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Fun is THIS Important

May 2011

In this issue:

From the Director


Volunteer Opportunities

Donate Online

ACCOIN Family News

Summer Party Fun is Just Around the Corner

Get your team together for the 14th Annual Deer Park Ladies Golf Club Benefit

2ND Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk is scheduled for August 27

National News

Thanks and Accolades

2011 Washington State Karate Championships - Another successful year.

Wish List

From the Director

Hearing the words, “your child has cancer” alters life quickly and dramatically. Amidst the scrambling to find a new balance, the last thing that we look for is play. And yet, as seasoned parents of children with cancer know, play is one of the most important tools in their tool belt.


Child-life therapists build a career on the importance and power of play to bring comfort to the weary and ravaged faces of children undergoing extreme treatments and procedures. What we sometimes miss is that weary and ravaged parents need to play also.


Dr. Stuart Brown in his book “Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul” describes how play “eases our burdens… renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.”


For most of us, in our everyday lives, "play" feels like a waste of time. When reeling from a childhood cancer diagnosis, treatments, and appointment schedules, time is the very thing that we cannot afford to waste.


And yet to not just endure but thrive for the long-term, we desperately need to ease our burdens, renew our optimism, and open up to new ways of living. "[Play] is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition.”


ACCOIN provides free family fun events for families to not only connect with each other, but to play.


It is that important.


Mary Anne Ruddis


Hospital Lunch - Thanks Pizza Rita and BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar


General Meetings - have been moved to the fourth Tuesday of the month. at 6:00 at Sacred Heart Childrens Hospital.


May 18th - Family Support Night


May 22 - Bumpers Family Fun Night


June 12 - Deer Park Ladies Golf Club Benefit Tournament


June 19 - River Rafting Family Event


July 23 -Family Summer Party and Picnic


July 23 - Inland Empire Motorcycle Coalition Ride to benefit kids with cancer


August 13 - Josh Ashby Memorial Shoot


December 3 - SAVE THE DATE Annual Christmas Party/Reunion

Volunteer Opportunities

May 22 -Bumpers

June 19 - River Rafting 

July 23rd Summer Party

August 27 Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk

SEPTEMBER 2011 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Check our Volunteer Page for details

Donate Online

Click here to donate on-line.

Mail: American Childhood Cancer Org Inland NW

P.O. Box 8031

Spokane, WA 99203

ACCOIN Family News

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Educational Assistance

Extending Our Hand to New Families

Family Event at Bumpers

Family Support Night

Family Services

6th Annual River Rafting

Summer Party


In Loving Memory

Summer Party Fun is Just Around the Corner




Benjamin and Elaina at   2010 Summer Party






The Nixon's were visiting family in the Spokane area for Thanksgiving in 2008. Little did they know they would end up here for another 6 weeks after their then six-year-old Elaina was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor.


When Elaina was diagnosed at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, her family decided to remain in Spokane for her first phase of treatment since this is where they had family support.


After going home, Elaina had surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma and continued her scheduled chemo and treatment over there – for the most part. On a weekend trip to Spokane to attend the Great Strides CF Walk, (Elaina also has Cystic Fibrosis.), she ended up back at Sacred Heart and was admitted for a week. Everyone joked that if she missed all the nurses and doctors that much (and they really ARE that lovable), she could've just visited instead of getting admitted to the hospital.


Elaina finished treatment in the summer of 2009 and had her central line removed that September just in time for her Make-A-Wish trip to Florida to swim with the dolphins. Everything continues to check out clear with all her CT scans. Since she also had radiation to her abdomen and lungs, she continues to be monitored to see how the treatment will have affected her respiratory function and her Cystic Fibrosis.


We recently heard from Elaina’s mom, Samantha: “I wanted to send a quick note to say that we have enjoyed being able to attend a few ACCOIN events since we moved back to Spokane in the summer. Both Elaina and her brother had a blast at the Summer Family Picnic and the Bumpers Family Night. [Our next Bumpers Family Night is May 22.] I wanted to share with you a picture of them that we took at last year’s summer picnic. …[It] really captured the joy that was evident in both of them that day. Also, we really appreciate you sending a card for the siblings' birthdays with the Happy Meal card. It means so much to my son and he is ecstatic to make a special trip to McDonalds. Thanks for all you do!”


Our family events are a place to relieve stress, have much needed fun, and for families to connect with other families in a relaxed setting.


Our 2011 Summer Party is scheduled for July 23rd. If you would like to be involved in creating these smiles through sponsorship or volunteering, please contact our Summer Party chairperson, Elaine Williams at or call the office at 509-443-4162.


Our plan this year is to create a carnival. Check our website for updates as plans come together.

Get your team together for the 14th Annual Deer Park Ladies Golf Club Benefit

Four person mixed scramble. Men and women mixed teams.


Get ready for some fun with lots of great prizes and helping out a great cause! 

The Deer Park Ladies Golf Club has raised over $56,000 for the American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest (formerly Candlelighters of the Inland Northwest) since 2004.


Thank you to all who continue to support the youngest cancer patients in the Inland Northwest!

Get your team together before it fills up: Team Registration Form

Sponsorship Opportunities Form


2ND Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk is scheduled for August 27

Clayton and Shelly Schneider are kicking off September 2011 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with the second annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk that they founded last year. Just before the walk, Clayton relapsed and began treatments again. He is still in treatment and his mom is still determined to bring awareness to all childhood cancer patients.


We hope you'll join us as a walker or sponsor and help local families living with childhood cancer.


Sponsorship Opportunities


Walk Information Page

Walk form will be available soon


Childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of children in the United States.

National News

From 5/16 - 5/30 Like and Share



Consider a Pjammin fundraiser at your school or office for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. Funds benefit local children when you designate our affiliate AND research.

Thanks and Accolades

We are a community based organization and we want to thank our community for the AMAZING support for kids with cancer in the Inland Northwest. We represent families who struggle with some incredibly challenging and sometimes crushing circumstances. Your care and concern make all the difference!

2011 Washington State Karate Championships - Another successful year.

2011 Washington State

Karate Championships.

Thank you

Warhorse Martial Arts

This year's tournament on April 30 raised $2146.50 for kids with cancer in the Inland Northwest.

 This brings the five year total to nearly $39,000.00.

Thank you to Ring Sponsors:

Farmers Insurance (Rose Wardian and Daryl Lewsader)

Simonds Dental Group of Liberty Lake

Oral Surgery Plus

Zeman Home Centers Inc

H & R Block Post Falls

Inland Imaging

AAA Sweeping


Thanks Warhorse Charitable Foundation for positively impacting children through martial arts.

Wish List

Wish List Items

Thanks Dr. Judy for the Paper Shredder!

American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest • PO Box 8031 • Spokane • WA • 99203
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