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Family Newsletter February2012

In this issue:


Recipe Corner


Extending our Hand to New Families

Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

Knutty Knitters

Childhood Cancer Action Days  


Teen and young adult (TYA) news

In Loving Memory


Hospital Lunch - Thanks Leukemia Lymphoma Society for sponsoring our January lunch and the  Brickhouse Massage and Coffee Bar for providing much needed stress relief!


Feburary 15 - Family Support Night at Sacred Heart 


February 29 - Knoontime Knutty Knitters 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


March 8 - Knutty Knitters 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


February 23 - Hosptial Support Lunch


March 23-25 Bereavement Retreat


March 24 - Light the Way Dinner/Auction

Recipe Corner

Sometimes cooking takes a backseat during hospital visits, clinic visits, and busy schedules. If you have a favorite recipe that nourished your family during stressful times, please send it (with a picture if available) to 


Here is a healthy breakfast muffin we found at My Recipes.



  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (about 4 3/4 ounces) $
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar $
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar $
  • 2 tablespoons untoasted wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda $
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt $
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats $
  • 1/3 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup raisins $
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries $
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil $
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten $
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Cooking spray $


  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in oats, dates, raisins, and cranberries. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in boiling water. Let batter stand 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.



Extending our Hand to New Families


Six month old Gabrielle was recently diagnosed with retineoblastoma.


To Garbrielle and the other newly diagnosed families who wish to remain anonymous, we offer you our heartfelt solidarity.

Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

2012 Family support group

The third Wednesday of every month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

*Except March, October, and November we will meet the third Tuesday. Click the link above for dates.*


Families will enjoy a FREE dinner starting at 6:00pm, so get here on time while it's still hot!


Separate support groups will follow from 6:30-7:30 PM

  • Parents and caregivers
  • Patients ages 4-11
  • Siblings ages 4-11
  • Teen patients and siblings together, ages 12-19.

The children's program will consist of therapeutic games and crafts, team building activities, and times for emotional expression.

Teens will have similar opportunities, with that "teen spin" on things to keep it interesting.


Parents Group Topic - February 15

(rescheduled due to cancellation of January meeting)


"Facebook and Your Child's Privacy"

Join Whitworth Professor, Jim McPherson as we explore and discuss media and your child's privacy.


About Jim:  After working for several years as a newspaper reporter, editor and public relations professional, Jim McPherson completed his Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science at Washington State University in 1998. Prior to coming to Whitworth in 2000, he taught a Peace College, a women’s college in Raleigh, N.C. At Whitworth Jim McPherson is an associate professor of communication studies who teaches media criticism, media history, and journalism skills courses.


RSVP is requested to plan for food: 509-474-2759


or to Maggie, Kim, or Nettie



Knutty Knitters

My name is Judy Heaton and my son Arthur has leukemia. He is nearing the end of his treatment and I have knit my way through it.


I love to knit and it calms my nerves, settles my mind and gives me a physical outlet while I sit in clinic or pass time as Arthur was inpatient.


The feel of yarn in my hands and the productivity and outlet of creating something beautiful helps to combat the wasting and suffering of the cancer treatments. I'm glad to be part of the knitting groups in order to be able to knit with other cancer family members and teach people to knit. Knitting is fun, offers time in fellowship and gives nice products to keep or share! I hope you will join us.


Two knitting groups are now being offered each month through the pediatric oncology unit.


2nd Thursday of each month in the out-patient clinic waiting area 7:00 – 9:00 PM


Knoontime Knutty Knitters (NEW!) Typically the 4th Wednesday of the month from 11:30 – 1:30 in the Ronald McDonald House Kitchen on the 3rd floor in-patient unit. February and March will vary. Knitting will be February 29 and March 21st.


All levels of knitters welcome. Supplies will be available for beginners who do not have their own. Instruction provided.

Childhood Cancer Action Days



Save the Date for Childhood Cancer Action Days

Join childhood cancer advocates from across the nation to support our children.


Cancer Moms Coffee has been cancelled. Organizer, Angie Ivey, will be moving East. Best wishes Angie and Lyle. You will be missed.

If any Tri-Cities parents want to take a leadership role in organizing events, please call the office at 509-474-2759.


Teen and young adult (TYA) news

Join the teens on Wednesday Februay 15th at Family Support Night.

If you have any suggestions for teen activities, contact Andrew Lainson Or Abby Lynde

Click here for the  ACCOIN Teengroup Facebook page

In Loving Memory


Our hearts and prayers go out to all families struggling with the loss of their child.

Parent Bereavement Retreat "A Fine Thread of Hope"

A Healing Retreat for Bereaved Parents.

March 23rd - 25th at St. Joseph's Family Center. Information has been sent out. If you did not recieve it, you can click the link above for details.

If you would like to submit a memorial for our newsletter for your child, please email

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