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Happy New Year of Courage and Hope - January 2012

In this issue:

From the Director


ACCOIN Family News

Volunteers Make our World go Round


Save the Date to Light the Way  

Horizon Middle School Exhibits Community Spirit  

World Cancer Day  

Childhood Cancer Action Days

Thanks and Accolades

First Annual WineSong Event to benefit ACCOIN

Christmas Adopt a Family

Donate Online

Thanks Compass Club for your support

From the Director


A new year typically brings a fresh beginning with renewed hope as we leave the past behind with the flip of a calendar page and look towards an unwritten and mysterious future.


For children with cancer and their families, that renewed hope will require drawing upon a deep well of courage to get through difficult days.


Every day is the beginning of a new year, day one of the next 365, that has the potential to capture that hope and infuse it into our daily life.


Imagine the courage and strength needed when life as we once knew it is interrupted and forever changed. Imagine that it is your child that needs encouragement while you also struggle to find and be a source of hope and inspiration to help them.


We infuse each other with the hope and courage needed for difficult times.


This December, we hosted a community project for students at Horizon Middle School to facilitate a way to strengthen and encourage a recently diagnosed student. This project exemplified the strength and courage that is gained from solidarity and community support.


Families dare to live bravely in an uncertain world - hoping that they will continually find renewal as emotional, financial, and social resources are tapped.


We invite you to join us as we provide hope, encouragement, and solidarity to the youngest of cancer patients and their families.


You can help: Consider hosting a PJammin event, Light the Way with us on March 24, or join us as a volunteer.


May 2012 bring hope, strength, courage, and good health.



Mary Anne Ruddis


Hospital Lunch - Subway, Something Else Deli, and BrickHouse Massage and Coffee Bar


January 18 - Family Support Night


January 25  - Knoontime Knutty Knitters


January 26 - Support Lunch


March 23-25 Bereavement Retreat


March 24 - Light the Way Dinner/Auction

ACCOIN Family News

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Volunteers Make our World go Round


Thanks to Mindi Finch, mom of cancer survivor, Gregory, for coming on board to assist with on-line communication.

Mindi is very active in the childhood cancer community and was one of the 2011 46 Mommas who shaved their head in Washington DC to raise awareness of childhood cancer issues and funds for research.

Mindi has a great deal of on-line savvy and is a much needed and welcome addition to our volunteer staff.


Click here for volunteer information or contact us at 509-443-4162 or 509-474-2759.

Click here for a volunteer application,



Save the Date to Light the Way



Thanks to our Sponsor Sterling Savings Bank

and to Studio H Advertising and Design.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities.

Horizon Middle School Exhibits Community Spirit



In December, we sponsored a very special art project to show community support for student, Mitchell Carbon, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The results were incredible. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.



Thanks to Horizon Middle School staff and parents for taking a proactive approach to strengthen one of their students/friends who needed to summon extraordinary courage for the road ahead. Also, a very special thanks to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital and artist in residence Sironka for leading the project.


If you would like to inquire about a similar project at your school for a student who has been diagnosed with cancer, please call our office at 509-474-2759.

World Cancer Day


World Cancer Day PJammin Events


Saturday February 4th is World Cancer Day 2012. This event is hosted by The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which is comprised of over 300 member organizations in 100 countries across the globe. You can learn more about World Cancer Day at


We are proud to announce that almost 60 PJammin events were held in different places across the U.S.A. on World Cancer Day 2011. Please join us for World Cancer Day 2012 by hosting an event at school or work on Friday, February 3rd or Saturday, February 4th?

Host an event on 2/3/2012 or on 2/4/2012!

PJammin Events can be held at anytime and 60% of the funds raised locally will remain local to help families in our community. The remaining 40% will support research for pediatric cancers. Get started by clicking here World Cancer Day PJammin Events


If you have any questions, please contact us at 509-443-4162 or email us at

Childhood Cancer Action Days

Save the Date for Childhood Cancer Action Days

Join childhood cancer supporters from across the nation in Washington DC to help solve some very difficult problems.

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!

First Annual WineSong Event to benefit ACCOIN

Thanks to everyone who made the 1st WineSong Benefit for the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland NW such a great success!


Our next event is planned for April. Watch for more information.

Christmas Adopt a Family


Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who made the holidays special for 18 childhood cancer families this year.



Born Again Boxes

Bradstreet Family

Bunco Group

Callahan Family

Columbia Bank

Dimensions Salon

Ivey Family


Old Navy

Premera - Claims

Providence Billing Department

Sharis Restaurant Wandermere

Shotzy's Coffee

Sterling Savings - Spokane Main Branch

Sterling Savings - Spokane Valley Branches

Warhorse Karate


 If you or your business would like to sponsor a child with cancer and their family for Christmas in 2012, please contact us at and we will add you to our contact list.


If you are interested in volunteering for this program, contact us at office@accoinlandnw.orgchi

Donate Online

Click here to donate on-line.

 Mail: American Childhood Cancer Org Inland NW

P.O. Box 8031

Spokane, WA 99203


Wish List

Thanks Compass Club for your support

Thank you to The Compass Club of Spokane for gathering donations for kids with cancer and their families over the holiday season.

We were honored to be presented with $625.00 in donations at your January luncheon and appreciate the opportunity to share the impact that you have made on children with cancer in our community.

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