Written by Guest Column By Levi Anderson, General Manager, LifeNet Health
At just seven months old, Rowan Nickerson saved the lives of two other babies. How? Through the donation of her heart valves.
Every year in the U.S., about 10,000 babies are born with a critical heart defect requiring surgery, or other procedures, during their first year of life. Unfortunately, children cannot receive artificial valves due to the use of blood thinners and other compromising therapies, which are common during treatment.
This reality is what makes Rowan’s story both tragic and beautiful. Her life was cut short by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), but she was able to give the gift of life to others. Her parents played a critical role in making that happen.
From tiny homes to she sheds, from kitchen vignettes to outdoor living displays, Northwesterners will be able to see all the best and newest for the home when the Seattle Home Show, the oldest and largest consumer home show in the country, opens its doors February 17 through 25 at CenturyLink Field Event Center.
On Saturday, February 3, Homeward Pet celebrated a milestone: 30,000 animals adopted since the adoption center’s founding in 1990.
Christabelle Soriano, a Bothell resident, completed the landmark adoption. She saw her future four-legged family member online—a gray, eight-month-old tabby named Spike—and decided to add another cat to her family. She was already familiar with Homeward Pet after having her 12-year-old Pomeranian, Chiquito, microchipped at the facility last year.
Like many adopters, Spike’s picture is what brought her in: “I saw his face online and thought he was really cute and endearing.” After meeting him in person, his “soft fur and affectionate nature” sealed her decision to take him home that day, along with a celebratory basket of cat goodies, including treats, toys, and a certificate for a pet painting from Homeward Pet’s artist partner, Jodie Sarah Masiwchuk.
Since the adoption, it’s been smooth sailing for the whole family. Spike and Chiquito especially seem to have hit it off. Soriano says, “They like to hang out with each other under the bed if we’re in there. Chiquito doesn’t seem to mind sharing his usual hangout.”
All in all, Soriano and Spike both are happy with the match, with Soriano concluding: “He’s a sweetie. Everyone loves him.”
Homeward Pet will be celebrating 28 years of making matches like Spike and Soriano on February 24, 2018, with $28 adoptions.
Washington Recovery Helpline is pleased to announce that we are providing chat services as another way to ask questions about treatment options and obtain resource and referral information. You can connect with a Recovery Specialist Monday-Wednesday between 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and on Thursday & Friday between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you want to connect with us outside of our chat hours, you can reach us 24/7 at 1-866-789-1511.
Things to remember about RHL Chat:
The Chat platform may not work as well with smart phones, so if possible, try and use a computer.
The Recovery Help Line is not a crisis line and our Recovery Specialists are not counselors. Chat is intended to provide you with information about accessing recovery support and treatment resources related to substance use disorder, mental health, and problem gambling.
The same demographic information obtained over the course of a phone call in order to determine the most appropriate referrals will also be asked through chat.
Records of chat conversations are not made public or disclosed to third parties.
WA Recovery Help Line offers 24-hour telephone support to anyone struggling with substance abuse, mental health, or problem gambling. We provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and information/referral to local treatment options. Some of the main substances that individuals have recently called about have been related to: Alcohol, Heroin, Prescription drugs (including methadone and Suboxone, which are used to treat heroin addiction), and Methamphetamine.
"Getting Around the Eastside in the Good 'Ol Days" may be a topic just as timely 100 years ago as it is today, given the current state of I-405 traffic. It's the subject on Saturday, Feb. 17, when speaker Jane Morton appears at Brightwater Education Center (22505 WA-9, Woodinville, WA 98072) at 10 a.m.