A Salute to Seattle Children’s Hospital

Salute to Children’s Hospital by Louis Howard


The hospital was founded as the seven-bed Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in 1907  after The death of Anna Clise’s young son from inflammatory rheumatism in 1898 made her tragically aware of the lack of specialized care for children – and inspired her to take action.

With the help of 23 female friends, Clise established the first facility in the Pacific Northwest to treat these children, most of who would otherwise have been left to endure pain and disability throughout their lives.

Clise’s original vision – to care for children regardless of race, religion, gender or a family’s ability to pay – still guides Seattle Children’s today.

Seattle Children’s, formerly Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, formerly Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, is a children’s hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. n 1953, Children’s moved to a new campus in Laurelhurst, east of the University of Washington   In 2016, it was ranked as the 5th best children’s hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report and was ranked #4 in nephrology, #6 in cancer, #5 in neonatology, #13 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, #11 in pulmonology and #9 in neurology and neurosurgery.[1]


Seattle Children’s was ahead of its time at the turn of the 20th century. The same is true at the turn of the 21st century. Many of our physicians are national leaders in their fields, using their skill and experience to discover new cures and deliver the very latest, best treatments available – all part of our mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

In 2014, Seattle Children’s received the largest donation in its history: $73.9M from Jack R. MacDonald

Under you Inspire Hope: ways to get involved:

Start A Guild: There is a independent network of Guids with over 5000 volunteers. Many sorts and celebrities support these fundraisers every year. One such Guild is The Imagine Guild.


Twenty One years ago, 100 motorcycles gathered to participate in Children’s Ride 1. The  event was a success raising $13,000 for Children’s Hospital.


In 2009, the Imagine Guild moved the Gala and Auction to the Fremont Studios where John Curley hosted an evening of laughs and fundraising to benefit the kids. We also featured the Bagger Build-off competition between Paul Yaffe/Destination Harley-Davidson and Brian Klock/Downtown Harley-Davidson.

In 2008, CR 13 raised more than $700,000 for Children’s Hospital. Who could have predicted that Children’s Ride would become one of the top five guild fundraisers for Children’s Hospital as well as one of the largest charity motorcycle events in the Pacific Northwest?

The Imagine Guild and Children’s Ride was founded in 1995 by Rick Baldwin. In 1974, Rick’s daughter Tessa was admitted to Children’s Hospital for treatment of third-degree burns when a coffee pot toppled onto her  Being a young father with limited financial resources, Rick benefited from the uncompensated care fund provided by Children’s Hospital. Always wanting to repay the hospital for the care his family received, Rick combined his love for motorcycles with his gratitude to CIn 2005, Children’s Ride grew from a one-day to a three day weekend event. The Children’s Ride Gala and Auction made its debut as a resounding success that year. Attracting one of the top custom motorcycle builders in the industry today, Paul Yaffe built a one-of-a-kind custom chopper for the auction. Excitement was at an all time high in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom as Edgar Martinez of the Seattle Mariners and Chad Eaton, a former Seattle Seahawk, matched each other bid for bid on the custom motorcycle until Edgar offered the winning bid of $95,000.children’s Hospital and the idea for Children’s Ride was born.

Other Ways to Help:

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