Meet the Hurtado Family

| Elks for Children’s Hospital

Although each child had only a 25% chance of inheriting the disease, all four of the Hurtado family’s four children were born with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) – a rare liver disorder that can lead to organ and brain damage. Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric liver transplant program in the Pacific Northwest and has some of the best liver transplant outcomes in the nation. Learn more about this family’s remarkable journey and how Seattle Children’s team has been by their side for each step.

The Elks for Children’s Hospital partnership between Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington State Elks Association began in 1926 and still continues today. The bond of these two entities and the care of the Elks has given hope to children in our region for more than 93 years.

The Elks for Children’s Hospital Committee is a standing committee of WSEA that has contributed more than $1 million to Seattle Children’s Hospital. We are listed as a Hero for Hope and included in the Rock Wall at Seattle Children’s main campus.

100% of funds raised through the Elks for Children’s Hospital program are donated to Seattle Children’s and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ uncompensated care program. No child is ever turned away for treatment because of lack of funds.

WSEA also participates in the Children’s Network Telethon, selling pledge cards, and assisting the Children’s Hospital Foundation whenever we can. Major Elks for Children’s Hospital events include Elks Day and ExtraLife.

You may contact the Elks for Children’s Hospital Committee chair, Jim Howes, at jimelk10@yahoo.com or 206-779-6815.

Washington State Elks Association