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February 2014 Family Newsletter
In this issue:
Please RSVP to
February 23 - Teen Group Hockey Game compliments of Sterling Bank
February 27 (Last Thursday of the Month) - Hospital Support Lunch.  Thank you Brickhouse Massage and Coffee Bar! Thank you to lunch sponsors (Aug - Jan) Senor Froggy, Olive Garden, Rosa's Pizza, Buckhorn Inn, Tres Fiesta, and Sala Thai.  Be sure to thank them when you stop in.
March 21 - Pillars4Life - (Providence Sacred Heart) On-line Training Course for patients and caregivers in resiliency skills. 
April 24 - Race 2 Place - Registration now open - click here for R2P registration.
May 30 - SAVE THE DATE: Light the Way Dinner and Auction
July 26 - Summer Party - Save the Date
Pillars 4 Life offered by Providence Sacred Heart
Thriving in the Face of Cancer
March 21, 2014
Contact: Lucy Anderson MSW
A free nine-class online course of resiliency skills for patients and caregivers.
In Loving Memory
Our hearts and prayers go out to all families struggling with the loss of their child.
Sadly we say goodbye to:
Marleigh Clarke on December 23, 2013. Marleigh was diagnosed with leukemia October 2012. She was 5years old. Read more here.
Zachary Haines on January 18 2014. Zachary was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December 2012. He was 11 years old. Read more here.
Please keep these families in your hearts during the difficult days ahead. 
Golden Heart Award 2014

Eric Miller, 2013 Recipient
This award is representative of all of the outstanding caregivers who go above and beyond any job description to make the road a bit easier for kids and families.Thank you to the Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Casino for sponsoring the 2013 award.
Official 2014 nomination forms will be available in our office beginning March 1. Entry deadline is March 31. Help us honor the dedicated staff on the front lines.
If you would like to nominate someone early, email with Golden Heart Award  in the subject line. 
Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer and Teen News

Check out this Late FX app to help childhood cancer survivors understand the late effects of their disease and prevention measures that they can use as young adults.
Thank you Sterling Bank
Our teen group will be attending a Chiefs Hockey game in style. Thanks to Sterling Bank for offering your suite for a night of fun for our teen group.
Family Support Night
2014 Family Support Night
Monthly 2nd Wednesday
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Next Meeting
Wednesday February 12
Please RSVP by Monday
(it helps to plan food and rooms)
or 509-474-2759
Help us increase our Facebook "Likes." If you have not already done so, please add our page and share with your friends. 
We also have a closed group for families - ACCOIN Families and Survivors
Extending our Hand to New Families

We extend our hand and support to all families who have heard the words, "your child has cancer."
Samuel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July. At 16, Samuel is a Seahawks fan and likes drama, band, and video games. He is from Lewiston, ID and has 2 sisters and one brother.
Mariah was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in August at the age of 14. Mariah is from Priest River, Idaho and is interested in cheerleading. She has two siblings, a brother and sister.
Holden is 2 years old and was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in August. Holden lives in Athol, Idaho and has one brother and one sister. Holden likes trucks, Sesame Street, and puzzles.
Four year old Isabella was diagnosed with Leukemia in August. Isabella is from Polson, MT and has one sister. She likes playing in the dirt, swimming, colors, and dance.
Levi was diagnosed at thirteen years old with osteosarcoma. He is from Ione, WA and has one brother and one sister. Levi likes video games and computers.
Bryce was diagnosed at three years old this past October with Wilms Tumor. Bryce is from Montana and has one brother. Bryce likes the outdoors, puzzles, cars, Ninja Turtles, and rescue pets.
From Spokane, Elizabeth was diagnosed with leukemia in October. She likes Disney Princesses and has 2 brothers and one sister.
Two-year-old Tyce was diagnosed with leukemia in October. Tyce likes Tinkerbell, horses, Wreck it Ralph, collecting bugs and loves Superheroes. Tyce is from Hayden, ID and has 3 brothers.
Neuroblastoma was the diagnosis for one-year-old Wilah. She is from Kennewick, WA and has three sisters. Wilah likes anything with lights, Daniel Tiger, family, the outdoors, animals, and bath time.
Almost 16, Brayden was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in November. From Spokane, Brayden has a younger brother and sister. She enjoys fast pitch softball, the Seahawks, Thor, and her cell phone.
Kolton was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma in November. Kolton lives in Stevens County with his parents and five siblings.
Damon was diagnosed with leukemia in November. He likes trucks, cars, star wars, helicopters, and planes. Damon is from Pasco and is an only child.
Six-year-old Serina was diagnosed in December with leukemia. She has one sister and lives in Coeur d’Alene. Serina loves coloring, movies and Barbies.
From Spokane, Emily, 6, was recently diagnosed with leukemia. She has two older sisters and enjoys swimming, art and roller skating plus princesses and computer games.
Ten-year-old Eden from Springdale was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December. She has two older sisters and a brother, and loves camping, volleyball, swimming, reading and writing.
To these families and the additional eight who chose not to be listed, know that you are not alone. 
For assistance, please stop by our office, call 509-474-2759 or 509-443-4162, or email:
ACS Report and Commentary moves family centered care to the forefront of the childhood cancer conversation
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has released a special report on childhood cancer and adolescent cancer.
The commentary was written by ACCO’s board member, Dr. Jennifer Cullen PhD, MPH.
Here are the links:
Race 2 Place Registration Open
April 24, 2014
From the Race 2 Place Website:
"Race-2-Place is a fun and scenic 5k/10k run along the shores of the Spokane River, on the Centennial Trail in the Spokane Valley. All proceeds from Race-2-Place go to benefit families in crisis through Parker’s Place - a camp for families who have lost a child to terminal illness, and the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest - whose mission is to help families cope with life during childhood cancer treatments and rebuild their lives after cancer."
Find out how precious Parker Brown inspired this run.
If you'd like to volunteer, find out more here.
Fred Meyer Community Benefits
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest at
You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 93515
As many of you may know, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has discontinued providing camp for children. Read the KREM2 story here.
Camp for children with cancer will continue in the Inland Northwest in new and old ways. There will now be two choices for overnight camping for the kids.
ACS awarded Camp Goodtimes to the YMCA and they will return to Camp Reed – the original home of Camp Goodtimes.
Camp Journey will operate at the most recent location of Camp Goodtimes, Ross Point, and will employee the previous staff. See links below for information on each camp.
Both camps run the resident camp August 3rd – August 9th for 7 – 17 year olds and a day camp for 5 – 7 year olds August 4th – August 7th.
For more information for each camp follow the links:
Additionally, ACCOIN is developing a family day camp chaired by Marilyn Taylor (AKA Marigold.) “Campin’ It Up With ACCOIN” (working name) will operate three times a year.
The experience will be for the entire family: child, siblings, and parents. There will be camp songs and activities for the kids, pampering for parents, and lots of fun. The day camp is part of our Get Acquainted program that lets newly diagnosed families know that they are not alone.
We are still in the planning stages and more information will follow as it becomes available.
Member News
Submitted by the Lien Family:
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is hosting a 5K event in Spokane on May 17th. Volunteers are needed for a successful event. If you would like to join the Lien family and/or have any questions, you can contact Nolan Lien at
Follow the links below for more information:
There is still time to join the Planning Committee for the 2014 event! If you are interested, please fill out your information here. The next BT5K Spokane Committee Call is Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 pm PST. If you have any questions, please contact Alisha at or 773-577-8763
Send your member news to
American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest • PO Box 8031 • Spokane • WA • 99203
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