All in pink, Eastside Fire & Rescue supports breast cancer awareness this week

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.

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Help local woman raise funds for cancer research

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.

Judi Schrager has put together a quilt from clothing she has worn in past Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.

Judi Schrager has put together a quilt from clothing she has worn in past Susan G. Komen 3-Day events.

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.

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Giving Mother’s Day a whole new meaning

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.

No longer.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

I plan to make her a regular entry on my social calendar.

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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.

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