I Am Seattle Children's: Pink Bandanas Junior Guild

Pink Bandanas

It all started with Sarah, a 9-year-old who always wore a pink bandana when she was going through chemotherapy. After Sarah passed away from a brain tumor, her friends started the Pink Bandanas Junior Guild in her honor. To raise funds for Children's, guild members hand-tie ponytail holders and headbands - about 4,000 to date - and sell them in nine retail locations across Seattle. They also host bake sales and toy drives and participate in the annual Run of Hope Seattle.

"We wanted to help little kids like Sarah so they don't have to go through what she went through," says founding member MacKenzie Floyd. Since forming in March 2012, the guild has raised $6,000 for pediatric brain tumor research. "We want to raise money until there's a cure for pediatric brain tumors," adds member Erin Skrobut.

2012 Research Champions Guilds

Research Champions touring Center for Cancer Research

On February 7, nearly 50 representatives from Research Champions guilds toured the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research and heard from Drs. Mike Jensen and Courtney Crane, as well as from Jim Hendricks, president of Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Forty-four guilds joined Research Champions, a donor recognition program at Seattle Children's, by raising $2,500 or more for research in calendar year 2012. This is a 33% increase in Research Champions membership from 2011. Thank you for joining Seattle Children's in its search for cures.

Funding Focus Update: FDA Authorizes Cancer Clinical Trials

What if a child's own immune system could cure cancer? It's possible; and it's what inspired Guild Association trustees to direct Funding Focus dollars to cancer research in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Mike Jensen, who leads the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute, has developed a T-cell therapy that "reprograms" the body's own immune system to kill cancer cells.

In September 2012, Seattle Children's received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to conduct a cellular immunotherapy Phase I cancer trial, testing this revolutionary new therapy in patients. The Funding Focus will provide $1.5 million in uncompensated care to cover the cost of participation, which is typically not covered by insurance, and an additional $500,000 to help meet the center's greatest needs.

2012 Lifetime Members

Thank you to the following guild members who became lifetime members in fiscal year 2012. To become a lifetime member, individuals give a one-time gift of $1,000; couples, $1,500.

  • Eric and Susan Clise
  • Stephen and Mary Compton
  • Kerri Coyle
  • James M. Dillon
  • Mary Jo and Paul Foseid
  • Judy Gaffney
  • Alicia Hoston
  • Elaine Hotson-Naness
  • Patricia and Frank Imhof
  • Dean and Michelle Jansen
  • Peter Johnson
  • Steve and Margie Kimberley
  • Susan A. Margolis Kisicki
  • Alex Lytle
  • Sandra Nesbitt
  • Cinda O'Dell
  • Laurel Seaman
  • Jackie Stockdale
  • Mary Alice Stockdale

"Becoming a lifetime member made sense to me. As I encourage friends and family to participate in my guild's activities, I need to show that I'm fully committed to Children's. My lifetime membership reflects my lifelong commitment to the hospital."

- Judy Gaffney, founding member of the Clare Beckett Guild