Help for Those Going Through Cancer Treatment

The North Star Lodge Patient Emergency Fund, funded by donors to The Memorial Foundation, provides assistance to patients on limited incomes who may be unable to pay for some of their basic needs when they are going through cancer treatment.

For those with a limited income, the out-of-pocket costs for each appointment and for cancer medications can mean they are unable to afford the basics of life – food, gas, power or phone contact.   Recently, cancer care was provided to a single gentleman who lives in a very remote area about 30 miles from North Star Lodge.  The cost of cancer care left him unable to pay for cell phone usage with his pre-paid cell phone.  He has limited family in the area and no close neighbors – so without cell phone access he was isolated, unable to call for help if needed, arrange transportation or speak to his cancer care team if he had questions or problems.

North Star Lodge social workers discovered how dire his situation was during their routine assessment.  They utilized the Patient Emergency Assistance Fund to provide him with pre-paid cell phone minutes so he could stay in touch with them, connect with family living far away from the Yakima area and call for help if he needed it.  This simple intervention and support of less than $75 helped to make the cancer journey for this patient more bearable.

The patient was overjoyed that we were able to provide this support to him during his treatment.  He was extremely grateful for this simple gift, made possible by the generous donors in this community.

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A Wish Becomes a Reality

 

Thank you for your support of home health and hospice programs through The Memorial Foundation.  This summer a patient shared with his hospice social worker that he would like to go fishing. One of his favorite hobbies was fishing on the Columbia River.  Within 48 hours of his request, his hospice team and staff from Advanced Life Systems donated their time and resources to make his wish a reality.  The team spent the day at Clear Lake fishing and barbecuing.  Although no one caught a fish that day, overall, our patient was happy to be able to spend one last time in the mountains, sitting by a lake, fishing and enjoying the beautiful view.

Your gifts honor and serve many in our community in so many ways. You can give at https://memfound.org/give-donate.asp

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Community Investment

Because of ongoing community support, Children’s Village has become a part of the fabric of our community, contributing to its health and well-being, one child at a time.  The Village continues to be an innovative force in the Central Washington region for children with special needs and their families.

“Children’s Village does so much more than provide physical or speech therapy.  They reach out to the entire family and provide opportunities that go beyond the basic services.  The social opportunities are the best kind of therapy for our son, and he gets to do it in a safe, fun, accepting environment.”  –an appreciative parent

“Triumph…is a 9-year old who comes running down the hall, so excited to show the very first invitation he has ever received to a birthday party ‘LOOK!  I have a FRIEND!’” –- Laura Reed, Physical therapist

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Then and now

The Children’s Village story, and more importantly, the story of so many of the kids receiving service is not about a destination, but about their journey.  Our community has been a partner in that journey and the spectacular achievements that occur within the bricks and mortar of the Village.  Read further to learn about just two of the pretty fabulous kids who receive services at the Village.

Ashley Thorson

Attending therapy at Children’s Village was a family affair for the Thorsons.  Diagnosed with subcortal band heterotopia when she was two years old, Ashley has developmental delays and seizures.  After a year of travelling back and forth to Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Thorsons were referred to Children’s Village.  The whole family participated in her many speech therapies and Ashley progressed significantly.  Her mother says of Children’s Village, “Every time we walked in, we just felt like we were at home…everyone is there for you or intrinsically understands what you are going through”.

Today at 16 years old, Ashley loves attending school and the great friendships she has formed there.  For the past three years she has participated in the pageants for children with special needs in Prosser.  It is her moment to shine, to wear a beautiful dress and be on stage for all to see!

Edgar Cobain

At three months old, Edgar began having seizures.  Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Edgar has significant trauma from the seizures.  At the Village, Edgar began physical and occupational therapy as well as speech therapy. He loves coming to the Village.  Edgar’s mom, Dora said, “It was the very best choice for him and our family and I loved to see how he changed every week. Edgar made progress with every visit to Children’s Village.”

Now a 6th grader in middle school, Edgar is doing great.  He is happy and joyful to be around and he loves music!  He comes to Children’s Village for speech therapy and equipment needs.  Edgar has made amazing progress and is now using an eye gaze device, which has enabled him to learn to use his eyes as his voice.

 

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Children’s Village…a place beyond expectations and a world of new possibilities. Celebrating 20 years!

Built through community commitment and support, Children’s Village is celebrating its 20 year anniversary.  “Children’s Village is a community promise that no child will be without the services they need when there is an issue, problem or delay.” – Anne Caffery, Memorial Foundation CEO, 1990 – 2016.  That promise was made 20 years ago and it still rings true today.

Opening in 1997, Children’s Village was one of the first innovative facilities in the country to combine a myriad of medical, educational, social, and family support services for children and their families.  Serving 5,000 children each year, the Village is on the cutting edge of services for children with neurodevelopmental challenges, and is a leader in care coordination and parent support.

Every day there is a new family who is learning to live their lives with a child who has special needs…and Children’s Village is there for them.

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Thank you, Quilters Guild!

The Yakima Valley Quilters Guild gives to The Memorial Foundation and Virginia Mason Memorial all year long with quilts, handmade ice-pack covers and more. But today members presented the Foundation a check for $5,250! The Quilters guild has supported the mammogram fund — which helps those who could not otherwise afford it — since 2003. In that time they have donated more than $52,000. Thank you, Quilters Guild!

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Thank you John I. Haas

Thank you John I. Haas for their recent generous donation to Children’s Village!   Because of community support, Children’s Village is a beacon of hope in our community, providing medical evaluations, educational services, and social and family support for children with special health care needs and their families.  As a family centered integrated system of care, Children’s Village is a nation-wide model of coordinated care for children with special needs.

Every day there is a new family in our community who is learning to live their lives with a child who has special needs, and through generous support Children’s Village is there for them.  John I. Haas is a part of a wonderful community that has contributed to our community’s health and well-being, one child at a time.

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Fiesta de Salud

The annual community health fair drew more than 3,500 people to the fairgrounds last month for a day of activities, health screenings, and information. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Fiesta Foods of Yakima, Health Alliance Medical Plans, Image Point, and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Dental screenings were provided for 215 children and 350 free bike helmets were fitted and given to kids under 18, and there were fun challenges and family activities.  More than 40 different agencies were on hand to answer questions and provide referrals for those who needed further health services.

Health fairs such as this emphasize the importance of early screening and monitoring of diabetes care and high blood pressure, among other things, and encourages families to learn and work together toward optimal health.

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3D Mammography:  Up-to-date technology to screen for breast cancer 

We are pleased to announce 3D mammography is now available at ‘Ohana Mammography Center.    3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is an exciting advancement in breast cancer screening shown in clinical studies to be better than conventional 2D mammography.  It shows breast tissue in thin layers, like pages in a book, helping doctors dismiss falsely suspicious areas and find breast cancer earlier.  At ‘Ohana, an average of 10-12,000 mammograms are performed each year.

Thanks to the generosity of many devoted groups of people who host breast cancer awareness fundraisers every year for the mammogram scholarship fund at ‘Ohana, this advanced screening will be available to everyone, even if your medical insurance does not yet cover 3D mammography.  Remember, early detection saves lives!

Walk In Clinics

‘Ohana offers walk-in clinic hours for screening mammograms on Fridays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary —just bring the name of your primary care physician with you. Patients will be seen in the order of arrival. Spanish interpreters are available.

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