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March 2012

In this issue:


Recipe Corner

In Loving Memory


Extending our Hand to New Families

Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

Teen and young adult (TYA) news

Childhood Cancer Action Days  


Hospital Lunch - Thanks Rocky Rococo for sponsoring our February lunch and the  Brickhouse Massage and Coffee Bar for providing much needed stress relief!


March 20 - Family Support Night at Sacred Heart 



March 21  - Knoontime Knutty Knitters - contact Judy for updates and verification


March29 - 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 



In Loving Memory


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

Sadly we say goodbye to Robin Pope Burdick.  Robin was 16 years old and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in July of 2010. To her parents, Jane and Jeff, husband Andrew, and all who knew and loved her, we offer our heartfelt condolences. Robin was a shining example of how to live life to the fullest until it was time to leave. 

Parent Bereavement Retreat "A Fine Thread of Hope"

A Healing Retreat for Bereaved Parents.

We still have room if you would like to attend. Email:

March 23rd - 25th at St. Joseph's Family Center.

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



Extending our Hand to New Families


At nearly two years old, Mariah was diangosed this past year with Wilms tumor. Mariah love Nemo, coloring, playing with dolls, animals, and legos. Mariah lives in Coeur d'Alene with her parents and seven siblings.


Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

2012 Family Support Night

Typically 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 - TUESDAY March 20

Interactive Guided Imagery with special guest Tess Taft MSW, LICSW


What is Interactive Guided Imagery?

IGI is a unique form of Guided Imagery taught by The Academy for Guided Imagery in Mill Valley, CA. This form of imagery facilitates a guided journey inside ourselves to communicate with an image. It offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience the mind—heart—body—soul connection.



Using this tool, we can safely explore symptoms like pain, insomnia, and the physical symptoms of stress as well as evoke inner resources such as trust, guidance, faith, peace, and love. This tool can also be used during difficult times in our lives, such as when we are facing illness, surgery, bereavement, divorce, etc.


Tess Taft msw, licsw, is an oncology psychotherapist who has provided therapy to cancer patients and their loved ones in hospitals, cancer clinics, homes, nursing homes, hospice houses and private practice settings for 33 years. She received her MSW from The University of Washington in 1979 and was certified as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1981. She has worked with Cancer Care Northwest for 18 years as an oncology psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and as Manager of the Oncology Counseling and Stress Management Department. She teaches a Palliative Care certification program for MSW students at EWU, comprised of three classes all of which include a focus on the meaning and impact of illness upon families, and on the experiences that create our sense of purpose: Family Systems and Illness, Death and Dying, and Alternatives in Healing. Tess is a certified specialist in Interactive Guided Imagery and uses this tool in her clinical practice to help her clients alleviate symptoms of stress, pain, and grief, to prepare for surgery and bone marrow transplantation, and to explore inner wisdom and faith. She provides clinical supervision to MSW therapists in Spokane and manages a small private practice. Since 1974 she has loved her work serving people whose life-threatening diagnosis (or that of a love) has propelled them on a journey inside themselves to find emotional and spiritual healing and wholeness.


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


or to Maggie, Kim, or Nettie



Teen and young adult (TYA) news

Join the teens on Tuesday March 20 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

Childhood Cancer Action Days



Save the Date for Childhood Cancer Action Days

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

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