Join #GivingTuesday   

On Tuesday, November 28, The Memorial Foundation will be joining with others from around the world to celebrate #GivingTuesday. This is a global initiative dedicated to the celebration of generosity in the spirit of giving back.

Are you interested in joining as well? It’s easy!  Just find a way for your family, friends, business, or community to come together to support a cause that ignites your passion. Then, spread the word about what you have chosen to support. It could be through social media, e-mail, a blog, or an old-fashioned telephone call.

It is a perfect opportunity to begin or renew your support and affirm your belief in a healthy community. Make a gift towards helping to advance cancer care, children’s healthcare, home health or hospice services, or health education programs.

After making your gift, inspire others to “get out the give” by sharing your experience with #GivingTuesdayHealthyYakima on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other social media page!

Visit our #GivingTuesday page!

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Yakima’s Central Washington Cleft Palate Team

Cleft lip and/or palate causes difficulty with feedings, swallowing, and chronic ear infections or hearing loss, speech and language delay, and dental problems.

Supported by your gifts to The Memorial Foundation, the maxillofacial team at Children’s Village has a deep commitment to serve children in Yakima and nine surrounding counties with the diagnosis of cleft lip and/or palate. The team is comprised of more than 15 medical and dental professionals who volunteer to attend 6 team meetings throughout the year and evaluate approximately 70-90 children.  Team members come from Yakima, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Kennewick. There are from 160 to 190 children in our program in any given year, with an average of 23 new referrals per year. A comprehensive treatment plan developed by the team provides guidance to primary care providers, medical and dental specialists, speech language pathologists, school personnel, and most importantly, families to assure interventions occur at the appropriate time in accordance with national standards of care.

The team coordinator, Cathy Buchanan, MSW, works closely with hospital staff to ensure that the family of a newborn with a cleft lip and/or palate receives timely and accurate information about the condition and resources available for comprehensive and timely plans of care.

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Boot Camp for New Dads

“Hold a baby, grab a blanket and take a seat!”  Babies seem pretty complicated to first time parents. Boot Camp for New Dads is a popular program where experienced dads bring in their babies to teach new dads and fathers-to-be about parenthood.   Men of all ages learn together what to expect, what to do, how to cope with sleep deprivation and a crying baby at the same time, and many other handy parenting skills.  It gives the guys a chance to ask questions, hold the baby and talk about dude stuff.

Jerry says Boot Camp for New Dads made all the difference as he started the most important job of his life. “I’m enjoying it so much because of these classes.” He says he has answers now, if Emma gets sick, or starts burping, or crying, “A lot of things just seem more normal — instead of panicking when she cries or screams.” He brought her to class to show the other dads he was just like them a few months ago, and now he’s holding his new baby girl without being afraid.

Thanks to generous support from our community, this class is only $30 to attend. To sign up for Boot Camp for New Dads, email class coordinator Teresa Posada at teresaposada@yvmh.org

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We want your input!

Your input is of great importance to us.  Please spend a few minutes taking our donor survey ». By taking the survey, you will be providing valuable information that will help guide us in making your donor experience better.

We want to be sure we are meeting your philanthropic needs, and that you always have a means to communicate with us about your experiences with The Memorial Foundation. You can take the survey anonymously or provide your information, if you so choose.

Thank you for your part in advancing and transforming healthcare in Yakima. You make all the difference!

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A little extra help goes a long way

A little extra help from the donor-supported patient assistance fund helps to cover the most basic of needs and make all the difference for scores of patients fighting cancer.

With the higher-than-average cost of utilities last winter, many patients were struggling just to stay warm and to keep their lights on until alternate funding was made available to their families.  When his water tank ruptured, one patient had no water in his home until the patient emergency fund provided repairs.  Now he doesn’t have to fill water jugs and haul them home after his chemo appointments, and he is very grateful for that.

Transportation can be a very big obstacle for those with multiple appointments or who are alone and too ill to drive; sometimes several times in a week!  Help with buying fuel or arranging for Dial-a-Ride or a cab can make a world of difference in getting to vital treatment appointments, taking one more burden of worry off the patient.

Access to medications can be daunting for those on a fixed income, and help with buying comfort medications such as anti-emetics, appetite-stimulating supplements, and laxatives make a significant difference in the comfort level for patients who need them.

Your kindness in supporting cancer care programs is deeply felt. Thank you for your compassion and generosity.

 

if you would like to give you can do so here https://www.memfound.org/give-donate.asp

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Florence Wight Guild – a legacy of giving

In December of 1949, twenty-five friends gathered together to form the Florence Wight Guild, an auxiliary organization dedicated to serve and support the new and exciting Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital which opened in 1950.   The guild was named in memory of Florence Wight, a capable volunteer who shared her time and talent for the betterment of the Yakima Valley.

Today after sixty-seven years of service, Florence Wight members are still volunteering at Virginia Mason Memorial and continue to raise funds to support programs at the hospital.  Recently the guild presented their twenty second Field Day where 180 women gathered to compete in sporting events and other competitions before enjoying lunch al fresco at the home of Rick and Lisa Plath.  Guests and members together raised over $14,000 which will be used for physical therapy programs at Children’s Village.  Thank you Florence Wight Guild!

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Gentle Yoga

We want you to be healthy for everything that life offers! Virginia Mason Memorial and Kohl’s Cares has teamed up to bring you Healthy For Life, a program dedicated to bring you exercise classes at no cost!

  • Gentle Yoga, every Tuesday, 6 – 7 pm, Yoga Collective of Yakima, 2614 A W. Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima *Age 10 and over
  • Gentle Chair Fitness, every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, 1211 S 7th St, Yakima *Age 60 and over

More class information at https://www.yakimamemorial.org/medical-services-com-yakima-free-exercise-programs.asp

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