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About the Mary Bridge Milestone Bell
Patty Tabet Ferguson’s idea for a bell that children could ring in celebration of a medical milestone was inspired by the theme she selected for last year’s Festival of Trees, Bells Will Be Ringing. Patty has supported the Festival as a tree designer, committee member and donor for many years and served as chair (aka Queen) of the entire Festival of Trees in 2013.
Naming rights for the following year will be auctioned at the annual Festival of Trees Gala. This year, the bell has been named in loving memory of James K. Pease by his daughters and their husbands, Karen Pease and Bob Barlow and Patty and Joe Candiotta.
The bell is a bronze sculpture created by Tom Torrens, a well-know local artist. The sculpture and accompanying plaque was placed in the Mary Baker Russell Rose Garden and rung for the first time by Damonick Kunz, a seven-year-old cancer survivor, on April 4, 2014 – exactly one year to the day that he was first diagnosed with bone cancer. In addition to expertly ringing the bell, Damonick proved equally adept at serving punch and cookies to the many people who were there to celebrate with him.
May the Mary Bridge Milestone Bell ring loudly and often!
Sisters say thanks to Mary Bridge
|Payton Allen was a baby when she first met pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Dale Hall. This month, she reunited with Dr. Hall and his wife, Susie.
A girl who needed heart surgery as a baby is now 12 years old, and she’s giving back to the hospital that saved her life.
Since she was 5 years old, Payton Allen and her sister Samantha have raised money to help other young patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. They've raised more than $65,000 over the past seven years.
“I keep fundraising because you can see how much it really makes a difference and how important it is to the hospital,” Payton said during a visit this month to Mary Bridge from her home in Texas. “Without donations the hospital wouldn’t be where it is today and saving so many lives.”
Payton stopped by Mary Bridge to drop off this year’s donation, and to reunite with her pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Dale Hall, and his wife, Susie.
“Dr. Hall and his team touched Payton's heart in more ways than one,” the Allen family writes on their website, Our Hearts Joined.
“Dr. Hall literally touched Payton's heart during two surgeries, but he also touched her heart and the hearts of her family by being so much more than just her surgeon. Dr. Hall and his team cared for the entire family during Payton's first 7 months of life and now it is time for our family to touch the hearts of other children at Mary Bridge.”
Their donations support the Dr. Dale and Susie Hall Art Cart, Tree House: A Place for Families, and a fund that gives to "Where The Need is Greatest" at Mary Bridge.
In 2009, Payton and Samantha's work was honored at the Mary Bridge Heroes Golden Rocking Chair Youth Award at the Mary Bridge Festival of Trees.
During one of Patyon's return visits to Mary Bridge, the parent of a young patient who needed surgery told her, "You give me hope."
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Northwest Corks & Crush
May 17 in Puyallup
Wining, dining and a lively auction for a compelling cause: the kids who come to Good Samaritan's Childrens Therapy Unit to discover their possibilities. Learn more
Roman Meal Sound to Narrows
June 14 in Tacoma
The classic 12K run that has been a community tradition for over 40 years! The run/walk encourages family fitness and raises funds for MultiCare's Center for Healthy Living. Learn more
July 18 in Orting
Tee up for the CTU! Whack a ball; be a little wacky. This imaginative golf tournament supports kids with special needs through Good Samaritan Hospital's Children's Therapy Unit.
Alaska Airlines Courage Classic
August 2-4 around the Cascades
Snoqualmie Pass, Blewitt Pass and Stevens Pass: This not-for-wimps bicycle ride is famous for elevation and amazing food stops! Cyclists are pedaling for the kids who are served by the Child Abuse Intervention Department at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Learn More
Rock the Foundation
September 19 in Tacoma
Yet to be revealed: Who will be the headliner? What MultiCare cause will it benefit? Stay tuned! Learn more
Come Walk With Me
October 4 in Sumner, Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World
Put on your pink and walk for all the women in your life. This festive 5K is all about saving "The Girls" through breast health programs at Good Samaritan Hospital. Learn more
Festival of Trees
December 4-7 at Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
60 gorgeous trees, 40,000 volunteer hours! Several days of special events raise funds for Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Tree House: A Place for Families. Learn more