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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Gratefulness for North Star Lodge

Your gifts to The Memorial Foundation for cancer care programs stay right here in Yakima, helping people like Christine James manage their fight against cancer.  Read further as Christine shares her experience.

“North Star Lodge has been my home away from home for the last year. Even though battling triple negative breast cancer was the toughest journey I’ve ever been on, I feel so grateful for all the staff at North Star Lodge. They have easily become my second family.  There is no stupid question, there is no stupid reaction to the chaos of feelings I felt when I was losing my control of this awful monster trying to invade my body. No matter what kind of day I was having, I had so many people offering me support.

I was very sick one Christmas and completely worn down from chemo treatments and an infection I had with a fever.  I had to go in 3 days before Christmas, and let’s face it having 5 months of infusions you’d like to keep your scheduled appointments and add no additional appointments because it feels like you’re always there. I broke down crying because I felt hopeless. While I was crying the infusion nurses all held me and gave me such a great inspirational pep talk. I needed to have blood drawn through my port and my arm at the same time. I was so frail and exhausted I asked for a nurse to hold my hand while I cried on her shoulder. What a loving group of people. I am so grateful for the expertise at North Star.”

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Yakima Symphony at Children’s Village

Join us for a summer concert at 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, at Children’s Village.

Yakima Symphony Conductor Lawrence Golan will perform a special mini-recital and visit with children, families, and community supporters of Children’s Village and a drawing will be held for a pair of tickets to a Yakima Symphony Orchestra Classical Series concert

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Washington State Patrol Troopers support NICU 

If you’ve ever walked down the hall toward the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial, you already know Evie Farmer.  She’s one of the babies featured on the alumni wall for getting her good start in life at Memorial’s NICU unit.

Evie, now 5, stopped by the NICU on June 20, exactly five years after she graduated from the NICU, a place that was her home for the first 81 days of her life. Evie and her family were on a mission: to present a generous donation to the NICU from the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association.  Evie’s dad, Jay, is a state trooper, and her mom, Theresa, is a registered nurse in Memorial’s Day Surgery.

Those who cared for Evie when she was born at 26 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces, were delighted to see a happy and healthy Evie, along with her whole family.

Consider making a gift to The Memorial Foundation to help other little ones, like Evie, get a good start on life.

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Thank You Memorial Family of Services Employees!

The 2016 Memorial Family of Services Employee Giving Campaign is well underway.   Our “family campaign” is an employee-led opportunity for all employees to join together to advance the mission of the Memorial Family of Services.
As the office that processes incoming gifts (yes, we view donations as gifts!), The Memorial Foundation has been receiving volumes of responses from employees.  Simply amazing!  Ranging from one time donations to recurring payroll deductions, by giving to The Memorial Foundation employees are keeping support local to benefit the Cancer Care, Children’s Health, Compass Care and Healthy Yakima Initiatives…right here at home.

As of yet, we don’t have numbers to report; however, we can tell from the flood of responses that our team members are supportive, caring, invested in what they do, and committed to Memorial and to our community.
Thank you Memorial Family of Services employees!

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Building on a Legacy

After serving a quarter of a century Anne Caffery has handed over leadership of The Memorial Foundation. Now as CEO Emeritus she trusts her team to guide our community leaders in making our community the healthiest it can be. We build on the legacy of iconic families like the Dolsens, Plaths, Sundquists, Shields, Temples, DeAtleys, Alegrias,  and so many others, as well as corporate leaders like Treetop Inc., the The Noel Corporation, John I Haas, Washington Fruit, Price Cold Storage and Packing, and so many more.

Anne, thank you for your great work and to our community leaders on our Foundation Board such as Bruce Heiser, Bill Wheeler, Jean Pryor and Bob Price for committing to continue this important work moving forward. Building on your legacy for generations to come.

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