Legacy quilt goes to comfort recoveries

April 1, 2014

A rare quilt made by famous Issaquah resident Beryl Baxter was gifted late last year to a foundation that helps women battling cancer.

JoAnne Matsumura obtained the quilt from Baxter’s estate and then donated it to Northwest Hope and Healing. The nonprofit organization then raffled it online through its website, and Matsumura matched the funds raised.

Contributed This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

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This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

Baxter, born in 1912, was a member of the Bush and Wold families, pioneering clans of the Issaquah Valley. The Quilt Lady, as she was called, made more than 100 quilts by hand. On average, she made one quilt per month during her heyday, all displaying diverse patterns and exact hand stitching. She died in 1999.

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EFR goes pink for breast cancer awareness

October 1, 2013

Employees at Eastside Fire & Rescue will again wear pink shirts in October as they show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 3-5, 9-11 and 15-17.

While the focus of raising awareness is primarily related to prevention measures and treatment methods of breast cancer, EFR joins with the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against all cancers.

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Knit For Life crafts partnership at Swedish/Issaquah

November 20, 2012

Volunteers Leslie Albro (left) and Ellen Harbison knit and converse while waiting for members to join the session. By Lauren LeMieux

Tanya Parieaux was taught to knit by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Many years later, the craft would comfort her in an unexpected way.

Knitting helped her get through her battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1996 and for a second time in 2009.

“I had a hard time focusing on television and reading books and things, because I just keep thinking I have cancer, I have cancer, I have cancer,” Parieaux said. Knitting “ was something I did where time would pass so quickly.”

It didn’t take Parieaux long to share the comfort she found in knitting with others. In 1997, she began going around the high-dose chemo floor at the University of Washington Medical Center with a big basket of yarn and needles. She offered lessons and materials to anyone who wanted to participate.

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Firefighters don pink for breast cancer awareness

October 16, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue employees and firefighters plan to don pink shirts from Oct. 17-19 to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The agency joins the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against cancer. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society.

“No one is outside the reach of cancer,” EFR Chief Lee Soptich said in a statement. “Whether personally afflicted or in support of friends, family, neighbors or coworkers, most of us have experienced the impacts of cancer, and feel it a privilege to be associated with this worthy cause.”

Pizzeria offers ‘Slice of Hope’ for breast cancer awareness

October 12, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 12, 2012

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering breast cancer patients a Slice of Hope by donating 20 percent of sales Friday to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle.

Tutta Bella operates restaurants in Issaquah and Seattle.

Slice of Hope unites pizzerias across the nation to fight breast cancer. Funds raised across the country support the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers, including those at UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

“Tutta Bella wants to help end this disease,” Tutta Bella founder Joe Fugere said in a statement. “That’s why from now until the Oct. 12 event we will match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 for any donations made at Tutta Bella in addition to donating 20 percent of sales on Oct. 12.”

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Firefighters wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 11, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 11, 2012

Eastside Fire & Rescue employees and firefighters plan to don pink shirts from Oct. 17-19 to show support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The agency joins the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against cancer. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society.

“No one is outside the reach of cancer,” EFR Chief Lee Soptich said in a statement. “Whether personally afflicted or in support of friends, family, neighbors or coworkers, most of us have experienced the impacts of cancer, and feel it a privilege to be associated with this worthy cause.”

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Sisters open BRAS Thermography breast-health center

July 10, 2012

Sisters Ingrid Adams, Ursula Walker and Theora Dalupan recently opened BRAS Thermography, a breast-health center and store specializing in a screening process for women utilizing thermography and breast education.

Breast thermography is a 15-minute, noninvasive screening used for alerting women’s doctors to changes that indicate early stage breast disease or abnormalities.  BRAS also offer supplements and gifts, all geared toward breast health.

The sisters attended the American College of Clinical Thermology with the designation of clinical thermographer, and became members of the professional organization ACCT for Thermography.

BRAS Thermography is at 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 44, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 677-8430 for more information or to make an appointment. Special after-hours appointments are available upon request.

Washingtonians marry less, divorce more, live longer

March 20, 2012

In 2010, 909 couples married on Aug. 21 — the biggest day for weddings in the Evergreen State.

The total — and other figures from the state Center for Health Statistics — offer a snapshot of life and death in Washington.

Washingtonians live longer than the national average. The latest figures from the Center for Health Statistics also indicate more divorces, fewer pregnancies and better prenatal care for expectant mothers.

Statewide, the number of pregnancies, births and abortions continues to drop.

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Evergreen Ford lands mobile breast cancer unit for Issaquah

February 29, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 29, 2012

Women can receive complimentary tests for breast cancer Friday as a state-of-the-art detection service rolls into Issaquah.

The effort, the Ford Women’s Health Initiative Mobile Breast Imaging Tour, offers the latest in 3-D breast cancer detection technology inside a bus outfitted as a mobile testing unit. The service is open to all women.

The bus stops at Walgreens, 6300 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Women interested in the service must make appointments, because space is limited. Call 855-380-TEST toll free or go to www.fordwomenshealth.com.

The local Ford dealership, Evergreen Ford, joined a national effort to bring the mobile testing unit to Issaquah. Ford Motor Co. Fund — a charitable arm of automaker Ford Motor Co. — Hope Now International and mobile medical-testing provider HealthFair partnered to offer the service.

The mobile detection unit last stopped at the local Walgreens in November 2011.

Homecoming: ‘I Believe’ we won

November 22, 2011

Samantha Garrard Issaquah High School

Many have written about Issaquah High School’s homecoming and the students who were suspended or expelled due to underage drinking. What hasn’t been covered is the immense success the week brought to the student body and the greater community.

The overall theme of this year’s homecoming was “I Believe,” and more specifically “I Believe That We Can Beat Cancer.” The idea was to allow students to think beyond themselves and help the greater community. Homecoming wasn’t a one-day event; it was a weeklong Spirit Week that will have a permanent positive effect.

“A week that would usually be ‘all about me’ was now changed to ‘all about someone else,’” Principal Paula Phelps said.

Several fundraisers that week promoted the fight against cancer. The Associated Student Body sold hot pink T-shirts that promoted breast cancer awareness with proceeds going to help fight breast cancer. The ASB also encouraged students to “Boycott the Boutonniere” and instead purchase a breast cancer awareness ribbon to wear.

“Officers for the student body are always trying to unite their student body, make our school a fun place to be and serve our community, but this year they took it to an amazing level,” said Tim Baynes, the ASB teacher.

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