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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Developing Brain

It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s is gaining great momentum thanks to guild involvement. Your enthusiastic support is helping our experts translate promising research results into real-life solutions for kids with brain disorders.

Dr. Jeff Ojemann, Seattle Children’s chief of Neurosurgery, is grateful to guild members for their central role in moving us beyond treating symptoms and behaviors to identifying the root causes of brain disorders. He’s confident that guild support today will lead to personalized treatments for each patient – bringing new hope to families impacted by autism, brain injuries, brain tumors, epilepsy and mental and behavioral health challenges.

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Welcome, New Guilds!

Hannah Hummingbird Junior Guild membersWe are proud to present these new additions to the Guild Association family in 2018.

Cure Every Kid Guild: This group is passionate about research and committed to helping find a cure for childhood cancer. Guild founders Julie and Tanguy Martin’s son was treated for cancer at Seattle Children’s and is, thankfully, now in remission. The guild’s treasurer is also a former Seattle Children’s patient and cancer survivor.

Elysian Yeasayer’s Guild: Ciera Carpenter-Boyle and a few of her closest friends were inspired by Seattle Children’s groundbreaking research to form a guild to support Strong Against Cancer. They celebrate life, courage and strength and plan to host engaging events that raise awareness for childhood cancer research while bringing the community together through entertainment and joyous revelry.

Hannah Hummingbird Junior Guild (pictured): This group of Bainbridge Island High School teens is eager to raise awareness and funds for uncompensated care. The guild is named in honor of Hannah, a Seattle Children’s patient from Bainbridge, who passed away at 16 months after struggling with neural degeneration and epilepsy. 

ImmunoMomentum! Guild: Founded in honor of Jane, 5, who was diagnosed with pediatric kidney cancer in 2017, this guild is inspired by immunotherapy as the future of cancer treatment and wants to help researchers bring innovative treatments to more young patients. 

Joseph D. Simenstad Guild: Maria and Scott Simenstad formed this guild in memory of their son Joe. Their inaugural event, held in October, put their passion to work by fundraising for uncompensated care.

Over the Moon Guild: Melissa Rizzs formed this guild to support juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) in honor of her daughter, Ryan. The group raises funds to support JDM research conducted by Dr. Dan Zhao at Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

Team Ewan Guild: Jenny and Michael Lill’s 8-year-old son, Ewan, died in May from a very aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Ewan deeply impacted many lives, especially those in his hometown of Mercer Island. The Team Ewan Guild was formed in Ewan’s memory to support Seattle Children’s High-Risk Leukemia Program. This program focuses on building better, faster and less expensive therapies. The guild’s goal is to fund improved treatments and save lives.

Unicorn Family Guild: Eight passionate advocates and supporters of Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic have focused their fundraising efforts on serving transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. The unicorn is a symbol of beauty, transformation and strength.

Young Dreamers Junior Guild: A group of teens from Skyline High School in Sammamish formed this guild to inspire students to get involved in philanthropy. Through this inclusive service opportunity, they wish to foster a sense of community and raise funds for uncompensated care.

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Guild Association Showcase: Learn, Share and Celebrate February 9

Guild Association Showcase attendeesYou’re invited to connect with like-minded volunteers and learn about the latest hospital advances at this guild celebration (formerly known as the New Member Open House). We welcome new, current and prospective guild members to hear featured speaker Dr. Jeff Sperring, Seattle Children’s chief executive officer, provide a progress report on Building Cure and Building Care, plus highlights of the It Starts With Yes campaign. This is a great opportunity to meet Guild Association staff and trustees, share tips for holding successful fundraisers and tour the hospital. The free event will be held at the hospital main campus in Wright Auditorium on Saturday, February 9, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Optional hospital tours will be provided before and after the showcase; coffee and refreshments will be provided. Look for your invitation in the mail. Please email Emily Downing with questions or call her at 206-987-6833.

Meet the Guild Association Fundraising Committee

Guild Association Fundraising Committee members

This group’s mission is to maximize guild project revenue and advocate for compliance. The committee is excited to launch a new stewardship program offering mentorship to guilds consistently raising between $500 and $5,000 annually. Back row, from left: Andrea Stiles, Shireen Singh, Jim Jaquish, Julie Patrick, Mebie Thompson, Jessica Graybill, Sherrelle Walker, Maureen Atkins and Melissa Cardenas. Front row, from left: Susan Detlor, Alex Lytle, Lisa Crisera, Courtney Blessing and Kendy Sasaki-Ross. Not pictured: Mary Jo Foseid, Leslie Groberman, Kim Lawson, Suzy Matter, Mateo Messina, Nayland Olsen, Vanessa Payne, Leslie Ridge and Wendy Funicello.

Campaign Spotlight: Guilds Say Yes!

Yes campaign fundraising thermometer infographic showing progress toward goalIt Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s is now in its second year, and guilds are a powerful force for raising funds to support the campaign’s four areas of focus:

Saying yes to every child and family. The campaign helps Seattle Children’s deliver on our core mission to provide around $165 million a year in financial assistance for families in need, to expand necessary healthcare and research facilities and to invest in clinical programs to transform children’s health.

Delivering on the promise of immunotherapy. Our aim is to refine treatment approaches until T-cell immunotherapy brings cures to all kids with cancer. A portion of the campaign will help fund Building Cure, a 540,000-square-foot research facility in downtown Seattle where we will accelerate research on dozens of childhood diseases for which immunotherapy holds great promise, including cancer, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and HIV.

Launching a new era for community health and wellness. The campaign will find innovative ways to keep more children healthy and out of the hospital. One of those ways will be to build a new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) adjacent to the Othello Link light rail station in Rainier Valley – closer to the 75% of OBCC patient families who have moved from the Central District to south Seattle and south King County for more affordable housing. This one-of-a-kind health innovation hub will bring clinicians, researchers and families together to address the social, economic and environmental roots of illness. The original OBCC in the Central District will be renovated to upgrade its clinical facilities and maintain its cultural heritage in the community.

Unlocking the mysteries of the developing brain. We will invest in recent dramatic advances in precision medicine, personalized for each child, to more effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of issues, including epilepsy, brain tumors, brain injuries, autism and mental health.

An overarching campaign goal is to ensure families can count on us today and always through legacy gifts. Including Seattle Children’s in your will or as a beneficiary of a bank account or life insurance policy helps meet the unique needs of future generations of kids. The Guild Association has a campaign goal to add 325 new guild members to the Guardians’ Circle, a group honoring those who have included Seattle Children’s in their charitable estate plans. Please join us!

How can my guild say yes?

Here are five ways your guild can weave It Starts With Yes into fundraisers and outreach to your membership and broader giving community:

  • Define the campaign. Add the priorities (above) and logo to your website and event invitations – and share existing campaign marketing materials at events.
  • Encourage members to give generously as a part of the campaign – no gift is too small!
  • Emphasize that the campaign isn’t separate from other fundraising your guild does – every dollar counts for yes!
  • Promote legacy giving to your membership – thank members at meetings who have joined the Guardians’ Circle.
  • Inspire others by inviting members to share why they say yes at events and meetings.

Contact the Guild Association for more information on how you can incorporate It Starts With Yes into your guild’s activities: email or call 206-987-6928.

Bargain Boutiques Update

Bargain Boutiques staff touring Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research with Dr. Mike JensenSince 2012, the Bargain Boutiques have raised more than $520,000 for Strong Against Cancer (SAC)! After another successful statewide in-store fundraising event last fall, store supporters are more committed than ever to fueling cures for childhood cancer.

“Since meeting his very first patient, we have been passionate about Dr. Mike Jensen’s immunotherapy research,” says Eva Campbell, director, Seattle Children’s retail. “We are thrilled that 93% of kids in the first leukemia immunotherapy trial have achieved complete remission – and we still have work to do to get to 100%! Our employees, volunteers and customers are all working together to help make that happen.”

Campbell is appreciative of company sponsors like zulily, an online retailer whose monthly employee sample sales benefit SAC. In addition, leftover items from these sales are divided among the six Bargain Boutique stores, where purchases benefit uncompensated care.

“We are so thankful for this partnership,” Campbell says. “We get an infusion of new items every month, and our customers keep coming back for this high-quality merchandise.”

Learn more about the Bargain Boutiques, or visit a store near you.

Dues Do Make a Difference: Have You Renewed Your Membership?

We are so grateful to the many guild members who recently renewed their dues – thank you! If you still need to pay your annual dues, it’s not too late. Renewing is more than writing a check or going online. It’s a simple yet profound way to demonstrate your commitment to Seattle Children’s and your guild — while ensuring you receive hospital publications and exclusive member invites. You can also become a Lifetime Member: You’ll never pay annual dues again and can join as many guilds as you like. Please email Emily Downing with questions or call her at 206-987-6833. It’s easy to renew online, or call the Guild Association at 206-987-2153.


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Please Pay Your Membership Dues – An Easy Way to Say Yes!

October 1 marks the start of the 2019 fundraising year, and soon you will receive your annual dues reminder in the mail. Please renew your membership by mail, online or by emailing Emily Downing or calling her at 206-987-6833.

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