Nurse to Start First Children’s Hospice in Seattle

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January 5, 2015 | KingFive
by Alex Rozier

After 32 years Suzanne Gwynn quit her full-time job as an oncology nurse to pursue a passion and fulfill a need that she says Seattle has been lacking for a long time. Gwynn hopes to start a children’s hospice in the city that provides around the clock care and gives the chance for families to be together at all times during their darkest hours.

[su_pullquote]”We need to realize that this is not just a good idea; it’s our social responsibility to make this happen for our families.”[/su_pullquote]

“This is my legacy. I believe that this is my purpose,” Gwynn said. “I tried for years trying to say somebody needed to do something, but now, before I die I hope I’m that person that makes it happen.”

Right now, hospitals don’t allow siblings of sick children to stay overnight, so many times families are broken up when all they want to do is be together.

“Watching those fathers go to work and sit up at night so that the mother can go to Ronald McDonald house for some rest, but never having a place where the family could be whole,” Gwynn said. “Families needed to be whole. They need the opportunity where they could just be together.”

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