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October 2012

In this issue:


In Loving Memory


Membership and Community News

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - September

ACCOIN Board Elections RESULTS  


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Extending our Hand to New Families

Halloween Party at Bumpers

Ouchies Bandage Art Contest

Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

Sacred Heart Pediatric Palliative Care Conference 2012

Words of Wisdom from our Members


Hospital Lunch - Last Thursday of the month.


October 26Bridging the Gap in Pediatric Palliative Care


October 28 - Halloween Party at Bumpers Family Fun Center


November 17 - SAVE THE DATE: Bereaved Parents Lunch


December 1 - SAVE THE DATE: Annual Christmas Party/Reunion

In Loving Memory


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


Sadly, Ryan was only 8 and 1/2 months old and passed away from a rhabdoid tumor within a month of being diagnosed. Our hearts are with Ryan's family: Parents - Heather and Travis, and sisters Brittney, Kendra, and Taylere.


Save the Date

Bereaved Parents Gathering

November 17, 2012.

Information will be emailed for our quarterly lunch once we have secured a location. The approaching holidays can be an even more difficult time when living with the loss of a child.


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An email  notice was sent out inviting families to enjoy a free evening with the EWU woman's volleyball team at their home games. Let us know if you and your family are interested in a free fun night out getting the VIP treatment. Click here for EWU Eagle Experience information and available dates.



Membership and Community News

Avista is having a free Energy Fair on Thursday, November 8th. There will be lots of information that could help save money, apply for assistance, and activities for the kids. Click here for the Avista Energy Fair Information.

Send your stories, tips, recommendations, trips, weddings, graduations, events, ~ anything you would like to share to:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - September

Thank you to all who participated and/or encouraged others to participate to raise awareness and funds to support local programs.


We cannot do it without you.


We ended the month with our Candle Light Vigil at the Glover Mansion. Thank you to The Glover Mansion, and our speakers, Margaret Kobylus, MC; Kristi Allen, parent speaker; Carissa Outen, survivor;  Mary Anne Ruddis, bereaved parents, Mayor Condon, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation; Emily Mason, Sacred Heart Nurse Manager.


Click here for photos on our facebook page.


Contact us with comments or to learn ways to get involved.

or call 509-443-4162.

ACCOIN Board Elections RESULTS


Board Elections Results:


Christine Burge

Tina Buringa

Peg Callahan

Missy Gores

Connie Hill-Bunch

Margaret Kobylus

Stacy Lavin

Lori Rodriguez

Mary Anne Ruddis

Brian Snyders

Eddie Wood


Thank you to all who returned ballots. The board is a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that kids don't fight cancer alone. Click Here for Board Member Profiles.


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Extending our Hand to New Families

Kaley was diagnosed with a Spinal Tumor in March and is seven years old. Mom is Kendra and dad is Thomas; she has one brother, Elijah. She is from Missoula, MT and loves dancing, swimming, hiking, and playing her Nintendo DS.


One-year old Sebastian was diagnosed with Astrocytoma in April. He lives with mom, JoSann, and dad, Nolan, in Hayden, ID. He has one brother, Quentin, and loves being outside.


In June, two-year old Georgia was diagnosed with Leukemia. Georgia lives with mom Kerry in Stevensville, MT. She has three brothers: Desmond, Jayden, and Javon. Georgia loves beading and coloring.


Samantha was diagnosed with Wilms Tumor in June and is four years old. Dad is Chris, mom is Audrey, and she has a brother, Alexander, and sister, Isabelle. Samantha loves princesses, especially Cinderella, and ponies and elephants.


Jackson is two years old and was diagnosed with Ependymoma in July. Mom is Nichole and dad is Tom. He enjoys riding bikes, playing outside, reading books, and loves animals. Jackson has one sister, Abby, and one brother, Drew.


In July, two year old Sakima was diagnosed with Hepatablastoma. Mom is Pamela and dad is Skyler and they live in Spokane. Sakima likes just about everything.


Fourteen-year old Dylan from Pinehurst, ID was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in August. Mom is Sarah and dad is Jeff. Dylan has a brother, Justin, and likes fishing, hunting, sports, and archery.


Emma Jo was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) in August. At 2 years old, Emma Jo likes reading, stroller rides, and all things musical. Mom is Brittany and they are from Kennewick.


Ten year old Jonah from Moscow, ID was diagnosed with Leukemia in August. He lives with his mom, Hannah, and dad, Jason as well as his three brothers, Jude, Paul, and Asaph. Jonah enjoys baseball, basketball, reading, and the piano.


Cole is six years old and was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in September. Mom is Cecile and dad is Cole. He has a sister, Alyssa, a brother, Kadence, and loves playing outside, playing with legos, and going to school.


In September, 14-year old Ryan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ryan lives with mom, Stephanie, and dad, Krisler, in Sandpoint, ID. He has two sisters, Ellinor and Ashley, and likes activities like soccer and skiing and also enjoys nature and art.


Please stop by our office, call 509-474-2759 or 509-443-4162, or email:


Halloween Party at Bumpers

Frrrrreaky Family Fun Night


Bumpers Fun Center, Northtown Mall



Sunday, October 28th, 2012

from   4:30 – 7:00pm


Join us for Pool, Bowling, Bumper Cars, Kiddie Train, Video Games, Mini-Golf, and seasonal surprises...


COSTUME CONTEST -with prizes!


Pizza, Pop, & Treats provided!

This is a private party with extra sanitizing measures taken –in-treatment families encouraged!

All ages welcome!!!!


Please RSVP by October 23rd to Christine Burge at (509) 263.8273 or ACCO Office at (509) 474.7159


Ouchies Bandage Art Contest


Help in the fight against Pediatric Cancer with ACCO and Ouchies For Others

Click Here for information to learn how to enter. All submissions are due by November 6, 2012.

Ouchies Online

Family Night at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital

Click here for complete details:

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.*


Join us TUESDAY October 16, 2012


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 October Group Topic - open discussion


RSVP is requested to plan for food: 509-443-4162


or to Maggie, Kim, or Nettie



Sacred Heart Pediatric Palliative Care Conference 2012

Bridging the Gaps in Pediatric Palliative Care:

October 26th ~ Gather with health care professionals and help further the communication between families and hospital caregivers.


Click here for the FLYER.


For more information contact Krista Robak at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital Sunflower Program.


There is not cost for Parents and Caregivers to attend. Help open the lines of communication between everyone involved in your child's care.

Words of Wisdom from our Members

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We are in the process of creating a new resource for our Family Comfort Care Kits. We began gathering information at our last Parent Group and are continuing to collect information.

  • If you could speak to yourself in the first few weeks after your child was diagnosed, what would you say?
  • What words of experience could you pass along to new families to help smooth a rough road?

As you know, we are a parent-to-parent group and it is through mutual support that we can help others by sharing our unique perspectives. We welcome submissions from all parents.

Email: with your hard earned wisdom.


We are also creating a Parent-to-Parent contact list. Are interested in being a parent mentor to new families? Email for details. 


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