Children’s Village turns 20: Let’s celebrate!

The public is invited to come help celebrate Children’s Village’s 20th anniversary! The Village is hosting a day of events on Saturday, Oct. 14, in honor of two decades of serving children with special health-care needs and their families, all in a welcoming place that unites over 30 specialty care services under one colorful roof.

• 10-11 a.m. The Buddy Walk
The Buddy Walk, which celebrates people with Down syndrome, kicks off the day’s festivities. It’s an easy walk around the Children’s Village campus. There will also be information and entertainment. Children and those with special needs will receive a Buddy Walk medal when they finish the walk. Registration is $10 for an individual, $25 for teams under 10, and $50 for teams of 11 or more participants.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Community Celebration
Join us for our community celebration featuring treats and fun activities, including opportunities to experience adaptive and therapeutic bikes, trikes and other outdoor sports equipment provided by the nonprofit Outdoors for All. Each piece of equipment has been specially designed for people with disabilities.

• Also, on Friday, Oct. 20, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., it’s the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon
Children’s Miracle Network is partnering with NewsTalk KIT 1280 to raise funds for children. The goal is to raise $20,000 in honor of the anniversary. Tune in to make your pledge and to hear stories about local families who have been helped through care at Children’s Village.

Children’s Village is located at 3801 Kern Road.

About Children’s Village
As a collaboration between Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Virginia Mason Memorial, Comprehensive Healthcare and The Memorial Foundation, the Village provides medical, dental, and behavioral services to children from birth to 18 with special health care needs such as autism and Down syndrome. Also offered are peer support groups for parents and siblings, team sports and social events.

Through its unique blend of services, the Village has helped thousands of children live fuller, more independent lives. In 2016, the Village served nearly 5,000 children with special needs, five times as many as were served in 1998, the first full year it was open.

Find out more at yakimachildrensvillage.org.

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