Children's Hospital Honors the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with Pennington Award

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently presented the 2003 W.J. "Jerry" Pennington Award to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in recognition of the organization's leadership, dedication and service to the hospital's mission and the children it serves.


Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently presented the 2003 W.J. "Jerry" Pennington Award to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in recognition of the organization's leadership, dedication and service to the hospital's mission and the children it serves.

Seattle: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center recently presented the 2003 W.J. "Jerry" Pennington Award to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in recognition of the organization's leadership, dedication and service to the hospital's mission and the children it serves. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

"The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a great friend of children and one of the most generous and long-time partners that Children's has ever had," said Treuman Katz, president and CEO of Children's. "The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's dedication to support state-of-the-art research and multidisciplinary patient care at Children's is helping to extend the average life expectancy of children with CF."

"I am honored to accept the Pennington Award on behalf of the CF Foundation and the 30,000 young people with CF across the United States. The city of Seattle has always been a tremendous resource for the CF Foundation because of the generosity of its citizens and the exemplary medical care and research initiatives available through Children's Hospital," said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the CF Foundation. "Children's has been an invaluable contributor to the fight against CF and a wonderful institution with which to work. I look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Children's and know that they will be an integral collaborator in the development of new treatments and a cure for CF."

Since 1982, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has provided nearly $16 million for CF research at Children's. At the core is the CF Foundation's Therapeutics Development Network (TDN), a collaboration of 14 clinical and research institutions across the country. The CF Foundation's TDN Coordinating Center, located at Children's under the direction of Bonnie Ramsey, MD, designs and implements the study protocols and performs the statistical analyses and data management for all CF Foundation-funded clinical trials.

"Thanks to a steadfast focus and clear vision, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has had a tremendous impact on children's lives not only in the Northwest, but across the country and throughout the world," said Dina Wells, chairman of the board of trustees at Children's. "When we join forces with other organizations who have a different expertise, but share a similar vision and commitment to children's health, the results are amazing."

The W.J. "Jerry" Pennington Award was established in 1985 in honor of W.J. "Jerry" Pennington. Mr. Pennington, a former president of the Seattle Times, was a distinguished and respected member of Children's Advisory Board and a tireless advocate of the hospital's mission. The Pennington Award was created as a tribute to his name and memory and is given annually to an individual, couple or organization that has had a significant impact on Children's and its mission. The Award is the highest honor bestowed by Children's. Past recipients include:


2002: Dorothy and Robert O'Brien
2001: Sharon and Dick Friel
2000: Kate B. Webster
1999: Children's Miracle Network
1998: Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
1997: The Seattle Foundation
1996: The Auction of Northwest Wines
1995: Costco Wholesale
1994: Mary M. Gates
1993: Bank of America
1992: Robert S. Cline
1990: KOMO Television and Radio
1988: Washington State Elks Association
1987: Phil Smart, Sr.
1986: Nordstrom
1985: Mrs. Burns Lindsey

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Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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