Membership Impact

  • Served over 6,000 family meals to family members staying with patients in the hospital (as of January 2018)

  • 81 volunteers provided over 400+ volunteer hours at AFCH (as of January 2018)

  • Support the annual Tyler's Place Sibling Party each April for siblings of hospitalized patients

  • Host events in the AFCH lobby for patients and families 4 times per year including two festive carnivals with fun games and prizes and two art parties for patients of all ages to create various crafts.

  • Fund important AFCH patient and family support services and programs:

    • Inspiration Beads for neurology patients

    • Bereavement Program - Fund resources and keepsakes (hand or footprint) for families

    • Therapeutic Art Cart

    • Comfort Kits with age-appropriate distraction items for patients

    • Enhanced the services provided at the Positive Image Center

    • Trach Buddies - Provides medical play and support for patients with a tracheostomy

    • Massage Therapy Program - Supports kids with chronic pain or other difficult circumstances who cannot find relief using traditional pharmaceuticals

    • Child Life Program in the Emergency Dept - Provided services to 200+ children in 2016. When a child arrives in the ER dept, they are thrust into an unfamiliar environment which can lead to crying, fussing and tantrums. This fear can make proper treatment a difficult task for providers. Child Life Specialists and their services help make the child and parents' time as stress-free as possible. This leads to better care and treatment of the child.

    • UW Kids Cancer Program - The annual CATCH Fall Ball in November 2017 raised $15,000 for this program supporting a cutting-edge microscope allowing our researchers to be on the forefront of finding a cure for cancer. Learn more #UWKidsCancer

    • Pain Management & Palliative Care Programs - The annual CATCH Fall Ball in November 2018 raised over $22,000 for these programs, crucial for the children facing chronic pain, declining quality of life, and those nearing end-of-life. Insurance and traditional payers of medical expenses typically do not cover much of the cost of these two programs. Learn more here: Pain Management & Palliative Care