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Cooper's Pumpkins

Cooper's Pumpkins

Pumpkins often signal the start of October and the fall season. However, a pumpkin has much more significance to the Shulke Family.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Shulke Family Pumpkin Farm in Walla Walla, Washington. The family pumpkin patch has grown substantially since parents Kara and Jeff Shulke started planting pumpkins with their children years ago.

 The Shulke Family use the pumpkin harvest as a way to honor their son, Cooper, who lost his battle to cancer when he was 7 ½ years old.  The Ronald McDonald House provided the Shulke Family with a place of respite and ease during this stressful and unimaginable time.

Over the past 5 years, the popularity and interest in this event, has led to an annual community pumpkin harvest, allowing community members to assist the family in the harvest. On Sunday, September 30th, over 100 families and community members helped harvest a variety of pumpkins. The pumpkins are displayed outside of the Shulke Family home, where people can come by and purchase pumpkins by placing a donation of their choosing in a locked donation bin. All proceeds from this annual event go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Thank you to the Shulke Family for your generosity and for all of those who took part in the harvest!