NWHH Newsletter – February 2020

Happy February from NWHH!

We spent January getting 2019 all wrapped up, and now February is all about strategy and moving forward! We’ve spent this month sorting through the results of our inaugural Board Strategy Retreat, kicking off planning for Style 2020, and launching new fundraisers and partnerships!

Northwest Hope and Healing Foundation is able to help in a way that few other organizations can – by turning your gifts into grants that can be put immediately into the hands of women and men fighting breast and gynecological cancers.

We provide support with no application form and no hoops to jump through. We turn conversations into needs met because we are here – now.

Thank you for your continued support of NWHH – we can’t wait to share with you what else we’ve been up to this month!

Sincerely,
Your friends at Northwest Hope and Healing

Board of Directors and Executive Director Karyn Blasi
with NWHH Founder, Christine Smith, at our 2020 Board Retreat

Board Strategy Retreat Recap

Northwest Hope and Healing’s Board of Directors and Executive Team gathered over a January weekend for the 2020 Board Retreat to focus on strategic planning for how to better serve our community.

We’re excited to spend this year emphasizing a commitment to growth and to continuing to support even more breast and gynecological cancer patients at Swedish Cancer Institute.

As we look forward to 2020, two major themes we are committed to building this year are community & inclusion. We have an incredible, diverse community of patients and survivors who have been served by Northwest Hope and Healing. This year we plan to celebrate and support even more!

We are committed to creating more space and opportunities for these incredible women and men to come together and celebrate survivorship – and to build that vibrant and optimistic community around those in the midst of their fights.

We’re just getting started and can’t wait for you to come along on this journey with us!

Healing Box Party!

Thank you to our friend, Linda, and the Washington State Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, for hosting a Healing Box Party to assemble comforting gifts to be shared with patients at Swedish Cancer Institute. Learn more about our signature program here!

Thank you Via Lago – This month’s Small Business Supporter!

Thank you to our wonderful friends at Via Lago in Kirkland for partnering with Glassybaby for a fundraiser for Northwest Hope and Healing. $3 from each candle sold last Saturday went to support Northwest Hope and Healing Foundation. We truly appreciate the generous support of our community and local businesses.

Support While you Shop!

NWHH is a part of some passive fundraising programs that you can opt in to so the things you already do can support our mission!
Take a moment to make sure you’re enrolled in them!

Support us on Amazon Smile!

P.S. Check out our new Amazon Healing Box wish list! As you’re shopping, you can toss a few of these items in your cart and support our Healing Box Program with some extra goodies!

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

The Fred Meyer Community Rewards program is an easy way to Shop and Support! Simply follow this link and log into your rewards account (or create one!) and search for Northwest Hope and Healing. Click “enroll” and your purchases will start benefitting NWHH!



First Meeting of the Style ’20 Planning Committee

A couple of weeks ago we kicked off planning for Style 2020! We gathered at Universal Standard in Belltown with a mix of new volunteers and returning members of the 2019 Planning Committee to start getting ready for this year’s event!

The committee meets once a month in person and continues planning activities via weekly phone calls on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. Interested in getting involved? Email info@nwhopeandhealing.org!

Other Ways to Get Involved in the Show!

Are you interested in helping out, but can’t commit the time to be on calls or at meetings? You can still chip in!

  • Attend! Tickets are On Sale Now, Buy yours today!
  • Can’t make the show? You can Support a Model by purchasing a discounted ticket for them to share with friends, family, or other supporters who have been with them on their journey. Follow this link, fill in your information, and select the “Support a Model” option at check out!
  • Are you a member of a Wine Club? Do you have a Champagne Connection? We’re looking for donations of bottles of wine and champagne to be a part of our Live Auction!

Watch this space for other ways to get involved in next month’s newsletter!

SAVE THE DATE FOR
CASHMERE & CAVIAR

Northwest Hope and Healing is partnering with Queen Anne Marketplace for a night of Cashmere & Caviar. 

Join us at Seattle’s first and only Women’s Collaborative
Retail space for a fundraiser for NWHH.
Tickets come with two drinks and a caviar tasting.

Friday April 10, 2020
QA Marketplace
7:00PM -10:00PM

Buy your ticket today!

 

Give Back while you Shop!Next time you make a purchase from Amazon, click here to register with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Northwest Hope & Healing.

 

Get Ready for Northwest Hope & Healing’s Eighteenth Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser

Mark your Calendars for Northwest Hope & Healing’s EIGHTEENTH annual Fashion Show Fundraiser!

Style ’20
Friday June 5, 2020
King Street Ballroom
(website)
255 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

In addition to our exclusive Fashion Show—featuring couture from local boutiques and designers worn by our amazing patient and survivor models—this year’s glamorous event includes wonderful live music, an array of delicious food and beverages, fabulous silent and live auction packages, not to mention amazing raffle prizes… all culminated with our ever-popular after-the-show dance party.

  • 5:30 pm – Cocktail hour and Silent Auction
  • 7:30 pm – Fashion Show
  • 9:00 pm – Dance Party

Tickets Available Soon!

If for some reason you are unable to attend, and/or you are feeling generous, please consider the “Sponsor a Model” option. This enables our models’ friends and family to come cheer them on while they strut the runway.

Make it Easy… Spend the Night!

Between now and Friday, May 15, 2020, take advantage of a special offer to spend the night on-site after the event in a special King Studio Suite by Embassy Suites Hilton. These rooms are first-come, first-served at the following special event pricing (excluding taxes and incidental charges):

Room Type

Single Occupancy

Double Occupancy

Triple Rate

Quad Rate

King Studio Suite

$249.00

$249.00

$269.00

$289.00

Click here to make your reservation >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish Medical Center Talks about Northwest Hope & Healing

Northwest Hope and Healing — A Community Rallying Around Women With Cancer

Originally published on the Swedish Foundation Website

Cancer is challenging enough on its own. For patients struggling to pay everyday expenses while balancing the cost of their medical care, it can compound an already stressful experience.

“Nobody chooses to get cancer,” says Karyn Blasi Hellar, executive director of Northwest Hope & Healing (NWHH) since 2017. “It’s not fair.” She’s heard from women who have lost their jobs and insurance, gone through divorces and even given birth, all while fighting cancer.

That’s why she’s passionate about providing financial relief and support through NWHH for patients undergoing treatment for their breast and gynecological cancers at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Founded in 2000, NWHH has raised more than $1.5 million dollars in the past 20 years to support our Patient Assistance Fund which provides grants to patients in need. Not only that, they also donate comforting items like scarves, tea and comfy slippers which NWHH volunteers assemble into Healing Gift Boxes.

For many NWHH volunteers, the work is personal. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in Washington, and survivors and relatives make up the majority of NWHH’s volunteer force. Whether it’s assembling Healing Gift Boxes or helping at events, they’re supporting women through the financial challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring.

For some patients, the list of worries can feel endless, but a patient assistance grant made possible through NWHH can help cross off one thing, like groceries, utility bills, childcare or parking expenses for frequent hospital visits.

And the benefits go beyond the financial. While the average Patient Assistance Fund grant of $500 won’t solve every problem, just knowing that others care can be a comfort to women during their treatment. “It’s the small acts of kindness that make a big difference to these patients,” says Karyn.

Karyn brings 15 years of experience in breast cancer administration to this role, including managing breast imaging at Swedish where she saw first-hand the impact that cancer could have on patients. She also has an MBA, so she’s uniting her passion for women’s health with her business know-how. As NWHH’s only full-time employee, she’s determined to minimize costs wherever she can, including by working out of her home, rather than renting office space. Her goal is to make every donation and volunteer hour count.

“It’s amazing to see how kind and generous people can be,” she says. “I’m inspired by our community every day.” And thanks to the NWHH community, more than 400 women in the last year alone received help.

NWHH Newsletter – December 2019


NWHH News – December 2019

You Can Change Someone’s Life Today.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day of love and giving. We want to show you how our community has chipped in this year to change the lives of those we serve. They showed us what Northwest Hope and Healing is. Will you join them by making a gift to Northwest Hope and Healing today?

Northwest Hope and Healing is someone remembering a grandmother that they lost to breast cancer – and how much they miss her during the holidays – as they’re donating scarves for healing boxes to brighten a stranger’s day.

It’s a salon closing for a day so the employees can donate their time styling the hair and wigs of patients because they believe that someone feeling beautiful is more important than a paycheck.

It’s clocking off after a long day at the office and rushing to Capitol Hill to spend yet another evening giving time at a fundraiser.

It’s a patient who received a Healing Box asking what she can do to help the next woman who’s sitting in her seat hearing that she, too, has cancer.

It’s being faced with illness and then finding a community that can only see your beauty and power, and who can’t wait to celebrate it with you.

Will you chip in to change a life? 

This #GivingTuesday, join us in coming together to do what we can to help each other. Stand beside someone in the fight of their life this holiday season with a gift to Northwest Hope and Healing.

If just 100 of us make a $50 gift today, we can get patients through the Holiday Season.

Together we can keep a woman from returning home to a cold apartment after chemotherapy.

Together we can stop an eviction notice from hanging on a door.

Together we can give each newly diagnosed patient comfort and kept them company after the devastating news of a diagnosis with the gift of a signature Healing Box.

Together we can make sure a woman gets to her first radiation treatment, on time and ready to fight, with a parking voucher to make a terrifying day a little easier.

Together we can help a new mom buy healthy groceries for the baby she delivered during her battle with cancer. Something so easy for her to afford before cancer derailed her life.

Together we can help a woman buy gifts for her 3-year-old daughter for what might be their last Christmas together.

Make a gift today, and let’s make a difference – together. 

Thank You & Happy Holidays,
The Northwest Hope and Healing Team


 

NWHH Newsletter – November 2019

Northwest Hope & Healing Family and Friends, 
November has been a very busy month for Northwest Hope and Healing! We held our annual Cork Fork Support Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Melrose Market Studios in Capitol Hill on the 7th. Over 130 of our friends and supporters came together to sample delicious wines, ciders, cocktails, and brews from generous local businesses as we celebrated the amazing individuals served by Northwest Hope and Healing. 
Cork Fork Support Keynote Speaker, Jennifer, reminded us of the incredible impact of the gifts given through NWHH on patients as she shared her story of being diagnosed with and battling cancer during her pregnancy. Her story of fight, resilience, and hope is inspiring,
and a heartfelt reminder of the importance of the work we do. 
A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event through donating, volunteering, and attending! We raised over $72,000!

Three Generations of Volunteers! Taylor, her mother JJ, and her grandmother Barbi all came together to volunteer at this year’s event!

A huge thank you to the whole family!

This month, Northwest Hope and Healing was also featured in Swedish Cancer Institute’s Life to the Fullest Blog. Click Here to read the story!

Finally, the wonderful women of Society, A Salon in Sumner spent the month of October fundraising for Northwest Hope and Healing! We just received a donation of $1,386 as a result of their efforts!

We’re so appreciative of their support and would highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the area!

Thank you so much for all you do. Let’s keep changing lives together.

Sincerely,
The NWHH Team

Meet Executive Director,
Karyn Blasi Hellar

Through volunteerism, board membership, and now as the Executive Director, Karyn has been with Northwest Hope and Healing for over 5 years.

Karyn became involved with NWHH when she met Founder, Christine Smith, through her husband, Chip Hellar. She volunteered with the organization and was ultimately asked to join the Board of Directors while working at Swedish Cancer Institute. Karyn served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the NWHH Board of Directors before transitioning to the role of Executive Director nearly three years ago. NWHH has flourished under Karyn’s leadership. Together with an engaged, supportive, and hard-working team of Board Members and Volunteers, Karyn has facilitated astounding growth at NWHH and has developed an extensive network of partnerships in the local community.

The fundamental unfairness of a cancer – and that a diagnosis outside of an individual’s control can derail plans, jobs, financial security, and futures – is what drives Karyn’s passion to do this work. She prides NWHH’s role in supporting patients and in giving them the knowledge that local community isn’t willing to let them face their journey alone. From small boutiques to breweries, and larger corporations to tattoo studios – Karyn has cultivated an environment where everyone pitches in to share love and understanding with local women during trying times in their lives.

When looking to the future of NWHH, Karyn is most excited about the continued growth of the organization and the resulting ability to touch more lives through spreading awareness and helping more patients. Karyn is looking forward to seeing the results of the great momentum built over the last three years.

When asked about her favorite part of the organization – it’s the people!

“Some of the volunteers have become some of my best friends, we have a special, accepting, loving group of women and men who are so inspirational – and we love to have fun!

This is a hard-working group of people, many of which with full-time jobs, and they spend their free time rolling up their sleeves to make a difference. It’s an upbeat, energetic, creative group, and I would love to continue to add more people and more perspectives to the work we do.”

The Seattle Public School Bridges Program is a longtime supporter of Northwest Hope and Healing’s Healing Box Outreach. Volunteers work with Swedish Cancer Institute to assemble Healing Boxes with products generously donated by the community!

With the help of these students, we’re able to make sure that each newly diagnosed patient at Swedish receives a comforting Healing Box as they begin their journey to healing.

Celebrate With Via Lago & Glassybaby!
Head to Via Lago on Saturday, November 23rd from 11am – 4pm129 Lake St S, Kirkland, WA 98033

With Every Glassybaby Purchased,
$3 Will Be Donated To Northwest Hope & Healing.



A couple weeks ago, Executive Director, Karyn, sat on a Workwear Panel at Universal Standard to discuss women in the workplace and dressing for the job you want! Check out more photos of the event below, and shout out to photographer, Jenny Jimenez!

See more photos here!

 

Social Workers and Patients at Swedish Cancer Institute share the meaning of the Healing Baskets and Gift Cards made possible through donations to Northwest Hope and Healing.

Help your network find NWHH

Are you on Social Media?

We’d love for you to share NWHH with your network! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook!

Our Mission

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 20-0799737.

 

Click on the “MAKE A DONATION” button to make a 100%
tax-deductible donation to the Patient Assistance Fund today!

$25 funds one healing basket to let a patient know they are not alone
$50 covers parking and transportation
$150 will pay for one month of utility bills
$250 provides a nourishing grocery grant and alleviates financial strain
$700 will help one patient cover groceries, pharmacy co-pays, or gas for an entire year
$1000 will fund a month of Healing Baskets 

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Instagram

LinkedIn

NW Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, EIN 20-0799737, that provides
child care, meals, transportation, & emergency rent to women receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center.

Please visit our website at www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Our mailing address is:
Northwest Hope & Healing, PO Box 16069, Seattle, WA 98116

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NWHH Newsletter – October 2019

 



CORK | FORK | SUPPORT
November 7,  2019
Melrose Market Studios

There’s one day left to vote for Northwest Hope and Healing to be the beneficiary of Ghostfish Brewing’s October Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness!

Head over to our Facebook Page and VOTE NOW!

Northwest Hope & Healing Family and Friends, 
Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month & thanks for all you do!

On Saturday, October 5th, the amazing artists at Dark Age Tattoo Studio came to work for free. They spent an entire 8-hour day creating tattoo after tattoo and donated the entire fee to Northwest Hope and Healing to support our programs and men and women who are in the fights of their lives. They raised an astounding $5,320 for NWHH!

Starting at 7am, a line of people snaked down the sidewalk even though the studio wouldn’t open until noon. People brought books, chairs, and friends with them. By 2pm, the list was full. We had the opportunity to chat with folks as they waited their turns. Some had never heard of Northwest Hope and Healing Before – but had aunts, grandmothers, mothers, and friends that they thanked us on behalf of. Others have been regulars at Dark Age’s $50 tattoo day since owner, Eric Eye, started the fundraiser 3 years ago.

Check out the News Story on King 5!

Our hearts are so full. Of course the money raised by this event will make such a huge difference in the lives of individuals as they fight cancer and focus on healing, but the love and generosity of the artists at Dark Age makes this amazing event all the more incredible. A huge thank you to participating artists, Jesse Robert, Derek Noble, Eric Eye, Heidi Sandhorst, Erik Jacobsen, Tori Wartooth, Sebastian Mazuera and Derek Live! The donation of an entire day of work to help make the life of a complete stranger a little easier is an incredible gift. Time and time again we’re astounded by amazing people in our community, and this past weekend was an incredible reminder of what wonderful people we in our corner.

Thank you for being in our corner, too.

Sincerely,
The NWHH Team

Edgar Riebe of Captive Eye Media has been a long-time volunteer with Northwest Hope and Healing. He donates his time and professional expertise to shoot and produce the videos you’ve seen at our events. This month, Edgar shares with us a little more about his involvement with NWHH.

How long have you been involved with NWHH? I have been volunteering with NWHH for 9 1/2 years. My first video was for Style ’10, and I have never looked back. 

What got you involved/keeps you involved? After I lost my second parent to cancer I knew I had to get involved somehow with fighting cancer. NWHH was a perfect place to make a difference using my skills in video producing. I keep coming back because I love the work that NWHH does and it feels good knowing you are part of such a wonderful effort to help women in need. 

What are you most excited about for the future of NWHH? I dream of a day where NWHH has to go in a different direction because cancer is cured and nobody has to fight this horrible disease. Until then, I am happy to see NWHH grow and reach more and more women in need. 

What would you tell someone about getting involved in volunteering with us? Do it. Make someone’s difficult battle a little easier. Help others and see how you grow as a person. 

Is there something you’re most proud of in your volunteerism with NWHH? I love when my work moves people, when my video captures the NWHH stories and shares them with the audience. I’m proud to know that I help raise money that helps so many in need. 

Northwest Hope and Healing has been thrilled to receive a ton of community support throughout October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in addition to the Dark Age Tattoo Fundraiser, and we are extremely grateful!

PitchBook Data (pictured above) had a Healing Box Assembly Party.

Windra’s Closet held a LuLaRoe Fundraiser for us.

Impact HUB is having us on October 17th from 11:00am to 2:00pm to share the mission of Northwest Hope and Healing – come join us there!

Philanthropic Education Organization & Sammamish Women Who Care both had us join them for meetings to help us spread the word about what we do.

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Society A Salon has help fundraisers throughout the month to support Northwest Hope and Healing.

A huge thanks to our wonderful community!

Style ’19 Loulay Dinner Winners!

Lucky NWHH Supporters joined Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, for a fine dining experience at Loulay!

Chef in the Hat is a long time supporter of Northwest Hope and Healing and helped us kick off this year’s Live Auction at Style ’19 with this generous donation!  Supporters Mike and Kim, Lynn and Mike, Debbie and Mick, and Stef and Darrin joined Chef Thierry for this delicious and memorable event!

NWHH Yacht Ride!

Some lucky auction winners on a NWHH Yacht Ride they won at Style ’19! Thanks to our generous donors and winners!

YOGA FOR CANCER
PATIENTS & SURVIVORS

 

This month, fabulous NWHH Volunteer & Supporter, Katherine Boury, will be teaching a new yoga4cancer class at the Ballard Health Club every Saturday at 4:00 pm starting October 5th.

This class will be free to all cancer patients and survivors and you don’t have to be a member to attend. If you are not a member, just bring your ID to the first class to register.

Click here to learn more!

Check out her story on My Ballard Blog!

YOU CAN HELP, TOO!

We’re looking for Raffle Items for CORK | FORK | SUPPORT. 

Raffle packages can be anything! Home decor, favorite beverages, gift cards, experiences… Do you have connections with local businesses? Or maybe something you can donate yourself! If you would like to contribute something to our Raffle, please contact us at: info@nwhopeandhealing.org.

 

Give Back while you Shop!

Next time you make a purchase from Amazon, click here to register with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Northwest Hope & Healing.

 

Social Workers and Patients at Swedish Cancer Institute share the meaning of the Healing Baskets and Gift Cards made possible through donations to Northwest Hope and Healing.

We hope you can join the Northwest Hope and Healing Community for our Fall Fundraiser, CORK FORK SUPPORT 2019!
We love any chance to get together and celebrate with YOU!

We are pleased to welcome this year’s CORK | FORK | SUPPORT pourers:

Help your network find NWHH

Are you on Social Media?

We’d love for you to share NWHH with your network! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook!

Our Mission

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 20-0799737.

 

Click on the “MAKE A DONATION” button to make a 100%
tax-deductible donation to the Patient Assistance Fund today!

$25 funds one healing basket to let a patient know they are not alone
$50 covers parking and transportation
$150 will pay for one month of utility bills
$250 provides a nourishing grocery grant and alleviates financial strain
$700 will help one patient cover groceries, pharmacy co-pays, or gas for an entire year
$1000 will fund a month of Healing Baskets 

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Instagram

LinkedIn

NW Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, EIN 20-0799737, that provides
child care, meals, transportation, & emergency rent to women receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center.

Please visit our website at www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Our mailing address is:
Northwest Hope & Healing, PO Box 16069, Seattle, WA 98116

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NWHH Newsletter – September 2019

 



CORK | FORK | SUPPORT
November 7,  2019
Melrose Market Studios

Northwest Hope & Healing Family and Friends, 
This past month, we elected a new President of our Board of Directors. Those of you who joined us at the fashion show might remember her as she stood up following our Keynote Speaker, Courtney’s address – recognized for being the Oncologist who helped to save Courtney’s life.

Whether you know her as a doctor, volunteer, lifesaver, or dear friend – or you’re just getting to know her for the first time, – we’re thrilled to introduce our new Board President, Dr. Tanya Wahl!

We’re also excited to share more with you about our upcoming fundraiser, Cork Fork Support. Our annual wine tasting fundraiser will be at Melrose Market on November 7th – and this year will feature more than just wine! Read on for more details about the fabulous pourers who will be featured at this year’s event.

We’re also excited to highlight another upcoming fundraiser – a tattoo benefit with Dark Age Tattoo. On October 5th, Dark Age will be hosting a $50 tattoo day fundraiser on October 5th with all of the proceeds going to support Northwest Hope and Healing! Dark Age Tattoo is located at 1205 E. Pike St. #1B Seattle, WA 98122. 

We’re thrilled to have so many opportunities to celebrate and share our mission with philanthropic businesses in the community. Brave stories shared with us by the employees and patrons of these generous shops alike remind us of the countless lives that have been touched through support of Northwest Hope and Healing.  We’re humbled at the thought of all the work there is left to do and know that alongside you, our community, we’ll light the path to hope and healing for so many more.

Thank you – we can’t wait to see you again soon.

Sincerely,
The NWHH Team

A Message from Board President, Dr. Tanya Wahl

Hi, I’m Tanya Wahl, and I’ve recently been elected President of the Board of NWHH, with a two year term ahead of me.

I am a Medical Oncologist at Swedish, practicing at our Issaquah campus. I’ve been in practice for over 16 years now, treating all types of cancer but with a focus on breast and gynecologic cancers in addition to blood cancers. I’m a native of the PNW, born in Portland and moving to Seattle when I was 9. I went to UW for my undergraduate degree, then went to Duke Medical School and then to Stanford University for my Internal Medicine residency. I completed my education by coming home for my Hematology/Oncology fellowship at UW/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Outside of my practice, I have been married for more than 27 years to an amazing man and we have 2 teenage boys who do their best to keep us busy. I love the outdoors and especially masters rowing, which I took up 8 years ago and can’t stay away from despite the shockingly early mornings. I am a voracious reader.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the leadership at NWHH. As an oncologist, I see the financial distress a cancer diagnosis and treatment puts on nearly all of my patients and I am proud of the impact NWHH can make to ease that burden in meaningful ways. It is a well run organization with the vast majority of funds raised going directly to patient assistance. I’m proud of the work we do. We are at a pivotal point in the history of this organization and I am excited to see how we grow in the years ahead.

Sincerely,
Dr. Wahl

MEET JEN!

In this month’s volunteer feature, we sit down for a Q&A with Jen Smiley, Co-Chair of our upcoming Cork Fork Support Wine Tasting fundraiser!

How long have you been involved with NWHH?
I attended the Fashion Show in spring of 2016. The women in the fashion show were so courageous and appreciative of NWH&H, I knew I had to get involved.

What got you involved/keeps you involved? 
My good friend Jennifer Price was already involved with the fall fundraiser, Cork Fork Support, so I volunteered to help her by co-chairing. I’ve been co-chairing this event ever since.  

What are you most excited about for the future of NWHH? This will be my third year co-chairing the Cork Fork Support fall fundraiser and I think it will be better than ever! We’re very lucky to be back at Melrose Market on Thursday, November 7 and we have an even longer list of wonderful wineries, distilleries and breweries joining us for the event. It will be a lot of fun!

What would you tell someone about getting involved in volunteering with us?
This organization helps local women when they are going through a tremendous life challenge. I appreciate that there are organizations like NWH&H who help our local community, especially when they need it most. There are so many ways volunteers can make a positive impact with NWH&H, whether you have a few hours or few weeks to help us. There’s no way we could continue to have such fun and successful fundraising events without the help of our volunteer teams.

Is there something you’re most proud of in your volunteerism with NWHH? I am grateful to be part of such an impactful organization and I hope we’ll have even more attendees at this year’s Cork Fork Support.

YOU CAN HELP, TOO!

We’re looking for Raffle Items for CORK | FORK | SUPPORT. 

Raffle packages can be anything! Home decor, favorite beverages, gift cards, experiences… Do you have connections with local businesses? Or maybe something you can donate yourself! If you would like to contribute something to our Raffle, please contact us at: info@nwhopeandhealing.org.

DARK AGE TATTOO FUNDRAISER!
Our friends at Dark Age Tattoo in Capitol Hill are once again raising money for Northwest Hope and Healing with a $50 Tattoo Day at Dark Age Tattoo!

Saturday October 5th from noon until 8:00pm all of their tattooers will be doing $50 flash tattoos.

This is a benefit, with all of the money that we make going to @nwhopeandhealing to help women who are in treatment for breast and gynecological cancers. This event is also sponsored  by the great folks at @coalitiontattoosupply

Details and flash sheets will be posted soon on their instagram: @darkagetattoostudio.

Learn more about Dark Age Tattoo: https://www.darkagetattoo.com/

 

Give Back while you Shop!

Next time you make a purchase from Amazon, click here to register with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Northwest Hope & Healing.

 

Social Workers and Patients at Swedish Cancer Institute share the meaning of the Healing Baskets and Gift Cards made possible through donations to Northwest Hope and Healing.

We hope you can join the Northwest Hope and Healing Community for our Fall Fundraiser, CORK FORK SUPPORT 2019!
We love any chance to get together and celebrate with YOU!

We are pleased to welcome this year’s CORK | FORK | SUPPORT pourers:

Help your network find NWHH

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We’d love for you to share NWHH with your network! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook!

Our Mission

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 20-0799737.

 

Click on the “MAKE A DONATION” button to make a 100%
tax-deductible donation to the Patient Assistance Fund today!

$25 funds one healing basket to let a patient know they are not alone
$50 covers parking and transportation
$150 will pay for one month of utility bills
$250 provides a nourishing grocery grant and alleviates financial strain
$700 will help one patient cover groceries, pharmacy co-pays, or gas for an entire year
$1000 will fund a month of Healing Baskets 

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NW Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, EIN 20-0799737, that provides
child care, meals, transportation, & emergency rent to women receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center.

Please visit our website at www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Our mailing address is:
Northwest Hope & Healing, PO Box 16069, Seattle, WA 98116

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Thanks for a Successful Cork Fork Support 2019!

Thank you for a wonderful CORK FORK SUPPORT 2019!

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, we had an amazing evening celebrating the work of Northwest Hope and Healing, and our fabulous community.

Friends, colleagues and neighbors came together at Melrose Market Studios on Capitol Hill to enjoy tastes of local wines, cider, brews, and spirits along with delectable hors d’oeuvres, followed by a short inspirational program showcasing NW Hope & Healing’s mission.

We’re thrilled to announce that we raised over $72,000 to support this great work into the Holiday Season and over the next year!

We would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s participants:

Thank you for supporting NW Hope & Healing, for making a difference in cancer patients’ lives and for sharing in our celebration of that work at Cork, Fork, & Support!

#NWHHCorkFork2019

NWHH Newsletter – August 2019

 

BUY YOUR TICKET TODAY!
CORK | FORK | SUPPORT
November 7,  2019
Melrose Market

Northwest Hope & Healing Family and Friends, 
We’re thrilled to share our August Newsletter with you. This month, we are kicking off ticket sales for our Fall Fundraiser – Cork Fork Support! Held annually at Melrose Market in Capitol Hill, this event brings our community together to sip delectable local wines, ciders, and brews, to celebrate the brave patients and amazing team that we work with, and to support creating financial security and a path to healing. Thank you for being a part of this community, and we hope you’ll make it out to celebrate with us this November.

Were are also excited to share a little about some of our fabulous volunteers! We are so grateful for our Board members and volunteers who donate their time and talent in service of our mission.

Finally, we want to share a little more about our Healing Basket Program with you! Scroll on to learn more about how they come together, the wonderful companies and donors who support us, and how you can get involved in helping the patients we serve.

Thank you for being a part of all we do! 

Sincerely,
The NWHH Team

Meet Board Secretary, Lise Thornton!

Lise is employed in the Pharmaceutical industry and has been in the breast cancer arena for 20 years. During her preceptorships with oncologists, she saw first-hand the effects of treatment on patients and knows that the financial difficulties of treatment can be as devastating as the disease itself. Lise has also lost two, very close friends to breast cancer, inspiring her to get more involved in the cause.

Lise was introduced to Northwest Hope and Healing several years ago through Swedish Cancer Institute when she received an invitation to attend Cork Fork Support when it was held at Swedish. She continued to attend the event and then became acquainted with the Executive Director who asked her to volunteer. Lise helped with the Alki Beach 5K run, and with Cork Fork Support, and was invited to formally join NWHH as a member of the board in May of 2017.  Lise currently serves as Board Secretary.  She enjoys her position on the board as she is committed the mission of Northwest Hope and Healing and feels passionate about helping breast and gyn cancer patients.

Lise has also volunteered for Gilda’s Club in the past and has been a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium for over 25 years.   

MEET TAYLOR!

Taylor Richards is a senior at Mercer Island High School who has been volunteering with Northwest Hope and Healing for almost a year now. She first learned about NWHH when her grandmother received a Healing Basket during her treatment for breast cancer. Her grandmother was touched by the gift, and when it came time for Taylor to select her high school community service project, Taylor jumped at the opportunity to work with NWHH Executive Director, Karyn, to organize a Healing Basket Drive.

Taylor expected to have classmates and friends participate in the drive, but turned out inspiring over 75% of families on Mercer Island to donate to the drive – making the community service project hugely successful in supporting NWHH and spreading awareness about the organization. She felt like she was finally able to give back to her grandma and women in the same situation after feeling like she couldn’t do anything to help at all.

Taylor hopes to continue supporting the work of nonprofits in the future and is very passionate about helping others. She’s looking forward to her senior year and heading to college where she plans to major in Business Administration and Nonprofit Management so she can continue working with others to help them. In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, running, traveling, DECA, concerts, and netflix.

When thinking about NWHH, she most looks forward to watching the organization continue to grow tremendously and become an even better-known organization around the Seattle area.

Her advice on volunteering? “I would tell anyone looking at volunteering to absolutely do it! Even if it means getting out of your comfort zone or learning more about an organization that you don’t know too much about it is definitely worth it!”

Our signature Healing Basket program is one of our favorite things that we do at Northwest Hope and Healing – but it takes a village to make them happen. Read on to learn more about what goes into every box we share with patients at Swedish Cancer Institute. 

 

Social Workers and Patients at Swedish Cancer Institute share the meaning of the Healing Baskets and Gift Cards made possible through donations to Northwest Hope and Healing.

We hope you can join the Northwest Hope and Healing Community for our Fall Fundraiser, CORK FORK SUPPORT 2019!
We love any chance to get together and celebrate with YOU!

Help your network find NWHH

Are you on Social Media?

We’d love for you to share NWHH with your network! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook!

Our Mission

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 20-0799737.

 

 

Give Back while you Shop!

Next time you make a purchase from Amazon, click here to register with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Northwest Hope & Healing.

Click on the “MAKE A DONATION” button to make a 100%
tax-deductible donation to the Patient Assistance Fund today!

$25 funds one healing basket to let a patient know they are not alone
$50 covers parking and transportation
$150 will pay for one month of utility bills
$250 provides a nourishing grocery grant and alleviates financial strain
$700 will help one patient cover groceries, pharmacy co-pays, or gas for an entire year
$1000 will fund a month of Healing Baskets 

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Instagram

LinkedIn

NW Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, EIN 20-0799737, that provides
child care, meals, transportation, & emergency rent to women receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center.

Please visit our website at www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Our mailing address is:
Northwest Hope & Healing, PO Box 16069, Seattle, WA 98116

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NWHH Newsletter – July 2019

 

SAVE THE DATE!
CORK | FORK | SUPPORT
November 7,  2019
Melrose Market

Northwest Hope & Healing Family and Friends, 
Just as we’re so grateful for when we see some sun this summer, we’re grateful for the amazing support of our family of Northwest Hope and Healing supporters! We’re so proud to announce that through the generous giving of our community, we raised almost $400,000 at this year’s Style ’19 Fashion Fundraiser.

This money will be put directly into the hands of women and men facing breast or gynecological cancer. Their treatment takes them away from their families, lives, and careers – adding financial complexity to their healing process that takes away from a focus on health and recovery.

Your gifts make a difference. Your gift makes ends meet where they wouldn’t before and creates opportunities for healing when they are needed most.

We hope you have a beautiful summer knowing that you’ve made a difference!

Sincerely,
The NWHH Team

Did you miss Style ’19? 

Courtney, our keynote speaker, gave an amazing address about how Northwest Hope and Healing helped her during her treatment. Read on for her story…

December 2017 my world paused…

I heard the words, “You have invasive ductal carcinoma, stage two”! In complete shock. No words a 32-year-old wife, mother of three small children, a daughter, a sister, an auntie or any woman ever wants to hear!

Four weeks prior to this I found a lump. I instantly knew something was NOT right. I called my primary care physician and she did not have any openings for months. I could not wait months! So I went to a walk-in clinic with my two-year-old son in tow, we waited three LONG hours, just so I could get a referral for a mammogram because I was under the age of 40. The doctor said, “you’re too young to have breast cancer, it’s probably just cystic breasts tissue”. She then proceeded to ask more questions…  “Does breast cancer run in your family?” No. “Did you nurse your babies?” Yes. “You had your children young!” she stated.  Yes, 23, 25, and 29.  Okay, so you’re very unlikely to have breast cancer. I demanded a mammogram!

Two weeks later was my first and last mammogram of my life. Once again with my two-year-old son in tow, I went to what was expected to be a 30-minute appointment which turned into 3 LONG hours. The look on my mammographer’s face said it all! I knew something was seriously wrong! I waited five, anxiety ridden, scared to death days to receive a phone call: “You have breast cancer, Courtney.”

What do I do now?! Am I going to die from this? How do I survive to see my children grow up? Where do I seek treatment? We live in a small, rural town in Eastern WA, three hours away from any large treatment facilities. How am I going to tell my husband? How are we going to tell our children? Our family? Our friends? Who’s going to help us? How are my husband and I going to do this together? We own our own business… We can’t afford this?! We are in the middle of building our own home. Fight or flight mode set in I chose to fight the toughest fight of my life!

I hung up the phone…. In a state of shock, I googled best places to be treated in Washington State. Swedish Cancer Institute popped up. I found out I had cancer on a Tuesday and was seen by my oncologist, Dr. Wahl on Thursday. Such a blessing from God! I was introduced to my social worker that day as well. Tricia had a wealth of information and resources. Financially we did not know how we were supposed to make all of this work. Traveling three hours each way for appointments, tests, chemo, radiation, surgeries, paying for child care, on top of all the other financial responsibilities we already had. I mean we were in the thick of it!

Chemo number 6, Tricia came to chat with me, like she had done many times before. She asked how I was feeling, how the kids were doing, how was the house coming along, how are you guys doing financially? I began to explain to her how tough all of this was and during our conversation. She pulled a card out of her pocket and said, “this is a $500 Safeway or Fred Meyer gift card. Use it for groceries or gas. I couldn’t believe it! Northwest Hope and Healing made that possible!

4000 women in WA State alone are diagnosed with breast cancer, EACH YEAR! Because of North West Hope and Healing foundation, women this year, next year and the years to come that are diagnosed with breast or gynecologic cancer will be helped with the same resources, that I was graciously given. During one of the most challenging times of their lives! Thank you, North West Hope and Healing, for helping me and my family during the toughest fight of my life!

I began treatment January 2nd 2018. Six chemo’s every three weeks, traveling 3 hrs. each way, a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, which meant I was under anesthesia for over 8hrs, 30 radiation treatments, ovary and fallopian tube removal and then breast reconstruction. I put my faith in God, the power of prayer is incredible! I put my life in the hands of my amazing team of doctors at Swedish Cancer Institute. I received so much love, support and help from my family and friends, who are all here tonight! Could all of those who have been a part of my journey please stand.

Cancer is not convenient! Not for the person in treatment, not for their spouse, not for their family, not for their friends or anyone who has been touched by cancer. But with the help of North West Hope and Healing women can receive the help they deserve to survive!!!!

My hope is that every dollar given will continue to allow this bell to be rung!

Meet Board of Directors Member,
Amy Murray!

Amy got involved in NWHH through her friend and fellow board member, Lise. After she attended the Fashion Show a few years ago, she fell in love with the organization and the women that it serves.

She loves the opportunity to work with a talented and committed staff and a super fun Board of Directors! When she’s not having a great time with the Board, Amy is a CFO whose career has spanned a multi-office medical practice, scientific research facility, Community Foundation, and multiple Not-for-Profits.

Amy’s favorite part of NWHH is the outreach – and how NWHH is serving more women and their families as organization grows. She finds it fulfilling to help support people helping people.

She loves to cook, travel, and spend time with family friends and her kitties.

A huge thanks to our Style 19 volunteers, staff, and board of directors!
Are you interested in getting in on the Style ’20 fun next year?
Send us a message at info@nwhopeandhealing.org!

Help your network find NWHH

Are you on Social Media?

We’d love for you to share NWHH with your network! Make sure you’re following us on Facebook!

Our Mission

Northwest Hope & Healing was founded by Christine Smith in 2000, roughly 2 months after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The mission she envisioned from the beginning is the same today:  to provide financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Our Patient Assistance Fund provides assistance for everyday living expenses such as child care, groceries, reliable transportation, and emergency rent. Our signature “Healing Boxes” are assembled and delivered, at no charge, to women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer at all Swedish Cancer Institute Campuses.

Northwest Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 20-0799737.

 

 

Give Back while you Shop!

Next time you make a purchase from Amazon, click here to register with Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Northwest Hope & Healing.

Click on the “MAKE A DONATION” button to make a 100%
tax-deductible donation to the Patient Assistance Fund today!

$25 funds one healing basket to let a patient know they are not alone
$50 covers parking and transportation
$150 will pay for one month of utility bills
$250 provides a nourishing grocery grant and alleviates financial strain
$700 will help one patient cover groceries, pharmacy co-pays, or gas for an entire year
$1000 will fund a month of Healing Baskets 

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Instagram

LinkedIn

NW Hope & Healing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, EIN 20-0799737, that provides
child care, meals, transportation, & emergency rent to women receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center.

Please visit our website at www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Our mailing address is:
Northwest Hope & Healing, PO Box 16069, Seattle, WA 98116

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