Skyline High School supports boy with brain cancer

April 14, 2015

Just two days before Christmas, Sammamish residents Jeff and Kellea Taylor received some of the worst possible news about their youngest child, Sam.

Sam was having chronic headaches and nausea, so doctors began checking him. They found a cancerous tumor in his brain, known as astrocytoma, and because an operation to remove it wasn’t possible, they immediately put him on a chemotherapy treatment plan.

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Providence Marianwood employee Relays for those who can’t

April 7, 2015

Gloria Pritchett was exposed to cancer very early in life.

Pritchett, an employee at Issaquah’s Providence Marianwood retirement facility, was just 9 when her father was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer.

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Residents rally for Relay

April 7, 2015

About two dozen people showed up for the Issaquah Relay For Life’s March 31 Relay Rally held at the Issaquah City Hall Eagle Room.

By Greg Farrar Emily Kargl and Gabby Salgado (from left), Skyline High School sophomores, interest Issaquah High School senior Ben Barnett in their youth participation signup forms during the Relay Rally March 31 at Issaquah City Hall.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Kargl and Gabby Salgado (from left), Skyline High School sophomores, interest Issaquah High School senior Ben Barnett in their youth participation signup forms during the Relay Rally March 31 at Issaquah City Hall.

“We had a good turnout and were able to collect a significant amount of donations, which was our goal,” event organizer Stacy Strickland said.

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Editorial — Raise smoking age to 21 to save lives

March 31, 2015

Tobacco addiction is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Washington, causing about 8,300 residents to die each year. Annual health costs now surpass $2.8 billion.

The best way to combat this crisis is to raise the legal smoking age to 21, as the Washington State Legislature is considering with SHB 1458. Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested the bill, and science supports his efforts.

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Editorial — Join the fight against cancer in Relay for Life

March 3, 2015

Cancer.

It’s a dreaded word and a deadly disease.

More than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year. You likely know someone who has battled the disease. You may have known someone who has died from some form of it.

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Family fight — Skyline sophomore Relays for her mom

March 3, 2015

Emily and Lori Kargl sat down in an Issaquah coffee shop last Friday and started rattling off names.

Contributed Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

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Emily (left) and Lori Kargl walk the track at the 2014 Issaquah Relay for Life. The Issaquah mother and daughter are actively involved in the American Cancer Society fundraiser. Lori, the mother of Skyline High School sophomore Emily, is a 22-year cancer survivor.

First, a grandmother, and then a soccer coach. Next, a neighbor, followed by a family friend. All of them, acquainted or not, were connected through a shared battle of a debilitating disease.

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Question of the week — Relay For Life

March 3, 2015

What’s your favorite story about the Issaquah Relay For Life?

Email your response to editor@isspress.com. Responses will be printed in future issues.

Caring Conley — Relay for Life volunteers pay tribute to the passion of the late Karen Conley

February 17, 2015

Issaquah resident Stacy Strickland can remember the immediate bond she felt with Karen Conley the morning they met at Relay for Life on the track behind Issaquah High School.

Contributed Karen Conley (right) and Michelle Salene, of Team Aloha, which Conley started, get a ride up in the Eastside Fire & Rescue ladder truck during a recent Relay for Life event at Issaquah High School.

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Karen Conley (right) and Michelle Salene, of Team Aloha, which Conley started, get a ride up in the Eastside Fire & Rescue ladder truck during a recent Relay for Life event at Issaquah High School.

The women were both at the school in response to an article in The Issaquah Press that described the need for additional help at the annual fundraiser that raises money to fight cancer.

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Public is invited to join Relay for Life

May 27, 2014

It may be too late to sign up a new team, but the invitation remains open to the public to join in on all the fun at the annual Relay For Life this Memorial Day weekend.

Mayor Fred Butler will kick off the event at noon May 31, setting in motion 767 participants on 93 teams circling the track at Issaquah High School, raising funds for cancer research.

“We have passed our goal of 90 teams and are well on our way to our goal of raising $300,000 for the American Cancer Society,” said event chairwoman Stacy Strickland. “We are currently pacing ahead of this time last year, so we are confident that our Issaquah community will help us reach our goal.”

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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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