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U.S. Olympian Helps Celebrate Opening of Peter Pan Birthday Club

June 05, 2002

The new Peter Pan Birthday Club is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about volunteerism by helping other kids.

A special 14th birthday party for Children’s patient Brianna Oas to kick off the hospital’s new volunteer-run Peter Pan Birthday Club, a program to teach kids about philanthropy.

Friday, June 7, 2:30 p.m.

Broadway actress and two-time Olympian, Cathy Rigby
Children’s Hospital patient Brianna Oas
Brianna’s family, friends and caregivers

Children’s Hospital Board Room
4800 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle, WA
Meet at Train Entrance

The new Peter Pan Birthday Club is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about volunteerism by helping other kids. By asking birthday party guests to make donations to the hospital rather than bring presents, club members help support the hospital’s injury prevention programs. Youngsters are also invited to tour the hospital to see first-hand how they are helping. Poulsbo resident Brianna Oas, who has cystic fibrosis, has been coming to Children’s Hospital for care since 1993. She is the honorary charter member of the Peter Pan Birthday Club.

The Peter Pan Birthday Club was founded in 1998 at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, where Sir James Barrie willed the rights to his story Peter Pan. The international Peter Pan Children’s Fund gave Seattle Children’s a gift to start the Peter Pan Birthday Club endowment to support childhood injury and illness prevention.

Former U.S. Olympian Cathy Rigby, star of the hit Broadway musical Peter Pan, is a long-time supporter of children’s issues. She serves as the national spokesperson for the Peter Pan Birthday Club.

To join the Peter Pan Birthday club, call 206/528-2777 or email

As both a community hospital for greater Seattle and the pediatric referral center for the Pacific Northwest, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center provides directly or in partnership with others, excellent pediatric care, education and research programs. Children’s is an advocate on behalf of health care needs of children at local, state and national levels. Children’s provides health care appropriate for the special needs of children regardless of race, sex, creed, ethnicity or disability. Financial assistance is provided based upon family need and hospital resources.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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