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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When should you replace infant car seats?

Many people are unaware that if their helmet or car seat is involved in a crash, they should be replaced as the integrity of the item has been compromised. (break)

With the help of community funding from The Memorial Foundation, helmets, infant car seats and booster seats are available for patients coming to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency
Department with injuries. This proactive approach helps to prevent future injuries.

If families are involved in a car crash and the parents are admitted to the hospital, then the person picking up the children often have no way to safely transport the children home. This was the scenario which prompted the application for funding to The Memorial Foundation. The infant seats were used up before the end of the first year.

This program has been beneficial to Virginia Mason Memorial’s Emergency Department staff also. They believe by giving out a car seat or a helmet they are preventing another family in our community from having to go through a traumatic experience of an injured child.

Story shared by: Tammy Pettis BSN, RN, CEN, Trauma Coordinator

 

If you you would like donate to help build a healthier Yakima you can do so here https://memfound.org/give-donate.asp

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6 year old with Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia takes first steps!

An amazing success story

This is Orlando, or as he likes to be called “OJ”.  He is 6 years old and goes to elementary school in Wapato.  He was born with Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia.  Sometimes in therapy at Children’s Village, huge success moments happen…and Orlando recently had one of these moments!

When OJ was born, his ankles and wrists were curved from his condition. His mom was told from several specialists that he would never walk on his own. At just three days old, he began a series of casting to straighten his legs. His knees were also contracted. OJ started at Children’s Village as a baby and was also seen for physicial therapy in his home.

OJ had surgery on his knees this past summer in another attempt to straighten his legs. As a follow-up to this recent surgery, he was back at Children’s Village for physical therapy. It was there at Children’s Village on November 30, at the age of 6, that OJ took his very first independent steps! His therapist and parents could not believe it! His mom kept saying…” I can’t believe it, they said he would never walk!” All the while, his therapist was doing her best to catch OJ who was walking all over the room, not listening because he was so excited to be walking!

An amazing success story, made possible by one very determined little boy, his family, his health care providers and Children’s Village.  This is one of many success stories that occur because of your support of programs at Children’s Village.  Thank you!

 

If you would like to give to support programs at Children’s Village you can do so here https://memfound.org/give-donate.asp

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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 others stay healthy in Yakima?

The gift of health. Families from all walks of life attend the scores of healthy living classes supported by your generosity. From early childhood to the sunset years, the importance of learning how to feed and care for our bodies is everyone’s concern. Through the generosity of your gift, more families are adopting healthier lifestyles, receiving regular health screenings, and learning about personal safety.

Want to help others stay healthy? You can donate here:

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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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