Subaru Loves to Care!

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Through the Subaru Loves to Care initiative, Stewart Subaru of Yakima recently donated 60 blankets for the comfort and care of patients at North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.  This Subaru program is a partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to spread hope, love and warmth to those fighting cancer.

For the third year in a row, Stewart Subaru participated in this program donating 170 blankets to date for patients at North Star Lodge!

Thank you Stewart Subaru and the Subaru Loves to Care program!

 

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Manny was born at only 26 weeks, weighing in at a tiny 2 lbs. 5 oz.

Manny enjoyed his birthday and actually ate some of his birthday cake! This was a big accomplishment for Manny and cause for celebration for him and his family. Thanks to the occupational therapy services he has received at Children’s Village, Manny has experienced success this past year.

Manny was born at only 26 weeks, weighing in at a tiny 2 lbs. 5 oz. As a newborn, he received early intervention services at Children’s Village to help his developmental delays. But then when he was six months old he had a serious lung issue and was rushed to the hospital with trouble swallowing and respiratory failure. He survived this health crisis but needed a g-tube inserted into his stomach so that he could take in nutrition. Since that time, Manny has been coming to Children’s Village to work with an occupational therapist to gain interest in eating solid food. Manny thinks he is just coming to the Village to play, but actually he is gaining food acceptance and learning vital eating skills.

When he first started the therapy, he could not tolerate food textures and really had trouble transitioning from the feeding tube to eating by mouth. With his therapist, he works on sensory therapy and acceptance of different food textures.

A real milestone was the day Manny went to his mom and said, “tummy hungry,” and asked for food! He is touching different textures and has more acceptance of food. His therapist has also helped his parents make changes and adjustments at home to help Manny to eat.

Today, we are happy to report that Manny is eating and doing great. And, he sure enjoyed his birthday cake!

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Lifestyle changes that make an impact

During 2017, scores of Yakima physicians referred patients to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Diabetes Prevention program, and 398 of you enrolled.  Generous gifts to The Memorial Foundation and grant funding help support this life-changing program.

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control, the goal is for those at risk to learn a lifestyle of healthier choices to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.  Fifty percent of participants achieved a 5-7 percent weight loss during the first 16 weeks, adding up to a combined weight loss of 4,224 pounds.

The Diabetes Prevention Program is subsidized wholly through community donations to The Memorial Foundation and grants received.  Thank you for doing your part to make Yakima a healthier place to live!

For information about the class, visit yakimamemorial.org/diabetes

You do not need a physician’s referral to take the class. “All you need to do is give this program a try!”

“When a friend mentioned this lifestyle change program to me, it piqued my interest. I had wanted to change my eating and exercise habits for some time, and I jumped at the opportunity to get started. I enjoy hearing different ideas and perspectives from others in the program and am motivated by the enthusiasm I see each week. Now, I am working on a daily routine that involves healthy eating and exercising.” ––a program participant

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Grieving?  Where to turn

Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation provide funding for bereavement support to assist people after the loss of a loved one.  During this difficult time, coping with day-to-day life can sometimes be a struggle – Compass Care is there to help.

“The Memorial Hospice team brought such compassion, care and comfort, not just for the patients, but for my whole family.  They understood my overwhelming grief as I walked the last journey with my brother.”  —a grateful family member

Each person grieves differently.  After the loss of a loved one, people may feel guilt, loneliness, regret, numbness, anger, denial, shock, relief, peace…or any combination of these.

Because of your donations, bereavement services are increasing dramatically for our community. Support groups are offered throughout the Valley, as well as innovative programming for those who have suffered a loss, including Compass Care’s Grief Recovery Workshops and the annual Kids Grief Workshop program.  Visit yakimamemorial.org/events for more information.

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Nothing can prepare you for the word “Cancer”.

A breast cancer survivor shares her gratefulness. Your donations help support vital services at both North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center and ‘Ohana Mammography Center that help many patients like Heather.

“After a mammogram and ultrasound at ‘Ohana, I was evaluated by a surgeon who ordered a biopsy.  Waiting on results from the biopsy was one of the scariest times in my life.

I don’t think anything can prepare you for the word “Cancer”.  The diagnosis was ductal carcinoma in situ.  At this point I couldn’t seem to hear anything else that was said.  I felt like both feet were knocked out from under me.  Having to process it myself and then trying to let my children and family know was one of the hardest things to do.

After discussion with my doctors, we planned a full mastectomy, followed by 6 straight weeks of radiation at North Star Lodge and then reconstruction.  After healing from several related surgeries, I was ready for my final surgery. It has been a long recovery. Going through this I was always thankful for the care I received. Thank you for all the care you gave me.

During this time, I shared a bond with some women I will never forget—other patients at North Star. I now have the burning desire to serve and volunteer at North Star Lodge and help in any way I can to continue giving love and guidance to those in need. My fuel in life that keeps me going is to love others where they are. The more that I give of my time and love for others, the gift is no greater than what I get back.”

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Unitus Community and Solarity Credit Unions support CU4Kids!

Thank you to Unitus Community Credit Union and Solarity Credit Union for supporting babies and kids treated at Children’s Village and Virginia Mason Memorial, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Solarity Credit Union has continued its support of pediatric patients treated at our hospital through their sponsorship of the Red Flyer Wagon at the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual auction benefiting CU4Kids. During last year’s auction, Unitus Community Credit Union placed the highest bid for the wagon at $10,000. We are so grateful for the support from these generous organizations; thank you for making miracles possible for kids across Central Washington!

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Cle Elum Artists on Display

A generous group of quilters in Cle Elum spends a lot of time sewing for Virginia Mason Memorial’s tiniest patients.  Quilts, receiving blankets, travel blankets, and other infant items are their special focus.  They have created scores of custom designs for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric patients.  Now you have a chance to view their handiwork!

The Carpenter House Museum and Art Gallery at 302 W Third Street, Cle Elum, is presenting a very special showing of the group’s quilts, between June 30 – July 27.  Afterward, many of the quilts will be donated to The Memorial Foundation for Memorial’s pediatric and hospice patients.  The Carpenter House is open Friday through Sundays, Noon – 4:00 PM.  If you attend on July 8, some of the artists will be in attendance.  And, they’ll have cookies!

Take a scenic drive, enjoy the quilted art show, and stop in at the Cle Elum Dairy Queen for their Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraising campaign benefitting, you guessed it…children’s health care programs and services at Virginia Mason Memorial, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

 

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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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