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 yakimamemorial.org
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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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.

When Colton was born he surprised the medical team with his strength.  Our beautiful son spent the next 30 days at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  At 5 months, he had heart surgery, and finally got to come home to Yakima.

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. To sign up for future classes, call Lori Gibbons (509) 249-5317.

This curriculum is based on PCRM’s (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) successful 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program. In the classes, attendees will also enjoy a cooking demonstration and taste delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting. Demonstrations include at least 3 different recipes and will give participants simple, easy-to-remember key concepts to improve their diet.

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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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Relief…help…support

With gifts like yours, our community is serving those in their final illness through Virginia Mason Memorial’s incredible Compass Care team.  Read about a patient story as told by a hospice social worker:

“Recently, we worked with Charles. At first he and his wife didn’t want our help but soon were overwhelmed with the extent of his illness and the challenging symptoms which were far beyond their ability to control – they wanted relief – they needed help – and we responded. Their living quarters were so small, there wasn’t space for the necessary medical equipment and even providing the physical care Charles needed presented a myriad of problems – there just wasn’t room.

The hospice team made it work anyway – multiple visits, many late night chats, inventive problem solving, and throughout all of this – no judgment, no criticism – because this was Charles’s life, it was what he knew and he wanted to stay at home as long as possible.

After a few months, he fell and sustained serious fractures. Not surprising to his care team, Charles, upon release from the hospital, remained steadfast in his desire to stay in his own home, so the hospice team went back to the drawing board to figure out how to make this happen. The hospice team found ways to make it work.

In his final days, Charles thought it was best to move to Cottage in the Meadow. There, in the capable hands of the Cottage team, he was able to spend his final days peacefully and symptom free.”

Compass Care covers the spectrum of home care programs, from home health, to palliative care, to hospice and to bereavement for the surviving family members. The Compass Care team works with patients every day who frequently suffer from chronic and terminal illnesses.  The home care team develops individual care plans that will provide the best possible service to each patient.

Thank you for supporting these amazing programs, bringing compassionate, professional care to people on their own terms.

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