Diabetes Prevention Program gets CDC recognition

The Diabetes Prevention Program at Virginia Mason Memorial, with funding provided through The Memorial Foundation, has recently been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as meeting rigorous standards set by the CDC.  Virginia Mason Memorial’s program is the 12th out of 80 in the state of Washington to achieve this status. This is particularly important for those we serve in the Yakima Valley, where 1 in 3 residents is pre-diabetic, and 1 in 11 have diabetes.

Roger Yockey, and his wife, Marilyn, both 78, have both taken the class, and have shed about 168 pounds between them. Roger has successfully moved out of the prediabetes zone!

For Roger, having his wife as his partner in the program made all the difference. “It really helps if you have a partner. Marilyn and I tracked what we ate with a focus on calories and fat. That’s our guide. And in the group sessions, you’re talking to other people and they’re telling you what their experiences have been.”

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Pepsi and Wray’s partner for kids

For 9 years, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company and Wray’s Market Fresh IGA have partnered to support Children’s Village through an annual fundraising promotion.  Each summer, a portion of Pepsi products sold at Wray’s stores is donated to support the special health care needs of children served at Children’s Village.

Children’s Village serves 6,000 children with special health care needs each year.  This annual donation from Pepsi and Wray’s helps to provide specialized care for children at Children’s Village, with services including specialty clinics and physical, occupational, speech, and behavioral therapies.

Thank you Pepsi and Wray’s!

 

Photo identifier (left – right):  Mary Lynne Brewington, The Memorial Foundation; Carrie Schilperoot, Children’s Village, Chris Brown, President Wray’s Market Fresh IGA; Greg McDonald, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co, and Mike Trammell, General Manager, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co.

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20 years of Impact

You would never know Brittany has traveled so far on a journey to wellness. And, Children’s Village had a great impact on her journey.  Today, the vibrant young mom is busy raising her own daughter.  But over 20 years ago, Brittany was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor.  She suffered from hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain,” a side effect of the tumor.  Her mom, Gina, found hope in the form of resource coordinator, Iris Montgomery, through Memorial’s Child Health Services.  Iris coordinated Brittney’s first appointment at Seattle Children’s Hospital with the pediatric neurologist.  Iris also came to the Coats’ home before that appointment with a map and money for the trip.  That appointment proved pivotal for Brittany.  “I don’t know what a couple more months of not being diagnosed would have brought,” said her father, Tim.  “The pressure on Brittany’s brain was too great.”

Soon, in 1997, Children’s Village was built, and Brittany was able to see the pediatric neurologist at the Village through the specialty clinics.  This allowed the family to remain in Yakima, rather than move to Seattle. Brittany’s condition was eventually treated with a shunt that was inserted into the brain to relieve the pressure.

After 12 surgeries throughout the years, Brittany felt like a normal teenager. The process was not easy, but Children’s Village and its parent support programs helped them get through that very difficult time.  Family support services and medical access locally at Children’s Village also proved vital to the Coats family.

Through Parent to Parent, Gina said, “We also learned from sharing information.  It’s a great feeling when you can be around like people and draw from their experiences and share yours.”

Brittany took part in the recreational programs through Children’s Village and was matched with a certified mentor.

When Brittany graduated from Children’s Village, she felt it was her turn to give back, so she became a mentor for others.  “I felt I could step into that role and be able to give them (kids receiving services) guidance and let mothers know that I’ve been where they are.” Her family’s firsthand experience has made her believe in the programs and services offered at Children’s Village.

 

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Racing for a Cure Car Show

Thank you Team Midnight Racing for hosting their 3rd annual Racing for a Cure Car Show and Meet and making an impact locally for cancer patients. With over 1,500 new diagnosis a year in the Yakima valley, North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center provides exceptional and compassionate care.

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Can you help children with special needs in Yakima?

The gift of growing up. From updated equipment in Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to early diagnosis and treatment of special needs, you have given the incredible gift of growing up to thousands of children in our region. Your support has taught families how to work together to ensure vulnerable babies reach their fullest potential.

You can support children with special needs in Yakima:

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#GivingTuesday – Investing in Supportive Care for Our Community

Investing in local healthcare secures the supportive care that you or a family member may one day need. The best part: your care can be delivered right here, in your community, without having to worry about long distance travel. The end result: better healthcare outcomes and long-lasting relationships with those who were right by your side along the way.

Meet Danielle. She and her son, Alex, found the support they needed in the programs and services that are available at Children’s Village. Without the generous support of our community, such specialized care could only be made available at a distance, in major cities where there are larger populations to serve. Alex is now healthier… leading a productive, promising life.

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the amazing specialized care and services that exist at Children’s Village. Your gift will help others, like Danielle and Alex, find solace in the healthcare that resides in their community.

Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn about other giving opportunities.

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#GivingTuesday – A Great Opportunity to Impact Your Community

Improving your community involves instilling a better quality of life for those who lives within it. This quality of life should apply to everyone – young or old; healthy or sick. Compass Care ensures that those who are enduring a chronic or terminal illness will be guaranteed their quality of life, as best as is possible, for its duration.

Meet Ray… he became a donor after a family member received care at Cottage in the Meadow, a service that is under the Compass Care umbrella. It was this experience that compelled him to become involved in ensuring such services remain available in Yakima.
It is important to him that others who may be going through a similar life circumstance can receive the same quality of care as his loved one. Ray’s impact has been phenomenal!

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the programs and services of Compass Care. The impact that you will have will secure a better quality of life in your community for today and into tomorrow.

Visit our #GivingTuesday page to learn about other giving opportunities.

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YouthWorks Students and Bucks for Kids Day/National Coffee Day at Dutch Bros

 

The Dutch Bros location in Yakima, owned by Emmily McColloch, chose to give one dollar of every drink sold on National Coffee Day this past September 29th to the YouthWorks program through the Memorial Foundation. Pictured here are Julianne Mendoza of the YouthWorks Council and Ivan Baumbach representing the YouthWorks Council and as a contestant in the Mr. Ike YouthWorks pageant. These are just two of the many students who take part in raising not just money, but also awareness of children’s special healthcare needs. The YouthWorks pageants have raised over one million dollars to support healthcare needs and services at Children’s Village, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Pediatrics at Virginia Mason Memorial. These students are giving back in their communities, volunteering their time, and learning about philanthropy as evidenced by Dutch Bros’ generosity. From 4:30 am to 11:00 pm that day, Dutch Bros raised $1,361.39 to benefit the YouthWorks program put on through The Memorial Foundation. Thank you Dutch Bros, Emmily, and your amazing staff! You and these young people are heroes in our community!

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Children’s Village Turns 20 Chamber Report

Since the doors at Children’s Village first opened 20 years ago, thousands of children with special needs and their families have been served in a welcoming place that unites multiple avenues of specialty care under one colorful roof. All with the goal of helping to ease the strain on families who are often overwhelmed, and serving those families right where they live – here in the Yakima Valley.

Children’s Village began as a vision among key community organizations and dedicated volunteers to meet the special health care needs of area children and their families. As a collaboration between Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Virginia Mason Memorial, Comprehensive Healthcare and The Memorial Foundation, the Village — thanks to the commitment of the Yakima Valley community — provides medical, dental, and behavioral services to children from birth to 18 with special health care needs such as autism and Down syndrome. There are peer support groups for parents and siblings, team sports, social events, and a spring prom for the kids and teens. There’s even family swim night hosted at the therapy pool.

Through its unique blend of services, the Village has helped thousands of children live fuller, more independent lives. In 2016, the Village served nearly 5,000 children with special needs, five times as many as were served in 1998, the first full year it was open.

The Village is a welcoming place, putting anxious children at ease as soon as they enter. Walls are bright and cheerful; preserved trees dot the hallways; the elevator resembles a mine shaft; the reception desk is inside a covered wagon; and a large meeting room is contained in a barn.

The ability to continue changing lives over the next 20 years and serve even more families in need is largely dependent on community support.  And that’s where The Memorial Foundation’s work to grow and enrich Children’s Village continues. The Village has never been sustained solely by reimbursement. It depends on grants and charitable donations from the community through The Memorial Foundation.

Despite these challenges, however, Children’s Village remains a unique facility not just for a community of Yakima’s size, but anywhere.  More than anything, it is a place for children to be children first. Everyone at Children’s Village believes the same thing: Help kids be the very best kids they can be.

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Loving care provided

Four years ago, Amanda was admitted into hospice care. She was profoundly disabled and her only family was the staff at her group home. Despite being blind, deaf, and nonverbal, Amanda responded to the loving care provided by her group home family and her hospice team. She was moved to Cottage in the Meadow for symptom management just days before she died. Amanda received the compassion given to all hospice patients, and she died comfortable and pain free, among her loving friends and caregivers.

“I have found personal growth and healing through being able to assist hospice patients and their caregivers. It is an honor to provide the means and help for a person to leave this world with dignity and to help minimize their suffering.” Kathy Breshears, hospice nurse.

The hospice team brings a tremendous level of compassion, care and comfort, not just for the patients, but for the whole family and caregivers affected by the loss of a loved one. Thank you for supporting Compass Care. Your gifts ensure this comfort is available to all who need it.

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