2019 Duncan Awarded to Cheryl Buettemeier


housands of Boyer families remember Cheryl Buettemeier, who spent more than 30 years at Boyer Children’s Clinic and served as a Family Resources Coordinator, Speech-Language Pathologist, and Program Director. While she was incredible with the children she cared for, she was equally gifted at working with families, committed to giving parents the tools and knowledge they needed to be the best possible advocates and champions for their child.

We are honored to share that our dear friend and former colleague will be posthumously receiving the 2019 Duncan Award. This is an incredible award in the Early Intervention world, and Cheryl is truly deserving of this special recognition.

For those not familiar with it, the Duncan Award was initiated as a companion to Seattle Children’s “Duncan Seminar” to acknowledge parents, professionals, and groups who have made significant contributions to the well-being of children with disabilities within the state of Washington. The award is given each year to an individual or group that has:

1)    Demonstrated Dr. Duncan’s ability to keep the whole child in view.

2)    Made a long-term commitment to children with disabilities.

3)      Had an extraordinary positive social or scientific impact on the well-being of children with disabilities above and beyond usual career expectations.

The Duncan Seminar was conceived and initiated in 1977 as a living tribute to William R. Duncan, MD, Chief of Orthopedics at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital (now Seattle Children’s) from 1955 to 1961.

Dr. Duncan was born and raised in Seattle, founded the Orthopedic Research Foundation of Seattle, and has a long list of publications on cerebral palsy. He emphasized a comprehensive approach to the needs of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. In keeping with his perspective, the Duncan Seminar Planning Committee has sought to bring fresh ideas into focus for an interdisciplinary audience, while always highlighting the “whole child.”

It is so special that Cheryl – who committed her entire life to serving children with special needs – will be posthumously receiving this wonderful award. It is a true testament to the lasting impact she has made in this region, and we are honored to celebrate her legacy.