Ladybug House Newsletter

November, 2015

Greetings! Ladybug House has been traveling the world and gaining valuable media attention. We hope you will join us December 1st for Giving Tuesday. And please help LBH spread awareness by sharing Rhema's journey and those of our amazing volunteers, Rachel and Anthony. Thank you!

November 15, 2015


$300 raised + 70 new supporters
We had a blast at the play day fundraiser for Ladybug House! Thank you HappyNest Play Centers, Color Me Bright Face Paint, and Reuben Barron for your generous donation of your time and space!
October 27, 2015


$3,000 raised + 1,000 new supporters
Ladybug House qualified for the Social Venture Partners' business pitch competition and Suzanne pitched her way to the final round! She shared her vision, in the form of a 5 minute presentation, on stage at McCaw Hall. She finished in the top 3 of the early-stage nonprofit track. Read The Seattle Times feature mentioning LBH here
October 23, 2015


Professional Network Strengthened
Thank you to our friends at Canuck Place for a wonderful day in Vancouver BC! Canuck Place is North America’s 1st pediatric palliative care home and hospice. We learned many lessons from our friends. Everything from operations to architectural design. We also got to tour their newest home in Abbotsford as well. 

August 20, 2015


$6,000 raised + 60 new supporters
We are willing to do whatever it takes! Thank you to the ladies of Washington State Legislature for hosting an incredible day in Yakima. 

Ladybug House gets local and national attention!
"Someone You Should Know: Suzanne Gwynn"
A Q&A with the founder of Ladybug House, a freestanding, community-based palliative-care home in Seattle to offer respite to children with life-limiting illnesses. Read full article here
"Seattle nurse vows to create region's first hospice for children"
She pages through a book of photographs filled with the faces of children. And the letters they've written. The images are of young people who lost their battle with cancer, but spent their final months expressing thoughts about life, love and hope. Read full article and watch video here
"Women-Run Local Nonprofits You Should Know About"
We decided to profile three local women who have dedicated their lives to combatting these issues, tirelessly fighting on the front lines with their registered 501(3)(c) charities. Read full article here
Comprehensive Cancer Care for Children and Their Families: Summary of a Joint Workshop by the Institute of Medicine and the American Cancer Society (Ladybug House mention on pg.18)  Read it here

What comes after Thanksgiving and is better than Black Friday? Giving Tuesday! Tuesday, December 1st, the world will come together to celebrate generosity and to give. Please consider donating to Ladybug House to help us reach our December goal of $5,000.
Support Ladybug House when you shop this holiday! When you shop through Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your spending on eligible purchases will go to LBH! Get started here

Do you work for Microsoft or Boeing? Your donation makes twice the impact! Every dollar you donate to Ladybug House will be matched by your company, 1:1.

Please help us spread awareness. Share this newsletter with 3 people and ask those 3 people to share it with 3 others. 


Rhema Butler (November 4, 1996 – June 16, 2011)
January 23, 2009. This is the day my youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Cancer was a tumultuous journey and throughout it we decided, above all, to live. And live we did. My daughter, Rhema, had just turned 12 when she was first diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumors, an aggressive childhood cancer with an abysmal outlook. But with the support and optimism of her oncologist and nursing staff we began her treatments in earnest. Rhema’s cancer responded so well--there was great hope! Finally, after 11 long months of treatments Rhema was declared “N.E.D.” the magical words we had longed to hear for so long: no evidence of disease. With hope that she would beat the long odds, we set off for her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World in January and shortly after I went back to work. It was as exciting as it was scary to begin piecing our life back together again. Read full story here
We want to share stories as a tribute to those who have left us so soon. If you want to share your story, please email



Rachel Peerboom
For the last 10 years, I have volunteered and worked with children and families in hospitals, schools, homes, and camps. As a Child Life Therapist I have worked closely with Palliative Care teams in hospital settings and developed a passion for this philosophy of care. After researching existing programs throughout the country, I came across the efforts of Ladybug House and knew I had to be involved! In the last few months as Volunteer Coordinator, I have been working to recruit and initiate new volunteers for our current projects and teams. My favorite part of helping with this mission is getting the opportunity to work with such a great team of like-minded and passionate individuals. It has been exciting to bring awareness to the community about the need for Ladybug House and then to watch so many people respond with a helping hand. This work is inspiring!
Anthony Vincent
My professional background includes 15 years of both IT Project Management in healthcare and as a volunteer for social-change nonprofits. The mission of Ladybug House is one that is close to my heart, having lost a son, his mom, and a partner, all three whose last days were in hospice. Palliative care should be a human right. Once I heard of the Ladybug House vision, I knew where I was meant to be. Since July I have been orchestrating and weaving evidence-based project management methodologies to bring the Ladybug House vision to reality through current operations. So far I have most enjoyed the moments when I feel the compassion of many others towards the same goal. 
We need a volunteer to develop a social media strategy and a volunteer to create a strategic plan for PR and Marketing. We would love you to join our team! Fill out our Volunteer Form then email it to
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