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Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming support and progress we made through the legislature, House Bill 1255 ran out of time and did not make it to vote before the cutoff date for the 2020 session.
While disappointing, it is encouraging the amount of support that was shown this year.
Thanks for all of your patience and support everyone! And thanks again to all of the key players: Erik Madsen, Eve Mercado Kopp, Curt Hanks, Chris Rimple, Rep. John Lovick, Senator Jamie Pedersen over at the Legislature for getting all of the necessary players together – as well as all of YOU for writing your senators and representatives expressing your support.
Those who grew up in the Pacific Northwest know how beloved and significant J.P. Patches and Gertrude were to our culture. Played by Chris Wedes and Bob Newman, they created one of the longest running children’s television shows in American history (1958 – 1981) and were an important part of the fabric of our community for decades after. In order to commemorate and pay tribute to their legacy, we’re working to galvanize the community to support the creation of a Patches Pals Washington State special license plate.
Proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s cancer immunotherapy research with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers using a patient’s own immune system.
We have met our goal of 3,500 signatures from Washington state residents in order to be considered by the Department of Licensing.
back to the early 1960’s. J.P. & Gertrude often visited the hospital, entertaining patients, families, and staff. During the 1970’s, J.P. and friends made a significant donation to the hospital, funding the J.P. Patches Playroom. The J.P. and Gertrude statue, located in Fremont, also generated a significant gift for Seattle Children’s at the behest of Chris Wedes and his wife, Joanie.
Over time, it is expected that the special J.P. Patches license plate could raise as much as $250,000 or more for cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s. Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking new treatment that harnesses the power of a patient’s immune system in order to seek and destroy cancer cells, limiting the need for toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.