YouthWorks High School Pageants

And the winners are…

Raising awareness and funds to support children’s health programs at Virginia Mason Memorial, the 2017 YouthWorks high school pageants have been completed. And the winners are…

Mr. East Valley Jorge Garcia and Mr. Congeniality Danny Scherschligt
Mr. Ike Torin Filkins and Mr. Congeniality Tony Barajas
Mr. Naches Julian Dow and Mr. Congeniality Nicholas Berge
Mr. SHS (Sunnyside) and Mr. Congeniality Caleb Mortensen
Mr. Wapato Albert Squeouhs and Mr. Congeniality Jose Castellanos
Mr. West Valley Colton Moen and Mr. Congeniality Elliot Ries

The pageant contestants, coordinators, and school advisors dedicate months to learning about children’s health programs, raising funds, and preparing for the pageant. Congratulations and thank you to all!

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The great work continues!

To Dr. Z – “Thanks for being who you are. xoxo
–Juan Carlos

“As a dental provider at Children’s Village, my utmost pleasant experience comes from the things that I learn from the children with disabilities and their families. At Children’s Village, kids are kids whether they have disabilities or not. They are defined by their talent, not by their disabilities.”

“Children’s Village is a magical playground where I can work with many kids with different talents. My most rewarding experience is when I first meet an anxious child and I can help them through an actual appointment and eventually see them enjoy the experience of coming to the dentist.” Dr. Ziad.

Early in March we bid Children’s Village Director, Jackie McPhee a fond farewell as she retired. She will be missed! To keep you updated, we wanted you to know that Bertha Lopez, Virginia Mason Memorial Senior Director of Community Planning and Development, is serving as interim Director of the Village as a discussion of the CEO position continues.

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Diabetes management and wellness

“Thanks to the exercise, my movement has improved greatly to the point that I now can volunteer 4½ hours each week, and it has helped me manage my new diagnosis of diabetes”.  – Sylvia, age 55

If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; and you may not even know it!  For most people, there are ways to reduce your risk.  Your charitable dollars through The Memorial Foundation help fund many programs to help you with that, including diabetes prevention, diabetes wellness, and My Health, My Life, a program for individuals who suffer from chronic illness.  There is a support group, foot screening, nail care treatment, gestational diabetes management, insulin initiation and adjustment, and medical nutrition therapy consultation available.

Diabetes affects an estimated 23.6 million people in the United States, and is the 7th leading cause of death.  Almost 25percent of Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed.  Are you at risk of developing it?

Talk to your doctor to make sure your blood sugar levels, weight, and activity levels are in the healthy range.  To take matters into your own hands to prevent or to better manage diabetes, consult the class schedule at

Ineke Ojanen, Certified Diabetes Educator, demonstrates recipes for healthy lifestyles.


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Compassion. Innovative Treatments. State-of the-Art Technology.

Are any of these things too much to ask for when you or a loved one is facing cancer? We don’t think so. Our community’s cancer center, North Star Lodge, is dedicated to helping families through this difficult journey. Your generous donations help.

One way of helping patients and families is the North Star Lodge Patient Education Handbook. Available for each patient, the 15-page handbook is customized with definitions, explanations, phone numbers of providers and resources, and a general rundown of tips for coping with cancer and its treatments. All in one handy package, it reinforces much of the information received during treatment planning visits; things that may have been forgotten during the whirlwind of new information. Patients carry this handbook with them to add notes of their own and to help clarify information for family members and support people. It’s a tool that is much appreciated, made possible only through your support.

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Loving care provided

Four years ago, Amanda was admitted into hospice care. She was profoundly disabled and her only family was the staff at her group home. Despite being blind, deaf, and nonverbal, Amanda responded to the loving care provided by her group home family and her hospice team. She was moved to Cottage in the Meadow for symptom management just days before she died. Amanda received the compassion given to all hospice patients, and she died comfortable and pain free, among her loving friends and caregivers.

“I have found personal growth and healing through being able to assist hospice patients and their caregivers. It is an honor to provide the means and help for a person to leave this world with dignity and to help minimize their suffering.” Kathy Breshears, hospice nurse.

The hospice team brings a tremendous level of compassion, care and comfort, not just for the patients, but for the whole family and caregivers affected by the loss of a loved one. Thank you for supporting Compass Care. Your gifts ensure this comfort is available to all who need it.

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Colton’s Journey

From a grateful parent, “Colton looks exactly like his Dad. He has my toes…and also Down syndrome. 1 in 695 babies is born with Down syndrome; that is a .001% odds. Well, we won the lottery! When I was 5 months pregnant, we learned our new son would have Down syndrome and a significant congenital heart defect. It was heartbreaking news. With the support of family and friends, and the Parent to Parent group at Children’s Village, we rallied and tried to get ready.

We became involved with Children’s Village Parent to Parent program before Colton was born and they matched us up with the mother of another child with Down syndrome. We love the connection we have with the other parents. They have helped us through our darkest days and we are so grateful to have them in our lives.

Colton is now 1-1/2 years old and loves his sister and his dog with all his heart; and is mastering the typical 1-year old skills with eager determination. Our family’s hardest challenge turned out to be the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to us!”

Your donations to The Memorial Foundation help support life-changing programs like Children’s Village Parent to Parent.

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New Food for Life class series

Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics including blood pressure and digestion, and get empowered with the practical cooking skills needed to help you on your journey to better health. Register through the Events and Classes tab at
The next series of classes start on March 27 – April 17 and will be focused on how foods can help with diabetes. There is also a separate class for pregnant women!

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New iPads help patients pass the time

Thanks to generous community donations, patients receiving chemotherapy at North Star Lodge are now offered a welcome distraction during their medication infusions. Many patients spend more than an hour receiving their treatment which requires them to remain in a chair. Access to education, movies, and games on the new tablets helps patients relax and pass the time and improves their overall experience of care.

Other patient support services funded through The Memorial Foundation are mammogram scholarships, lymphedema therapy, oncology rehabilitation and exercise program, and nutritional guidance.

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