Supplies for bereavement services and specialized children’s grief workshops needs $4,000 to meet this year’s costs

Coordination and supplies for bereavement services and specialized children’s grief workshops needs $4,000 to meet this year’s costs.  Will you be the community hero who steps up to keep this amazing, unfunded service available to our community? Help a family or a child work through the sometimes devastating effects of grief.

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$65,000 needed to help an estimated 450 cancer patients this year…

With North Star Lodge taking in hundreds of patients from a recently closed oncology practice, the budget for complementary therapy supplies has been severely strained.  Most urgently needed is $65,000 to help an estimated 450 patients this year with medical compression garments, necessary to manage lymphedema, a lifelong condition for not only cancer patients, but others as well.  Use of the garments helps reduce recurrent cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, and opportunistic infections.  Despite the medical necessity of compression garments, many insurance companies do not cover the expense of the replacement of worn out items.  Your gift to The Memorial Foundation can make a difference.

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Thank you Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Employees

Thank you to Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) employees for their recent employee giving campaign to benefit Children’s Village programs and services.  Much appreciation to Dr. Mark Koday for his leadership and support as so many YVFWC employees were able to learn more about the precious work that takes place at Children’s Village and the need for ongoing community support.

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Memorial’s fight to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome needs your help!

Memorial’s fight to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome needs your help!  Because of community generosity, every family who leaves Memorial with a new baby receives this education and a “Purple Cry” DVD to help better cope with an inconsolable newborn.  In 2013, there were 5 cases of reported shaken baby syndrome in Yakima CountySince implementing the Purple Cry program, Memorial has seen zero incidents!  Please help us continue this life-altering education program with a gift of support.  “Purple Cry” is an evidence-based program on DVD that educates parents and caregivers to normal crying patterns of the newborn and the risks and results of shaken baby syndrome.  Your contributions to The Memorial Foundation have helped saved lives through education provided to pediatric offices, Memorial staff working with babies and new parents, and the public through talk radio and in education classes offered by Memorial.

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Wapasha’s story

Wapasha’s story, by Melinda Goudy

“This was my 5th child and I thought it would be a familiar walk in the park.  Instead, I found myself in a new situation.  When the doctor suggested our daughter Wapasha may have Down syndrome, it became a day of mixed emotions.


I was scared of the unknown.   Then we learned about Children’s Village. While we were still in the hospital, Tracie, a representative from the Children’s Village Parent to Parent program, came to visit us.  She also had a son with special needs and could relate to what I was feeling.  She told me everything was going to be okay and that everything I was feeling was normal!  Right away she matched me with another parent, Nadia, who also has a child with Down syndrome.


Fast forward three years later, and Nadia and Tracie were right.  Wapasha is an absolute blessing and doing just fine.  She continues to reach her milestones on her own time.  I’ve gotten past “seeing” Down syndrome.  I just see our beautiful girl, her beautiful face and that silly personality!  Do I still worry?  Of course!  I’ve found that although we’ve had hospital stays, still work with an occupational therapist, have IEPs and other situations we never had with her siblings, our life has resumed mostly unaltered.  I am content.


This year I got the honor of being the “helping parent” in a parent match and can pass along the strength and hope that was given to me by this very special program.  I’ve been able to share something in common with other parents, laugh and share stories.  My desire is to pass some of the strength and hope that was given to me along to other parents.  Together is better, and I hope I have done just that!  Thank you Children’s Village “Parent to Parent” program for paving the way for us!”  Your gift to The Memorial Foundation provides needed funding for the Parent to Parent program and many more programs offered at Children’s Village.

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YouthWorks Council

The YouthWorks Council was created in 2007 to promote the involvement of youth in philanthropy and volunteerism. Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 school year.  Being a YouthWorks Council member has many benefits:

A youth empowerment and community service initiative engaging our community’s youth directly through mentoring, volunteering, and philanthropy.

  • Have fun with friends while doing great things for your community
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Gain valuable volunteer experience
  • Learn about philanthropy and children’s healthcare needs in our community

Who can apply:  Any youth age 14-20 who is attending high school in Yakima County and is actively involved in community service either through Memorial Family of Services or another community organization or church or school group.

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Memorial Family of Services Employees Give Back

Hundreds of Memorial Family of Services employees responded enthusiastically and generously to the 2016 “family campaign” last month.  A team of employee volunteers personally visited each department, inviting employees to support health programs for our community.  Showing a 50% increase in participation, Memorial employees proved once again that they are a generous, caring group of people dedicated to a healthier Yakima.  Thank you, Memorial Family of Services employees for your leadership and support.

“I Give … Because I care about the health of Yakima”  – Leah Van Dyke, RN, Yakima Gastroenterology

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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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