Virginia Mason Memorial now offers 3D mammograms

The gift of peace of mind. Virginia Mason Memorial now offers 3D mammograms, which produce a superior, enhanced view of breast tissue, greatly reducing the need for return visits for further x-rays. This advanced technology helps in identifying suspicious tissue earlier, resulting in a better treatment outcome. Your support of the mammogram scholarship fund at ‘Ohana ensures everyone has access to the new technology, no matter their financial circumstances.

You can give to support this program here:

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Helping cancer patients in Yakima

The gift of hope.  Your gifts provide for nutritionists specializing in helping cancer patients through side effects of their illness and treatment , just one of many complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families to live the best life they can during and after treatment.  The patient emergency fund helps alleviate some of the financial or transportation struggles faced daily by patients fighting cancer.

You can give to support cancer care in Yakima:

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Hospice in Yakima

The gift of comfort.  Compass care services are reaching more people than ever.  Because of your support, more licensed social workers support all of our palliative and hospice patients and their family caregivers who are struggling to cope with the uncertainties and fears of an extended or terminal illness.  Cottage in the Meadow has more rooms for patients and their families to receive the specialized, compassionate care needed at life’s end.

Learn more about Cottage in the Meadow here.

You can support Cottage in the Meadow, and other Compass Care programs and services below:

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End Of Life Care

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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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#GivingTuesday – It’s Not a Matter of ‘If’… It’s a Matter of “When”

If cancer has not touched your life already, it will one day. Whether it be through a personal diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one – cancer makes its mark on everyone. It’s not a matter of “if”… it’s a matter of “when.”

Meet Jill… she is a cancer survivor. She found hope and support in the superior cancer care services that are available to her locally, in Yakima. Because of this, she made her journey towards recovery at home, where she felt comfortable.

Today, she is a survivor. Jill has made it her mission to support, and encourage others in the community, to support the services that saved her life. She understands firsthand the impact our generous community makes. Won’t you become a part of this impact?

This #GivingTuesday, November 28, lend your support to the superior cancer services that exist locally, in Yakima.  The superior cancer care services that saved Jill’s life. You can help turn patients into survivors.

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

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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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Help for Those Going Through Cancer Treatment

The North Star Lodge Patient Emergency Fund, funded by donors to The Memorial Foundation, provides assistance to patients on limited incomes who may be unable to pay for some of their basic needs when they are going through cancer treatment.

For those with a limited income, the out-of-pocket costs for each appointment and for cancer medications can mean they are unable to afford the basics of life – food, gas, power or phone contact.   Recently, cancer care was provided to a single gentleman who lives in a very remote area about 30 miles from North Star Lodge.  The cost of cancer care left him unable to pay for cell phone usage with his pre-paid cell phone.  He has limited family in the area and no close neighbors – so without cell phone access he was isolated, unable to call for help if needed, arrange transportation or speak to his cancer care team if he had questions or problems.

North Star Lodge social workers discovered how dire his situation was during their routine assessment.  They utilized the Patient Emergency Assistance Fund to provide him with pre-paid cell phone minutes so he could stay in touch with them, connect with family living far away from the Yakima area and call for help if he needed it.  This simple intervention and support of less than $75 helped to make the cancer journey for this patient more bearable.

The patient was overjoyed that we were able to provide this support to him during his treatment.  He was extremely grateful for this simple gift, made possible by the generous donors in this community.

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