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Bob - I read your article "A New Inconvenient Truth" in Cure magazine tonight on the ferry on my way home from an all-day workshop at Seattle Children's Hospital training me how to clarify messages as a volunteer family consultant. I was in tears and could barely drive. VERY effective writing! For those of us having lived in the "childhood cancer world" we never leave it. Even if our child has survived as mine has, we forever remember those around us who did not. When you are told your child will die without treatment, but the average treatment remains barbaric and 2-5 years long, the choice is one you want to work toward no parent having to experience again!! My goal as a volunteer is to work toward a day where every family is matched with a volunteer parent who provides support and check-ins after diagnosis. The times my daughter came closest to slipping away, our purpose here in this life was made clear to me - we are here to use our energy to benefit and lift others.

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Ultimate Hike for CureSearch

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Would you like to support CureSearch?  How about via my 26 miles with Ultimate Hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in California this November.  I don't live in California, and neither do you need to in order to participate.  Any contributions of money or spirit are greatly appreciated!  If you want to learn more about signing up for Ultimate Hike, you can watch the following video, mention my name when you sign up, and I will receive $100 toward my fundraising goal of…


Healing Outdoors idea - support for caregivers

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 1:17pm 0 Comments

I will soon have a webpage to garner collaboration for a nonprofit I am seeking to establish, called Healing Outdoors.  Healing Outdoors will provide support for caregivers of hospitalized children, starting with pediatric cancer caregivers, because that is the world I know.  My dream is to build this to a caregiver support model for every hospital in the US. 

I learned about this Conscious Business Summit offering seed money to new business ideas, so I submitted an outline of the…


Donations instead of birthday gifts - We Keep Score Guild

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 12:25pm 2 Comments

What a way to pay it forward, girl!

I wanted to share my pride that last month my daughter, Carli, asked for donations to the We Keep Score Guild ( in lieu of her 9th birthday presents. She told me she wanted donations to Seattle Children's Hospital that saved her life, and since she had just received her SCORE card (… Continue

Caregiver Speech for Relay for Life Luminaria Event June 19, 2009

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 7:28pm 2 Comments

Thank each of you for being here. I was asked to speak a bit from a caregiver perspective, but I will start with some background. Many of you here know my family's story.

The day after Thanksgiving 2004, I rushed my 3-year-old daughter to Whidbey General because she was struggling to breathe. This was her 3rd visit to the ER within the month and she was believed to have asthma. This time when a chest x-ray was taken, I was told, "You're going to Children's Hospital." When we arrived… Continue

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At 8:23am on June 3, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,
How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.
Have a nice day.
Bruno Serra.

At 4:18pm on June 17, 2009, Kathi Clarke said…

If you would still like to email me Carli's story, I need it by Friday. Addressed to our lawmakers, her story with photo, including a plea for funding, with name and address.
My email:
Thanks so much.
p.s. You speech for Relay re: caregivers is great. Good job.
At 7:14pm on June 16, 2009, Mikki R. Boyer said…
I think of you often, and also look forward to the day we can meet... and one day return home and share a cup of coffee on the Island together with stories of victory behind us. Syd's big lung (thoracotomy) is this Friday! eeeks... prays for your family and continued healing as well, M.O.M. mom on a mission~mikki~
At 5:35pm on June 4, 2009, Kathi Clarke said…
Hi Erin,
Were you able to make arrangements to go to DC? If not would you like to share Carli's story along with request for more funding? Let me know your thoughts...hope all is well.
At 10:12pm on March 18, 2009, Sandy Barker said…
Hi Erin,
I received you message about the costs of the CureSearch Washington D.C. event. Unfortunately, CureSearch doesn't have the funds to help with the trip. Sometimes organizations such as Candlelighters will help if you are involved in them. I usually look way ahead for cheap airline tickets. I wish it was financially easier for all of us to go because it is expensive on top of the medical bills we have to pay.
Our son was treated at the wonderful Seattle Children's hospital. We love the amazing BMT docs and nurses. I miss everyone there and will someday return for a visit. We spent 1-1/2 years there between Christian's 2 bone marrow transplants.
I will keep your family in my prayers.
Sandy Barker
At 1:06pm on March 15, 2009, Kathi Clarke said…
Hi Erin,
It would be great if you could go to DC! Do you know anyone who travels for work and could donate miles for your flight or hotel? That is how I am able to go. Let me know if I can help....
At 9:59pm on January 25, 2009, Kathi Clarke said…
Hi Erin,
Welcome to PAC2. I have found your site before and also found Carli's dad's site. Actually I put my brother (who is also a pilot) in touch with him. I am glad you have made your way here. We would love to have you join our PAC2 NW group as well as we start on working on our 2009 goals. It sounds like you are doing great things for families at the hospital with the volunteer position...or will as you get started. I look forward to working with you Erin....Thanks for being here.
At 3:09pm on January 21, 2009, Kelly Forebaugh said…
Hi Erin,
Welcome to PAC2. Our paths likely crossed a few years ago at Seattle Children's. (Jackson was on treatment at Children’s from Sept. 2005- March 2006). I'm glad to read that Carli is doing well and thrilled you are here to help.
There is a PAC2 of the Northwest group. I hope you will join us. Here is the link if you want to check it out.
Take care,
Kelly Forebaugh

P.S. If you can, please spread the word to other families about PAC2. We need to keep on growing.
At 2:02pm on January 18, 2009, AJs Dad said…
thanks Erin...parents shaving our heads and kids selling

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