Our Mission

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


Upcoming Event: Daffodil Day!

Sunday, March 21, 11:30am – 1:00pm in the UPC North Parking Lot

DAFFODILS: What better burst of sunshine-colored HOPE could we ask for these days? Drive by and get them while supplies last! We’ll keep you updated about availability at sidebyside.org and on all our social media platforms. 

DELICIOUS: Cinnamon rolls! The best breakfast pastry there ever was. Get them to-go with your flowers and enjoy at home! 

DRIVE-THRU: Mask up and greet new SBS Director Tiji Murphy-Santiago who will meet you at your car with all the goods.

DONATE: All levels of contribution are welcome! Proceeds support our work at the Ronald McDonald House and this summer’s version of Camp Side-by-Side, an unforgettable experience of 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

For over 20 years, Side-by-Side has shared relational support through weekly visits and fun to remind families they are not alone on this journey. While under the constraints of social distancing, we continue to support children and adult caregivers whose "people" are far away back home or otherwise unable to provide the essential service of supportive presence in this time. 

All Side-by-Side volunteers are screened, trained, and supported as they spend time with families. Because relationships don't happen overnight, we focus support on families whose treatment is expected to last at least two months or longer.

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


Ronald McDonald House Teams:

Our enthusiastic volunteer teams typically provide dinners, crafts and fun activities (like BINGO!) for the 80 families living at the Ronald McDonald House. We can't wait to return to the RMH when we are able! Until then, keep an eye out for Zoom Bingo and other fun treats delivered to the RMH from your friends at Side-by-Side!



Our Story


Our Staff

Tiji Murphy-Santiago :: Director of Side-By-Side :: tijims@upc.org :: 206.524.7301 x534

Marla Malone  ::  Associate Director, Family Support and RMH Teams  ::  marlam@upc.org  :: 206.524.7301 x273

Tate Busby :: Community Engagement and Events Coordinator :: tateb@upc.org :: 425.208.6648

Tim Snow :: Associate Pastor of Care Ministries :: tims@upc.org :: 206.524.7301 x197



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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.