Seattle Children’s is an especially worthy recipient of support. One of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, it’s also an important research institute and provider of specialized care across the Northwest.

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One of the Puget Sound region’s most uplifting success stories is that of Seattle Children’s.

In 1907, a group of Seattle women banded together to start what became the first pediatric hospital in the Northwest.

Since then Children’s grew into one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, an important research institution and a network of clinics and providers at 43 locations in four states.

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For more information about contributing to the “It starts with Yes” campaign to benefit Seattle Children’s, go to: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/ways-to-help/it-starts-with-yes/

Most importantly, its specialized care transformed the lives of countless children and families.

The hospital and research center should play an even larger role in the lives of children and the region’s success with support from a $1 billion fundraising campaign that’s now underway.

This is an especially worthy recipient of support. Since the beginning, Children’s has relied on the community to ensure that all children have health care available.

Donations help Children’s provide care to those whose families cannot afford it.

Last year it provided more than $164 million worth of uncompensated care, with about 50 percent of patients receiving some form of uncompensated care.

This is all part of Children’s mission to “provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.”

The Northwest has long recognized the importance of this mission, as evidenced by the breadth of support Children’s has received over the years. In 2016, it received donations from 35,671 individuals, and volunteers donated 123,313 hours of time.

Children’s is reaching kids at a growing network of sites. That includes both stand-alone facilities and places where Children’s is partnering with other health-care providers to offer specialty care.

One standout is Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, which provides medical, dental, nutritional and mental-health services in central Seattle. Supporting the campaign will help Children’s expand the clinic into a larger facility with a new emphasis on addressing root causes of illness.

Children’s is also opening a stand-alone clinic in Everett this year, joining clinics it operates in places such as Bellevue, Federal Way and Wenatchee, and specialty centers such as a pediatric heart center in Anchorage.

Seattle Children’s is also a key player in the regional cluster of health-care research and innovation. Its growing research institute has already pioneered breakthrough technologies, including cystic-fibrosis treatments and cancer therapies.

The generosity of people in Seattle and beyond make this all possible. Their donations help the hundreds of thousands of children served annually by Children’s and many others who will benefit from its research into new treatments.

Please consider supporting the “It Starts with Yes” campaign for Seattle Children’s.