Meet the Hope for Hearts Guild

Bradshaw family (membership)

Wes and Robyn Bradshaw (above, with daughter Reagan) founded the Hope for Hearts Guild to support cardiac surgery education. When she was 14 days old, Reagan underwent complex cardiac surgery that required keeping her chest open for 10 days. Reagan is now an active and happy 2-year-old who loves visiting the Heart Center to see her favorite doctors.

Wes and Robyn Bradshaw founded the Hope for Hearts Guild in November 2010. Their daughter, Reagan, who was born with two major heart defects, has undergone two surgeries performed by Seattle Children's Dr. Gordon Cohen. To honor Reagan and the care she has received from Dr. Cohen, the guild supports cardiac surgery education.

The Bradshaws travel from Yakima to Seattle for Reagan's care and plan to host events in both cities. Their first event was a concert featuring live music by Short Bus Bobby, held March 12 at the Yakima Sports Center. The concert raised $1,800.

Renew Your Membership

Skinner Guild (membership)

The Ned and Kayla Skinner Guild (above) and the Des Moines Auxiliary are the largest guild and auxiliary with 100% paid dues.

Renewing your Guild Association membership helps us keep our century-old promise to the community: to provide medically necessary healthcare to children in our region, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Last year, membership dues provided nearly $150,000 for uncompensated care.

"Guild Association membership honors our past and allows each one of us the opportunity to help provide healthcare to kids who need it," says Jennifer Goldberg, chair of the Guild Association membership committee. "Seattle Children's was built on community support, and by paying dues we continue that legacy."

Soon you will receive a letter requesting dues renewal by Nov. 14. Regular membership dues are $25; senior and junior guild dues are $10. Lifetime memberships are $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for couples. You can renew online. Your renewal makes a difference!

Expansion Update

Expansion (membership)

The new facility will include single-patient rooms to ensure privacy and increase safety by reducing the risk of infection.

For more than a century, guild members have supported Seattle Children's need to grow. Thanks in part to your strong advocacy, Children's broke ground on a 330,000-square-foot building in its Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion in May. The expansion will increase the hospital's capacity to treat its most vulnerable patients - children with cancer and other critical illnesses and those who need emergency services.

The new facility will include 80 additional beds for patients in cancer and critical care treatment, as well as amenities to help families maintain some of the rhythms of daily life. Pending additional fundraising, the facility will include a new emergency department on the ground floor. The hope is to begin moving in by April 2013.

Thank you for your support as Children's expands to better serve our region. To stay informed about expansion progress and to watch a webcam, visit our Construction Blog.

Project Teen II

In fiscal 2009, the Guild Association-wide effort Project Teen collected hundreds of items for Children's young-adult patients and raised more than $10,000 for the purchase of additional items. Project Teen II launches this year, and we again ask for your help.

Project Teen II supports Seattle Children's Child Life Department in providing items for teens such as iTunes gift cards, books, DVD movies (new release, PG-13), nail-polish kits, electronic games (E- or T-rated for Wii, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS), journaling supplies and college or professional sports team items.

You can support Project Teen II by purchasing an item, making a cash donation, organizing a drive in your community or asking guests at your event to bring items for our teen patients. New items only, please. Mail items and financial donations to:

Project Teen II
Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association
PO Box 5371/S-200
Seattle, WA 98145-5005

Project Teen II concludes at our 2012 annual meeting. Call 206-987-6806 with questions or for more information.