Sasha Kemble
From the HR Department

Seattle Children’s

Sasha Kemble on October 4th, 2011 No Comments

“While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

“While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

You may have seen my post last month about Participating in a Miracle . We set a Verity-wide goal of fundraising to support Credit Unions for Kids and the Children’s Miracle Network, with the funds raised going to support our local hospital, Seattle Children’s Hospital. I’m happy to report that we met –and exceeded– our goal thanks to the generosity of our staff (and several of our members, too! Thank you!).

My colleague Jessica Perschon-Rhodes, with WSECU, is on the board of Credit Unions for Kids, and she’s recently focused her energy on planning a tour of Seattle Children’s. She invited me to come along, and encouraged me to reach out to other Verity friends as well. So that was why, last Tuesday, a small group of my colleagues — among them, Melissa Mutic, Diana Dickerson, Danielle Johnson, and Vivian Valencia — went over to Seattle Children’s to take a tour. Seeing how our fundraising dollars can make a difference is life-changing. Kira Haller, with the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, guided us on our tour.

From the moment you walk in, it doesn’t feel like a hospital. It feels open and friendly. A giant tribal mother and baby orca hang in the atrium. Walking through the halls, if you look up, there are paintings high along the walls for patients being rolled through on stretchers. There are play areas, and comfort rooms for families. Nurses have their own baseball cards for children to collect – allowing deeper connections as they discover “stats” they have in common, such as their favorite color or movie, or even their hometown. In the oncology ward, a row of bikes of all sizes awaits children who would like some activity but need to stay within the hospital.

It is amazing to see what the good folks at Seattle Children’s Hospital are doing – and know that this is true across the nation. It’s not simply about treating the issue that has landed a child in there, but really striving to make this time in their lives as positive as it can be. Child Life Specialists help to support children facing extreme challenges in their life, turning the hospitalization into an experience where development can be encouraged.

What struck me as I was listening to the discussions about what Seattle Children’s is doing – through their focus on medical teams working together for kids and their partnership with Fred Hutchinson and UW Medicine – is that they recognize that cooperation is key. The health care providers work together to really ensure that what they are doing will result in the best possible outcome for those who come through their doors – and they don’t turn away anyone who comes through those doors.

Through cooperation, we can help to support their efforts. Almost everyone has been touched by them in some way – through being a patient, or having a loved one who was a patient. There are so many ways to help what they’re doing. We’re working together to help them through the ways we can, please consider ways you can help, too. Thank you.

Sasha Kemble

Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming). 

An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.

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