I know the audio is bad, but this is basically what Kelly is saying in the video: Finding out you have a child with a disability can be terrifying. The costs begin to overwhelm you, the number of specialists and appointments can seem endless, so every dollar raised helps to ease a bit of stress.

"That's $200 a week that I don't have to worry about, she can just focus on her health It doesn't include the orthotics she needed to go through to walk and play, she's going to see a gastric specialist here in town which means I don't have to drive to Spokane or Seattle. The money that's raised here goes to families just like mine, families that just need help. Families that are scared and are just finding out that their baby has an extra chromosome and don't even know what that means, you are helping them. All the money raised makes such a HUGE difference."

And it truly does. 2019 was a record-breaking year with over half a million dollars raised, Costco being a HUGE contributor with over $143,000. It was my pleasure to assist with the sound this past Saturday morning as the torch was passed from the amazing Fransisco, 2019's CMN child to Lily this year. Even the Mr. Davis and Mr. Ike candidates woke up early to support.

What's coming up that you could be a part of?

  • National Pancake Day
    Date: Feb. 25
    Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Location: IHOP restaurants (Ellensburg and the Tri-Cities) and the Café at Virginia Mason Memorial, 2711 Tieton Drive. Free short stack of pancakes in exchange for a donation to Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Mr. East Valley Provisions Restaurant Takeover
    Date: Feb. 25
    Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
    Location: Provisions, 2710 Terrace Heights Drive.
    Support the East Valley seniors competing for Mr. East Valley at their restaurant takeover of Provisions. Proceeds from the Mr. East Valley menu supports vital funds and awareness for children’s health care services at Virginia Mason Memorial through Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Mr. Wapato Hop Town Pizza Restaurant Takeover
    Date: Feb. 26
    Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Location: Hop Town Pizza, 2560 Donald Wapato Road, Wapato.
    Support the Wapato seniors competing for Mr. Wapato at their restaurant takeover of Hop Town Pizza. Proceeds from the Mr. Wapato menu support vital funds and awareness for children’s health care services at Virginia Mason Memorial through Children’s Miracle Network.
  • Mr. Davis Pageant
    Date: Feb. 27
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: A.C. Davis High School
    Cost: $5 at the door.
    Twelve Davis High School seniors are competing to be crowned Mr. Davis, while raising vital funds and awareness for children’s health care services at Virginia Mason Memorial through Children’s Miracle Network

One hundred percent of the donations at all these events support more than 12,000 babies and kids across Central Washington cared for annually at Virginia Mason Memorial’s Family Birthplace, NICU, Pediatric Unit and at Children’s Village.

Josh Munson and his team of workers and volunteers do an incredible job keeping everything organized through the year, and I am sure it is the hope of everyone involved that this year is going to be our biggest one yet! Get out there and give back!