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

July 10, 2003

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

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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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