“Seattle Children’s Hospital has been an integral part of my life since February of 1985 as part of the Frances W. Nordstrom Guild. Over the course of these 33 years, I have personally witnessed the acceleration of finding cures for childhood diseases, particularly with the astounding and exciting research being conducted at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. We are on the brink of something extraordinary: cures for many of our most ill children. We can all say yes in some capacity. Now is the time!”
Patient Shares Passion for Music
Cass Huff stole the sold-out show at LUMA Guild’s 20th annual benefit concert, featuring a symphony called “Epoch,” held November 10 at Benaroya Hall. The 15-year-old musician is a lifelong Seattle Children’s patient who uses music to help her through life’s challenges, including 42 surgeries to treat a genetic condition called Conradi–Hunermann syndrome.
Cass and guild founder and composer Mateo Messina co-wrote and performed a song called “It’s Music,” with a theme of inspiring strength and supporting one another as we navigate through the beauty and uncertainty that are inescapable hallmarks of life. For Cass, the song she performed with Messina was about inspiring others through song and sharing a message of hope. An accomplished performer, she aims to star on Broadway one day.
The evening’s musical lineup also included indie rock band Rogue Wave and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Spain. Proceeds from the concert combined with funds raised at the guild’s Rocktoberfest resulted in a gift of more than $250,000 to fuel the groundbreaking pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s and support uncompensated care.
Race With a Mission
Run of Hope Seattle was held on Sept. 24 at Seattle’s Seward Park. Co-presented by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Guild and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, the ninth annual race raised a record-breaking $665,000 for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children’s. Before the run, more than 80 fundraising teams and 2,300 attendees heard inspiring stories from Seattle Children’s brain tumor patients. Since 2008, Run of Hope Seattle has raised more than $4 million for Seattle Children’s pediatric brain tumor research.
Pictured: Run of Hope participants receiving additional encouragement from members of Seattle Children’s oncology team of leading brain tumor researchers and clinicians, pictured here with patient Max Hanson (in orange). From left: Nurse practitioners Cory Hoeppner and Susan Holtzclaw; Drs. Russ Geyer and Courtney Crane; Seattle Children’s CEO, Dr. Jeff Sperring; and Drs. Sarah Leary, Rich Ellenbogen, Nick Vitanza and Jim Olson.
Celebrating Four Decades of Love for Seattle Children’s
There was a particularly celebratory air to the Festival of Trees events in November, as the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild celebrated its 40th anniversary of hosting this annual tradition. Again, partnering with the Autism Center Guild, they kicked off their ornamental homage to the season at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. The Annual Gala and Dinner Auction was held November 18, followed by the Festival of Trees Celebration on November 19, when a happy crowd gathered for the lighting of the hotel’s grand lobby tree while children visited with Santa.
Combined, these events raised more than $550,000 for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care. Congratulations and thank you to the members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild for decades of holiday memories and a steadfast commitment to improving child health!
Pictured: Members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild with members of the Autism Center Guild celebrating four decades of holiday fun at their annual gala.
“Womenpower” Continues to Drive Calendar Sales ‒ 80 Years and Counting
“It’s womenpower that runs the calendar drive. It is a monument to womanhood ‒ a donation of millions of woman-hours given in love for the wonderful work the hospital does,” said Mrs. Gerald DeGarmo in a 1975 Seattle newspaper article about the “Children’s Orthopedic Calendar” ‒ now in its 80th year. DeGarmo was the first president of the Mary B. Myers Guild, which launched the fledgling calendar project in 1938. “Up until then we gave parties and dance, dance, dances. We danced our feet off to raise money. Finally, I said we needed a more steady annual income,” she added.
Guild members cut and assembled by hand the first 4,000 calendars, which sold for 25¢ each. Flash forward 80 years, four guilds and countless volunteer hours later, and the Seattle Children’s calendar 80th anniversary calendar print run is 25,000, each selling for $5 to support Seattle Children’s uncompensated care.
“Doing the mail order was like having 700 pen pals who shared a common love for Seattle Children’s…. We shared stories about mothers, siblings, children and grandchildren, all of whom had associations with the hospital. It was a joy to be involved!” remembers Sharon McCagg of the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild, which took the calendar reins in 1976 and managed it for 30 years.
“My mom’s guild wanted to pass it along to a group with a connection ‒ carrying on that tradition is what made it so special to be involved,” says Kelley Mullet, who remembers having “a blast” working on the project with fellow members of the Dreams of Hope Guild, which managed the calendar from 2005 to 2015. Mullet’s mother, Linda Stull, is a longtime member of the Milnora de B. Roberts Guild.
In 2015, the Project Care Guild inherited the long-lived fundraiser, and sales have continued to grow.
“It’s been a privilege to carry on this tradition in honor of the guilds that have made the calendar such a success. This project also depends on the support of the community and local businesses,” says Barbara Mann, current calendar chair, who is thankful to the John L. Scott Foundation for helping to underwrite the cost of printing this year. “There are a lot of pretty calendars out there, but people make a conscious choice to buy ours to support the hospital.”
Pictured: From left, Project Care Guild members Mary Compton, Lisa Mann and Barbara Mann. Anniversary calendars are available at your local grocery store.