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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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.

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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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Evergreen Ford steers mobile breast cancer unit to Issaquah

November 8, 2011

Women can receive complimentary tests for breast cancer 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., Nov. 16. The mobile testing unit offers screenings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

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King County Council proclaims Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 18, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2011

King County Council members declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to recognize cancer survivors and people battling breast cancer.

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, encouraged women to undergo regular screenings for breast cancer.

“The medical screening process is easy and fast and should be part of the regular health care routine for women older than 40,” she said after the council issued the proclamation Monday. “Early diagnosis and treatment has proven effective in saving lives.”

In addition to celebrating cancer survivors, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a reminder of the importance of annual mammograms and regular self-examinations.

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Local firefighters don pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 16, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2011

Local firefighters plan to trade blue for pink.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Eastside Fire & Rescue plans to support the annual observance.

The local firefighters union, International Association of Firefighters Local 2878, approved a resolution to honor women fighting cancer. The union purchased pink T-shirts last year and, per fire chiefs’ approval, firefighters plan to wear the pink shirts on duty from Monday to Friday. The move is meant to encourage women battling breast cancer, and others battling other forms of cancer.

Nationwide, fire departments plan to trade blue uniforms for pink items to support the fight against cancer.

EFR firefighters respond to and treat many cancer patients in day-to-day operations.

The agency serves Issaquah, Sammamish, North Bend and rural fire districts in the Issaquah area.

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Singer Matthew West brings tour to Eastridge

February 15, 2011

Christian musician Matthew West brings his ‘Story of Your Life’ tour to Eastridge Christian Assembly on Feb. 20. Contributed

Last March, Eastridge Christian Assembly celebrated its grand opening with a performance by Matthew West, one of the top artists in Christian music today.

This year, on the Northwest end of the “Story of Your Life” tour, West and guest performer Josh Wilson will perform Feb. 20 at the church again — but this concert will strike a more memorable note.

West had invited his fans to send in their personal stories last year. The response was overwhelming with more than 10,000 letters, e-mails and online messages received as inspiration for his new album.

One of the letters he received was from Melody Christensen, a Klahanie resident and Eastridge church member, who sent in her story after seeing West perform.

“Melody’s story is just one of those that represented hundreds of letters that I received,” West said. “Out of 10,000 letters, many were about people’s battles with cancer, so I felt like I needed to write a victory song about the topic.”

Christensen’s letter inspired West to write the song “Survivor,” a tribute to the courage and strength she has displayed throughout her battle with cancer.

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Local women share business tips at Sip

December 28, 2010

Every month, women from Issaquah and the Eastside come together for appetizers and wine while they socialize and network for an hour out of their busy week.

The group, Sips and Tips, started in August, and continues to grow in numbers at Sip Wine Bar and Restaurant in the Issaquah Highlands.

The brainchildren of the group, Sip co-owner Jamie Scelzi and Seattle Restaurants Unlimited Marketing Director Karen Lawler, initially started it in Gig Harbor, where the Scelzis owned another Sip restaurant. When that restaurant closed in May, the duo moved Sips and Tips to Issaquah. Read more

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