Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children: Our Kids

James B. Garland Charity Golf Tournament

ATTENTION ALL YOU GOLFERS, SERIOUS OR NOT! THE FORKS LODGE #2524 IS MAKING A CHALLENGE TO YOU!!!!   Register online!   Come to the 10th ANNUAL JAMES B. GARLAND CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT supporting the Washington Elks Therapy Program for Children on July 28th, 2018 at the Tacoma Elks Allenmore Golf Club in Tacoma, Washington. Come… Read more


I would like to introduce you to Miss Aiva! Aiva is three years old. She loves playing with her toys, watching cartoons, and getting her nails painted. Aiva has a genetic condition, known as Congenital Myasthenia. This condition causes a disruption in the communication between her nerves and her muscles. As a result, Aiva’s muscles… Read more


This is our 6 year old daughter, Julie. After suffering a lack of oxygen at birth, Julie began having seizures and spent her first 9 weeks in the hospital. During this time, she was also diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment, and Reflux. At 15 months old, she developed Hydrocephalus and had a shunt… Read more


One year ago, 4-month-old Thea was admitted to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital under very scary circumstances… Previously a healthy infant, Thea was now experiencing fever activity and disinterest in feeding – a red flag for any parent. The onset of seizure activity and a diagnosis of septic shock led to a 6-day stay in the… Read more

Lola and Emilia

Meet Lola and Emilia. Born at only 26 weeks (14 weeks early), they have been fighters since the beginning. Due to their prematurity, both girls were born with significant immune compromise, and require at home therapy to help reduce exposure to illness. The girls had many needs early on, from learning to tolerate food on… Read more


A real “plus” for the Elks Therapy Program sessions being held in the home is showing parents how to use everyday household items as therapy “tools” to help their children. Two-year-old Angelito has mild cerebral palsy from being born three months prematurely. A plastic tote is just the right size for him to pull up… Read more


I would like to introduce you to Hannah! She is a freshman in high school. Hannah is a social butterfly and has many friends! She has a cheery disposition. Her favorite projects at school are art class, cooking projects, and class outings. She loves wearing makeup, having her older sister do her hair, and playing… Read more


Benedict “Ben” was delivered full-term by C-section in September 2012. By age 4 months he had undergone three open-heart surgeries common with Down Syndrome: Correction of the aorta repair at five days old, complete atrial-ventricular septal defect repair in December 2012, and mitral valve repair in January 2013. At one month, Ben began to have… Read more


There is almost nothing more devastating than finding out that what you thought was a double ear infection on top of bronchitis, is much bigger and much more ominous. Two years ago, Damon’s family received such news. At the age of 18 months, Damon was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (or… Read more


Kellan was two years old when he began receiving weekly occupational therapy through our Program. His parents initially requested help due to his extremely limited diet, but they were soon describing tantrums whenever the vacuum was run, whenever the family hosted parties to watch football games, whenever he was taken to the mall on a… Read more