Commemorating an Outstanding Year

Guild Association Annual Meeting

Hundreds of supporters gathered at the Westin Seattle on April 1 for the Guild Association Annual Meeting.

The Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon Celebration attracted 450 guild members and supporters to the Westin Seattle April 1. Laurie Boehme, Guild Association chair, applauded guilds for an exceptional year. In 2010, guilds raised $10.7 million through projects, events and membership dues, exceeding last year's total and surpassing the goal for 2010 by $2.8 million.

Dr. Tom Hansen Guild Meeting 2011

Dr. Tom Hansen, CEO of Seattle Children's, thanked guilds and shared plans for the future.

Seattle Children's CEO Dr. Tom Hansen thanked guilds for their unwavering support and shared plans for the hospital's future. Dr. Michael Jensen spoke about his innovative cancer research, which will ultimately allow his team to use a patient's own genetically reprogrammed T-cells as a therapy to fight cancer. Children's patient Skyler Hamilton shared his story and won attendees' hearts with his good humor and show-stealing antics. Hamilton was treated at Children's for metastatic medullosblastoma, a cancer of the brain and spinal column.

Pat Cashman and Skyler Hamilton

Children's patient Skyler Hamilton shared his story with event emcee Pat Cashman.

Helen Langer, of the Mary Ann Bothell Guild, and Sherry Carmichael, of the Allen-Miller Guild, each won the Anna Clise Award for Individual Achievement. The Chairman's Award for Guild Excellence was presented to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and the Adaline Coffman Guild.

Pat Cashman emceed a program that included a slideshow of photos from many of last year's guild events. At the conclusion of the luncheon, attendees donated $58,000 to uncompensated care and research.

Team Seattle Races at Daytona

Team Seattle at Daytona

Many supporters cheered on the Team Seattle Guild at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The Team Seattle Guild raised $250,000 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona auto race, held Jan. 29 and 30 in Daytona, Florida. Supporters joined guild co-founders Don and Donna Kitch and Seattle Children's cardiac patient Kami Sutton to cheer on Team Seattle drivers in a Mazda RX-8 GT owned by John and Jeri Graham of JG Sport. Team Seattle partnered with actor and driver Patrick Dempsey of Dempsey Racing. The two-car team placed 3rd and 10th in class. This year's efforts raised money for the development of a cardiac hybrid surgical suite at Seattle Children's Heart Center, which combines cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery to provide less-invasive, lower-risk treatments for cardiac patients. Team Seattle's past efforts funded two endowments for the Heart Center - one for pediatric cardiac research, education and training and another for excellence in cardiac intensive care.

Another Success for the Star Guild

Star Guild Spotlight

Star Guild members gather after the event to celebrate success of the 5th American Girl Fashion Show.

The Star Guild presented four American Girl Fashion Shows at the Hilton Bellevue March 19 and 20, netting over $105,000 for uncompensated care. More than 2,067 guests attended the shows, viewing 101 models and matching dolls wearing both historical and contemporary American Girl fashions. Seattle Children's patient Taryn Solie, 9, appeared in the show, and a video voiced by Grant Goodeve highlighted the care and treatment she received at Children's for a brain tumor. Each child in attendance received a goodie bag filled with take-home treasures. Prior to the show, young models ages 5 to 11 raised more than $18,000 through individual fundraising efforts. Junior Star Guild members also contributed. Projects from both groups included selling handmade items and baked goods; hosting gymnastics parties and pizza parties; conducting penny drives; and babysitting and dog walking.

Dance Marathon Raises $27,000

Dance Marathon Spotlight

Participants at the Seattle University Dance Marathon in February reveal to the crowd the total amount raised - a 30% increase over last year.

Hundreds of attendees danced the night away at the fourth annual Dance Marathon presented by the Seattle University Dance Marathon Guild Feb. 26. Proceeds of more than $27,000 benefited uncompensated care. Dancers gathered at 10 a.m. and twirled until 2 a.m. in Seattle University's Campion Ballroom. The carnival-style, family-friendly event included food, music and crafts. A silent auction featured a two-night stay at the Seattle Marriott, a Sounders package and Seahawks memorabilia. Marji Mar and her son Marques spoke about their experiences at Children's. When Marques was 12 days old, he underwent open heart surgery to close the holes in his heart. After subsequent surgeries and many visits to the Children's Heart Center, Marques is now a happy and active 10-year-old.

The Teen Cancer Program

Teen Cancer Spotlight

Videos were filmed during Teen Talking Circles, a 2010 pilot program that provided a facilitated support group for teen cancer patients at Children's. Feedback from participants was very positive, and the next step will be to offer an ongoing program of regular support-group meetings at Children's, specifically for teens with cancer.

Teens and young adults with cancer are at risk for depression and difficulties with reintegration into school and regular activities. The Guild Association's Funding Focus supports Children's Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program; Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Johnson uses the funds to improve the psychosocial programs and educational materials serving this patient population.

One way Johnson used the funds was in the creation of a series of videos about the shared issues facing teens and young adults with cancer. The videos will be available on YouTube and searchable by topic.

"Guild Association funding has been crucial to developing new materials for our teen cancer program. The videos we're producing will be helpful to our patients here in Seattle, and can also be viewed publicly by patients everywhere," says Johnson.

Funding Focus Update

In 2009, the Guild Association embarked on its three-year, $4.5 million Funding Focus initiative to support cardiac care, the teen cancer program and the prevention of prematurity and stillbirth. Each area will have received $1.5 million when the Funding Focus concludes in September 2011.