About Hydrocephalus Research Guild (HRG)
What is a Guild?
Seattle Children's Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the nation. It serves as the umbrella organization for nearly 500 groups of friends, family, co-workers and community members who donate their time and resources to support Seattle Children's and Regional Medical Center (Children's). Located in Seattle, Washington,
Seattle Children's treats children in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and beyond. The Guild Association has been integral to the success of
Seattle Children's for over 100 years.
Who We Are
HRG was founded by Lori Poliski and Paul Gross, proud parents of William who has had five brain surgeries due to hydrocephalus.
After extended analysis of the state of hydrocephalus treatment and
research they came to realize that perhaps the best advocates for
children affected by hydrocephalus are concerned parents, family and
friends who band together to create change.
Today there are approximately 25 guild members, including parents of
children with hydrocephalus, some children with hydrocephalus who
are junior guild members, adults with hydrocephalus, and friends and
family members of those affected by pediatric hydrocephalus in the
What is Our Relationship to Seattle Children’s?
HRG is a special interest guild that was started in June, 2006 and has fundraised over $300,000 to date for hydrocephalus research
at Children's. It has a strong connection to the Children’s neurosurgery department and
collaborates with the doctors, nurses, and researchers who work to advance the state of pediatric hydrocephalus research. Children's is one of the few pediatric hospitals
in the United States that is combining its clinical practice with bench science at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute to find a cure. HRG through Children’s is a 501 C3 non-profit organization and our tax ID number is
100% of donations to HRG go directly to hydrocephalus research at the hospital.
PO Box 141
Woodinville, WA 98072
Betsy Conyard, President
Jennifer Trudeau, Treasurer
Katherine Hawk, Secretary
Leslie Kempthorne, Membership Chair