Credit Unions for Kids Celebrates 30 Years With $5 Million Commitment to the OHSU Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion

For 90 years, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has been a beacon of hope and care for families and children in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond. For one-third of that time, Credit Unions for Kids has been tightly intertwined with the OHSU Doernbecher story, and has helped thousands of pediatric patients by donating more than $13 million to the hospital, supporting:

  • the OHSU Doernbecher outpatient clinic and pediatric intensive care unit;
  • the establishment of endowed professorships in pediatrics;
  • clinical trial research on treatments for pediatric cancer, and
  • the Tom Sargent Safety Center

To meet the ever growing demands of patient healthcare and support at OHSU Doernbecher, over the next seven years, Credit Unions for Kids will invest $5 million to help fund the construction of the OHSU Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion, a new five-story guest house for OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher patients and families who travel to the hospital from distant locations. In recognition of the gift, a floor within the Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion will named after Credit Union for Kids to honor more than 30 years of partnership and support.

The Carrion family (photo courtesy of OHSU Doernbecher Foundation)

“The space and the naming of the Credit Unions for Kids Floor will be symbols of Credit Unions for Kids’ support of these families at both a regional level, but a local level, as well,” said Kelly Schrader, iQ Credit Union President and CEO, and Chair of the Credit Unions for Kids Ambassador Advisory Board. Schrader added. “Often, Doernbecher patient families from rural Oregon and neighboring states stay in the guest housing due to the critical nature of a child’s illness.”

OHSU Doernbecher patient Tristan Carrion and his family know, first-hand, the impact that support from organizations such as Credit Unions for Kids, can provide. The five-year-old Bend, Oregon native is fighting rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects muscle tissue.

Since Tristan’s diagnosis, the Carrion family has put everything on hold to stay at his side while he receives an intensive regimen of radiation and chemotherapy at OHSU Doernbecher. This means being more than 150 miles away from friends, extended family, work, school, and the simple comforts of home.

Thanks to the Credit Unions For Kids floor of the forthcoming OHSU Gary & Christine Rood Family Pavilion—as well as the philanthropic support from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and many other supporters—the Carrion’s, along with hundreds of other families that travel to OHSU Doernbecher from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and beyond each year, will continue to receive the highest quality of care, treatment and, soon, accommodations possible.

“I believe that waking up in the morning knowing you have helped a child is one of the best feelings you can have. We are profoundly grateful to Credit Unions for Kids for improving the lives of sick children and their families in Oregon, Southwest Washington and well beyond. Every day at Doernbecher, I am privileged to see the results of the work we do together because of our credit unions,” said Dana Braner, M.D., Credit Unions for Kids Chair, and OHSU Doernbecher Physician-in-Chief.

Without credit unions who drive year-around fundraising, this gift would not be possible.

As Credit Unions for Kids celebrates its own anniversary—the charity continues to look forward to new commitments of support, to help families near and far.

More stories of the impact that Credit Unions for Kids has will be on display during the Hollywood Glamour Auction for Credit Unions for Kids at the MAXX Convention in SeaTac.

Want to get involved? A number of thoughtful donations will be available at the auction, including a handmade quilt (right) with artwork from Children’s Miracle Network patients.

Click here to learn more about Wednesday’s auction!

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

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