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Nicki Guyton

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Tucker Maxon School

By | Grant Stories
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The Tucker Maxon School tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

Erin Henry “just knew” her daughter Vivian was deaf from the day she was born – because she is too. Erin also knew about Tucker Maxon School because is an alumna, having moved to Portland when she was five to attend it.

At four months, Vivian received her first hearing aids from Tucker Maxon. Erin spent the next year researching cochlear implants and made the decision to have Vivian get cochlear implant surgery when she was 18 months old. When Tucker Maxon’ s audiologist first turned on her implant, Vivian burst into tears, which broke Erin’s heart. But the audiologist assured Erin that Vivian’s reaction was typical. After that, Vivian would cry when Erin took the implant off- she wanted to hear all the time!

Still, when Vivian first arrived in preschool, she spoke only a handful of words and struggled with balance. Because of their early lack of exposure to sound, children with hearing loss experience an immediate disadvantage in spoken language development. While early intervention is critical to overcoming this disadvantage, almost all children with hearing loss enter preschool with spoken language deficits. After three years in preschool, Vivian is now thriving in kindergarten. Now, thanks to Tucker Maxon, Vivian is the queen of the playground, and no one can get her to stop talking! Vivian has found her voice and has plenty to say.

Today, Erin believes Vivian has limitless opportunities thanks to Tucker Maxon. “My first days of school here were filled with the love and caring of the staff at Tucker Maxon. It is that love and connection that I still see at the school today. I am grateful for the teachers and staff at Tucker Maxon who helped me grow and are now helping Vivian soar!”

Right now, Vivian’s dreams include becoming a doctor, a teacher, or maybe a veterinarian. Her dreams are big, and Erin wants to help her reach her goals. Everyone at Tucker Maxon works together to ensure that Vivian – and every child – is receiving the best education possible so she can reach her full potential.

To learn more about Tucker Maxon School, visit their website.

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“I am grateful for the teachers and staff at Tucker Maxon who helped me grow and are now helping Vivian soar!”

Actor Isaac Lamb

Portland Center Stage at The Armory

By | Grant Stories
Actor Isaac Lamb at the Portland Armory

Portland Center Stage at The Armory tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

Due to the heavy audience interaction in this fall’s production of “Every Brilliant Thing,” actor Isaac Lamb needed to rehearse in front of groups. Portland Center Stage at The Armory took this opportunity to send Isaac out to Portland metro high schools, so that he could rehearse with some of our most dedicated student groups. In total, Isaac rehearsed with 375 high school students across five separate schools.

Educator Bethany Rivand, from Fort Vancouver High School, said: “Thank you so much! Thank YOU for having ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ rehearsal at Fort. The kids were so engaged, and we had such great conversation for days afterwards. Thanks for all the opportunities you give us at PCS! It changes the lives of students.”

To learn more about Portland Center Stage at The Armory, visit their website.

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“The kids were so engaged, and we had such great conversations for days afterwards.”

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Make-A-Wish Oregon

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Make-A-Wish Oregon tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

Make-A-Wish Oregon creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. In fiscal year 2017, Make-A-¬≠Wish Oregon granted 250 wishes, the most ever in the chapter’s history. The Marie Lamfrom Foundation’s support helps make wishes come true and helps Make-A-Wish Oregon fulfill our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child. Here are just some of their stories:

Evalyn, age 4, Portland
Medical condition: Rhabdomyosarcoma
Wish: To go to Disneyland Resort

Evalyn is a four-year-old from Portland who loves Disney princesses and, according to her family, knows all their names by heart. Evalyn loves to have tea parties, play with dolls, and sing “Let It Go” from “Frozen” on her karaoke machine. Evalyn’ s wish was granted to go to Disneyland Resort to meet her favorite princesses, where she spent time with Cinderella, Elsa, Anna, Belle and many others!

Sammy, age 5, Portland
Medical condition: Liver failure
Wish: To ride in a submarine

Sammy is a five-year-old from Portland who loves sea creatures, specifically orca whales, and the TV show “Octonauts,” a cartoon featuring a team of undersea explorers who are always ready to dive into action to explore new underwater worlds, rescue amazing sea creatures, and protect the ocean. This was the inspiration behind Sammy’s one true wish: To ride in a submarine! Sammy was also excited for his brother to be able to come on his wish trip and share the fun activities together. Sammy and his family traveled to Oahu, Hawaii to fulfill Sammy’s wish to ride in a submarine and enjoyed time together on the beach in the warm sun.

Marticella, age 11, Cornelius
Medical condition: Cerebral palsy
Wish: To go to Walt Disney World Resort

Marticella is an 11-year-old from Cornelius who loves everything from the movie “Frozen.” Some of her favorite things are listening to the “Frozen” soundtrack, playing the Anna and Elsa memory game, and reading books based on them over and over. This was the inspiration for Marticella’s wish, to go to Walt Disney World Resort to meet Anna and Elsa and have a meal with them. After the wish, Marticella’s parents said, “This gave my child the biggest smile on her face, not having to worry about what appointment we were going to, or who was going to stick her with the next needle. She was able to take the time to relax and enjoy life as a child, and was able to experience, with Disney characters, the joy of a dream come true.”

To learn more about Make-A-Wish Oregon, visit their website.

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“This gave my child the biggest smile on her face, not having to worry about what appointment we were going to, or who was going to stick her with the next needle.”

Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest

By | Grant Stories
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Girls Inc. planting a garden

Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

Marie Lamfrom’s generous grant has allowed us not only to increase the number of girls we serve, but also to offer experiences not usually available to them. The girls have planted a garden at the Eastside Learning Garden, which is sponsored by the Oregon Food Bank. They’ve gone on a hike on Mt. Hood, where they learned how to hunt for edible mushrooms, and afterward, cooked and ate them. Despite some initial complaints about the weather, the girls loved this adventure and were eager to return.

Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest is dedicated to empowering girls, helping them succeed, overcome challenges, and create an equitable society. The support of organizations like the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation helps Girls, Inc. succeed.

To learn more about Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, visit their website.

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“Marie Lamfrom's generous grant has allowed us not only to increase the number of girls we serve, but also to offer experiences not usually available to them.”

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Oregon Symphony

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The Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony tells us how our grant has supported its mission:

On December 12, 2017, for the fourth year in a row, musicians from the Oregon Symphony, alongside Associate Conductor Norman Huynh, visited Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. They presented a holiday program to 200 women, with highlights including a carol sing-along and pieces accompanying the Coffee Creek resident choir, part of an organization that will help them integrate back into society by pairing them with community choirs. This has become an annual tradition that the inmates and staff look forward to each holiday season.

Inmate and choir member Heidi Elise Erickson expressed appreciation for the unique program and the choir, which is under the direction of Sarah Goff of the Intergenerational Choirs of Oregon. “Prison is not a great place to spend your time, but actually my dreams are coming true here in prison,” Erickson told the Wilsonville Spokesman. “I ran a 5k last week, I sang with the Oregon Symphony in my choir, and I will start volunteer fire training next month. My life is turning out to be pretty great.”

To learn more about the Oregon Symphony, visit their website.

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“This has become an annual tradition that the inmates and staff look forward to each holiday season.”

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Dress for Success Oregon

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This is the story of one of the lives changed by Dress for Success:

I came to the United States from the Middle East four years ago with an engineering degree and professional work experience. The only job I could get here was teaching toddlers at a home day care. I was desperately trying to survive on my low wages while paying back student loans. I filled out dozens of job applications for engineering positions, but my efforts were in vain. I took resume, job, and interview workshops with no payback. I felt hopeless. That all changed when I found Dress for Success Oregon. After attending the Fast Track Workshops and getting some personalized job coaching, I had a new resume, a new elevator speech, new strategies, new confidence – and a new outfit. The doors began to open! I got my first temporary engineering position at a government agency that is hard to break into.

I continued to hone my professionalism through the HOPE program, fine-tuning my technical and interpersonal skills. Finally, I got the big payoff: my dream job, a permanent engineering position. I was selected over 95 other candidates. I had the luxury then of canceling the other five interviews I had scheduled! Dress for Success Oregon has turned my life around in less than a year. I love my new home, my new career, and my new partners at this wonderful agency.

To learn more about Dress for Success Oregon, visit their website.

“Dress for Success Oregon helped me balance my life, school, and work and be great at all three. I now feel at home here in the US - confident, safe, and successful in my profession.”