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.

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.

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

Klahanie resident inspires anthem for cancer survivors

December 7, 2010

Klahanie resident Melody Christensen sent her story of breast cancer survival to contemporary Christian musician Matthew West and has heard the tale transformed into ‘Survivors’ on the album 'The Story of Your Life.' By Greg Farrar

The letter from Klahanie recounted a familiar story: a bombshell cancer diagnosis, strength-sapping treatment, but also, interlaced among the sentences, hope.

Melody Christensen, breast cancer survivor and Klahanie stay-at-home mother of four, offered the candid account as inspiration to contemporary Christian musician Matthew West.

Christensen liked the authenticity West imbued in songs about faith amid personal struggle, but as she prepared to send the message on a spring day, she had no expectations.

“I felt like it was time for me to share — even if it didn’t go anywhere — what I’d been through,” she said.

Christensen received a surprising phone call months later. West had used the letter as a springboard for a song about cancer on a soon-to-be-released album.

The album — the aptly titled “The Story of Your Life” — mines intimate and often-heartrending stories from Christensen and other fans.

“Through the years, I’ve been so inspired by the people who would send me an e-mail or share with me at a concert how a song has found its way into their story and inspired them in one way or another,” West said in a phone interview from Nashville, Tenn. “I just started thinking, ‘What if I turned the microphone around?’”

The concept compelled the performer — and songwriter for country stars Rascal Flatts and Billy Ray Cyrus — to act more like a storyteller.

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Meet the connoisseur of chic

November 9, 2010

Eastside Fashion Blog follows design trends

Rebecca Klein models a style for her blog. Contributed

To all of the ladies out there afraid to try anything daring with your outfits in fear of committing a fashion faux pas, meet Newcastle-based blogger Rebecca Klein.

The recent Bellevue High School graduate currently devotes her time to creating special-themed outfits on her Eastside Fashion Blog. She makes mash-ups using photos of clothing and accessories from names such as Whitney Eve, Charlotte Russe, Burberry and Victoria’s. Read more

Pink chair raises cancer awareness

October 12, 2010

Talking about breast cancer used to be taboo, but today, pink ribbons are treated with support and respect.

Now, a pink chair is sparking conversation about the disease, the fifth most common cause of cancer death. Read more

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the highlands Tuesday

October 3, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 3, 2010

Join the battle against breast cancer Tuesday at sip. at the wine bar and restaurant.

The restaurant hosts Sips & Tips, a social networking event to bring together women in the spirit of friendship, community, empowerment and charity. The event, held the first Tuesday of every month, features a different theme, and offers opportunities to introduce local businesses.

The upcoming Sips & Tips commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Issaquah Highlands restaurant, 1084 N.E. Park Drive.

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