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Guilds Are a Powerful Force Against Cancer

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and to celebrate we honor the members of more than 20 guilds who devote their time and attention to pediatric cancer research and are fueling cures for childhood cancer.

Immunotherapy, which has shown early success in treating some cancers, is a priority of It Starts With Yes: The Campaign for Seattle Children’s. So far, guilds have raised nearly $11.4 million, which includes a $5 million pledge from the Guild Association to support Building Care. The campaign’s global impact on kids’ health will include funding for a new research facility essential to accelerating cancer immunotherapy research. Campaign dollars are also critical to building the Cure Factory – what will be the country’s largest state-of-the-art manufacturing center of products used in cancer immunotherapies.

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Say Yes by Becoming a Lifetime Member

Mebie ThompsonA Guild Association Lifetime Membership is another way guild members can say yes to Seattle Children’s mission, according to Mebie Thompson, chair of the Guild Association Membership Committee.

“The hospital has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and this is one way I can express my overall commitment by doing a little bit extra,” says Thompson, who is a third-generation guild member. “We want to do whatever we can to make kids well and keep them healthy.”

As a member of three guilds, Thompson also appreciates the benefits of never having to pay guild dues again.

“When the guild roster goes around, my name is always checked off,” she says with a smile, adding that she and her husband chose the monthly payment plan for lifetime membership, which made it easier to budget for.

Lifetime members can direct their gift to any area of Seattle Children’s, become part of Research Champions if they designate their membership to research, join as many guilds as they like with no renewal notices and receive guild credit for the donation in the Guild Association Annual Report.

Lifetime membership costs $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for couples, with several pay plans available. Payments can be made by check, by card or online. Become a lifetime member today by contacting emailing Emily Downing or calling her at 206-987-6833.

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Guilds Help Fund Pioneering Brain Tumor Study

Dr. Nick VitanzaThrough the It Starts With Yes campaign, guilds are supporting a new Seattle Children’s trial that uses immunotherapy to target brain tumors. In June, Dr. Nick Vitanza of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute launched a first-of-its-kind study to test CAR T-cell therapy in children and young adults with relapsed brain tumors who are not likely to survive with standard treatments. In the trial, the patient’s own CAR T cells are reprogrammed to recognize and target a protein found in many pediatric brain tumors that is not in healthy brain tissue. The reprogrammed cells will then be put back into the patient’s body. Researchers hope to determine if the therapy is safe for children and young adults, the best dose to give and whether T-cell therapy works against brain tumors.

2019 Heartwarming Initiative: Lifting the Spirits of Our Young Adult Patients

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Derailed by leukemia as a sophomore in college, Camille Goodale went through standard chemo treatments, but her cancer returned a year and a half later. After joining a Seattle Children’s CAR T-cell immunotherapy trial and undergoing a bone marrow transplant earlier this year, her cancer is now in remission.

Did you know that 30% of patients served by Seattle Children’s are young adults? Help us bring comfort and joy to this patient population through your support of this year’s Guild Association heartwarming drive. We are looking for items including gift cards from iTunes, Amazon and Target; books; headphones; and bath and beauty gift sets. For more gift ideas, see our official registry.

Give online or drop off new gifts and gift cards at the Guild Association. Or you can mail them for distribution to Emily Downing, M/S S-200, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Email Downing or call her at 206-987-6833. for more information. Thank you for your support!

Bargain Boutiques Update

Bainbridge Island Bargain Boutique volunteersTo kick off its 50th anniversary this summer, the Bainbridge Island Bargain Boutique raised its profile at the island’s Grand Old 4th of July celebration with a parade float featuring Seattle Children’s patients and their families and an It Starts With Yes campaign–themed street fair booth.

“We are so thankful to our 50 volunteers and our loyal customers who all share a passion for Seattle Children’s,” says Robin Denis, Bainbridge Island store manager. “We are all ambassadors for the hospital – when customers have a great store experience and go home with a great product they also feel great knowing that store proceeds benefit uncompensated care.”

“It’s so exciting to be part of island history! We couldn’t run this store without our amazing group of volunteers who are so committed to Seattle Children’s mission,” says Eva Campbell, director, Bargain Boutiques.

The Bainbridge Island store will join all of the Bargain Boutiques in their fall Strong Against Cancer campaign. Over the past 8 years, the stores have collectively raised $200,000 for Strong Against Cancer through special sales events.

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

Leaving a Legacy: Our Yes Is Our Legacy

Legacy gifts support care for future generations of children and help our researchers discover tomorrow’s cures. These gifts are a targeted focus of the It Starts With Yes campaign. We extend a special thank-you to the new Guardians’ Circle members who are helping us advance towards our Guild Association campaign goal of 325 new guild legacy gifts. If you have not already left a legacy, we hope you will join them today! 

Many guild members have included Seattle Children’s in their estate plan but have not yet informed us. Please let us know if you have left the hospital a legacy gift, so we can properly thank you and make sure you are counted toward our campaign goal. Thank you! To leave your legacy, email Andrew Welch or call him at 206-987-0447.

Mary Kay and John Fitzgerald“I am leaving a legacy to Seattle Children’s because it is the right thing to do. We evaluated a lot of choices for legacy giving before we made this decision, and we feel certain this is the right one.”

– Mary Kay Fitzgerald, Genevieve Henry Guild

Jackie Hoggett“I’ve been a guild member for more than 50 years and I am proud to further my lifetime commitment to Seattle Children’s by adding both the Guild Endowment for Uncompensated Care and the Palm Springs Guild/Pearl A. Daniels Endowed Fund for the Journey Program to my will. Please join me because by saying yes – together we do big things.”

– Jackie Hoggett, Palm Springs Guild

Morris and Leslie Groberman“We learned about research at Seattle Children’s while attending our first guild event in 2003. We were immediately hooked and have been saying yes to Seattle Children’s ever since!”

– Morris and Leslie Groberman

Steve and Cynthia Smith“After I became a lifetime member of the Clare Beckett Guild, the next logical step was to leave a legacy to Seattle Children’s. My husband, Steve, and I are happy to play a small role in this amazing organization. In touring several Seattle Children’s facilities, I am awed by the dedication, care and innovation found there. A legacy gift is a great way to ensure this continues!”

– Cynthia Smith


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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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