Patch is grateful to Lori McDonald, who invited us to attend the Christmas luncheon of the Enumclaw Guild of Seattle's Children's Hospital this year. Scheduling conflicts prevented us from taking her up on her generous offer, but she was kind enough to report to us that the Guild sold 135 tickets for the lunch on Wednesday and raised about $5,200 to benefit the hospital.
The favorite has always been the raffle, she said. The organization was established in 1939 and is still going strong 72 years later!
McDonald further provided us a little history on how the hospital came into existence:
The death of Anna Clise's young son from inflammatory rheumatism in 1898 made her tragically aware of the lack of specialized care for children — and inspired her to take action.
With the help of 23 female friends, Clise established the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to treat these children — most of who would otherwise would have been left to endure pain and disability throughout their lives.
Clise's original vision — to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family's ability to pay — still guides the hospital today.
Children's was ahead of its time at the turn of the 20th century. The same is true at the turn of the 21st century. Many of the physicians are national leaders in their fields, using their skill and experience to discover new cures and deliver the very latest, best treatments available — all part of our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.
Congratulations to the Guild on your continued success in raising both awareness and funds to support the Children's Hospital.