August 11, 2015
NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
Breast cancer patient Mary Gooze, 64, of Wisconsin, has decided to go on the offensive against the disease.
Gooze – the 2015 recipient of the Wisconsin Coaches vs. Cancer Spirit of Hope Award – will be swimming across Lake Sammamish Aug. 16. Beginning at 9 a.m., she’ll take off from Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, swim to the northwest shore, and return to the beach by 10:15 a.m.
She’s using her remaining time to educate people about late-stage breast cancer and raise money for research and a possible cure. Read more
April 21, 2015
When doctors diagnosed Issaquah mom Sheila Cecil with a rare sarcoma in 2000, her three children were just 5, 9 and 10 years old.
“For a long time, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to be here for them, to see them grow up,’” she said.
October 12, 2014
NEW — 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 2014
Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and staff will be decked out in pink T-shirts Oct. 13-18 to help raise awareness of breast cancer.
Most people are aware of breast cancer, but many forget to take steps to detect the disease in the earliest stage, when it is most often curable, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Through the awareness effort, EFR and many other entities hope people will learn about early detection, diagnosis, treatment, stages, myths, etc.
September 16, 2014
This weekend, for the 12th time in 14 years, Issaquah resident Judi Schrager will participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, where hundreds of women and men walk 60 miles over three days to raise money for breast cancer research.
Her goal is to raise $1,200; she chose the figure because this is her 12th event. She is now just over halfway there.
At the end of each day, and each 20-mile segment, walkers come “home” to a mobile city. And that’s where Schrager, 72, comes in.
In 2000, she walked. Since then, she has worked on the food services crew. She has been committed to the cause since she saw a sign on a bus in 2000, and realized after she started counting that she knew nine people who had breast cancer, some who had survived and some who had not.
“And I thought, ‘Wow. Nine people,’” she said. “You know the survival rate wasn’t near what it is now.
May 6, 2014
Mother’s Day isn’t until May 11, but I celebrated a little early last week with my mom.
Although she lives just a little less than 300 miles south, as the crow flies to Oregon, it proves to be just far enough that I only take the occasional visit.
I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 2012
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.
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.”
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.”