Our Mission

Sharing laughter, rest, and togetherness with families who have a seriously ill child. 

Every day, right here in Seattle, children from across the region are receiving world-class medical treatment for serious illness at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Many of these families are supported by Seattle’s Ronald McDonald House for housing and basic needs. Together with our screened, trained, and supported volunteers, we hope to fill the gaps in between by providing relational support for families.


Our Programs

Family Support

Families who have relocated to Seattle for months or years of treatment are matched with volunteer teams of two "experts at play" who provide weekly adventures and fun diversion for patients and siblings. 

Families are referred to us by social workers and staff from Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Hutch School, Ronald McDonald House, and other families who have received our support. We welcome self-referrals too!




WINTER WEEKEND is a retreat getaway to IslandWood on Bainbridge Island. Families with a child on active treatment for cancer experience rest, refreshment, and a lot of laughter in a picture-perfect setting. 

Feb 23-25, 2018


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CAMP SIDE-BY-SIDE is our annual week of summer camp tailored for families who have a child with cancer--a classic camp experience for families, complete with a ropes course, water slide, horseback riding, silly songs and games, and unforgettable memories. Families are invited at no cost. 

Save the date: August 5-10, 2018

If you'd like to join our email early bird list, you'll be the first to know when we have our Family Interest Forms online for registration.  


Ronald McDonald House Teams:

Enthusiastic volunteer teams regularly provide dinners, crafts and fun activities (like BINGO!) for the 80 families living at the Ronald McDonald House. Look for our teams on the first, second, and fourth Monday nights at RMH!



Our Staff

JJ Kissinger  ::  Director  ::  jjkissinger@upc.org  ::  206.524.7301 x534

Marla Malone  ::  Associate Director, Family Support and RMH Teams  ::  marlam@upc.org  ::  206-524.7301 x273

Kelly Hampton  ::  Associate Director, Preschool Programs  ::  kellyh@upc.org  ::  206.524.7301 x538

Lisa Kissinger  ::  Winter Weekend Family Coordinator  ::  lisak@upc.org


Serious illness does not discriminate—we are privileged to serve children and families without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, socioeconomic status, or cultural background.