

Attendees can pre-register for the Virtual Dementia Tour® which enables people to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges those with dementia face.  The conference is offered at no cost to those caring for loved ones with dementia.  For healthcare professionals the cost is $50 with Continuing Education Credits (CEs and DSHS CEs) available. Register online at alzwa.org or by phone at 1-800-848-7097 ext. 8170.

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Our Cancer Care Fund

“My social worker at North Star Lodge guided me through the pharmaceutical company’s discount application.  I am so grateful for the help!”

North Star Lodge serves nearly 900 new patients each year in medical and radiation oncology, and also administers chemotherapy in two rural clinics – one in Sunnyside and one in Ellensburg.

Through your generous giving to The Memorial Foundation, the Cancer Care Fund provides support for services including hardship assistance, transportation for appointments, hotel/lodging assistance, gas cards, prescription drug assistance, nutritional supplements, counseling, stress reduction programs, support groups and coping skills classes.

Some patients are uninsured, under-insured, or lack caregiver support. The Cancer Care Fund helps to remove those barriers when patients need it most. Your gifts help fill a significant need to provide resources with patients during a crucial time in their lives.

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Thank you from a grateful family member

“I am writing to thank Memorial Home Care and Hospice for the outstanding support I received in caring for my mother at home.  Everyone from social worker Kate, bath aide Susie, the hospice pharmacists, Dr. Waber, the courier who brought medicine to the house, chaplain Dan, nurse Karen and all the others who supported Mom and me 24/7, whether it was the middle of the day or night, to coming to the house, we were able to keep Mom comfortable and at home with her husband of 75 years until she passed.

I am deeply grateful to you all.  My mother died at home in my dad’s arms surrounded by family, just as she wanted.  Thank you for that gift.”

Hospice services are supported through your generous giving. Thank you for your support.

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Mateo finds his words

At 13 months Mateo stopped trying to walk, crawl and talk.  He was referred to Children’s Village for an evaluation and since then has received speech and occupational therapy and behavior education in a classroom setting and also in individual sessions. His family resource coordinator helped set up support for Mateo in his school district to make sure his needs would be met at school.

Initially, Mateo spoke using only 5-10 words.  After therapy, within the year he was using 3-4 word phrases and complete sentences and could show facial expressions such as sad and happy.   One day in the Children’s Village lobby he said: “I’m Mateo”, just like that!  His mom shared that he woke her up in the middle of the night recently and said for the first time: “I love you mom.”

Today, Mateo is a smiling energetic 4-year old.  His mom beams with pride when she shares the progress he has made over the years.

Generous contributions help support vital programs, like the ones that have made such a difference for Mateo.


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Touching lives, right here in our community

Harvest season always brings new energy to the Valley. It is doubly so for me this month.  I have been with The Memorial Foundation for a year now and every day I am inspired by the continued passion, commitment and generosity of our community.

We remain committed to our mission to “advance and transform health care in Yakima,” throughout each of the healthcare initiatives:  Children’s Health, Cancer Care, Compass Care and Healthy Yakima. Our community tells us what it really needs and we connect people with the means to fill those needs.  You are making it happen!  We celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and honor our legacy and the patients and families we serve.

Each month, we send this newsletter to provide a glimpse of what your contributions are doing to change lives in our Valley.  Do you have a story to tell?  Let us hear from you!

Erin Black
The Memorial Foundation

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Are you passionate about breast cancer awareness and supporting the advancement of screening and care services?

If so, we invite you to join our efforts to do just that by hosting your own virtual fundraising event in support of local screen and care at services at ‘Ohana and North Star Lodge.

To participate, we request that you complete and submit our fundraising application. Upon approval, you will be given a link, log-in credentials, and instructions to begin setting up your fundraising event page.

Once you have your page fully setup, all you will have to do is raise awareness within your social circles by directing them to your event!

Questions? Feel free to contact us at event@memfound.org


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Touching Lives

“Giving to hospice services is my way of caring for and touching lives in a meaningful way that is bigger than anything I could do alone.” —Julia Griffin, RN

Many employees of Memorial Family of Services echo Julia’s passion for our patients and programs.  They, and their families, are also members of the Yakima community, and every day they witness the benefits of our generous donors.  Community donations combine to enhance services and provide care that is not covered by medical insurance.  For patients experiencing a life-limiting diagnosis, your donation helps provide bathing assistance, companionship through trained volunteers, and personal guidance in facing a terminal illness.  Thank you for your generosity.

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Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village

Join us for a summer concert at 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, at Children’s Village.

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village and a drawing will be held for a pair of tickets to a Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series concert

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Washington State Patrol Troopers support NICU 

If you’ve ever walked down the hall toward the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial, you already know Evie Farmer.  She’s one of the babies featured on the alumni wall for getting her good start in life at Memorial’s NICU unit.

Evie, now 5, stopped by the NICU on June 20, exactly five years after she graduated from the NICU, a place that was her home for the first 81 days of her life. Evie and her family were on a mission: to present a generous donation to the NICU from the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.  Evie’s dad, Jay, is a state trooper, and her mom, Theresa, is a registered nurse in Memorial’s Day Surgery.

Those who cared for Evie when she was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces, were delighted to see a happy and healthy Evie, along with her whole family.

Consider making a gift to The Memorial Foundation to help other little ones, like Evie, get a good start on life.

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