Top Doc — Issaquah doctor is one of parents’ favorite pediatricians

November 26, 2014

More than 2,100 nominations poured in and judges were moved — sometimes to tears — by stories of physicians who give out their cell phone number, attend school meetings to advocate for children and personally pay for medications for families who can’t afford them.

By Greg Farrar Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

By Greg Farrar
Dr. Rebecca Partridge (center), of Issaquah, and her son Joshua, 12, visit Squak Valley Park for some recent afternoon recreation.

Choosing seven contest winners was difficult. (Those on the board of advisers were not eligible.) Each received $1,000 to donate to a child-focused charity, and the parent who nominated each winner got a $500 gift card to Walmart, courtesy of Desitin. (Some doctors were nominated by more than one parent; the nominator awarded the gift card submitted the most convincing nomination.) Among the seven doctors whose kindness and commitment blew the judges away was Rebecca L. Partridge, M.D., of Issaquah, who was nominated by Chelle Johnson.

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Soccer teams host Down syndrome awareness night

October 21, 2014

On April 29, 2002, Melissa Wyman and husband Kevin won what she calls, “the ticket of a lifetime.”

It was the day the Liberty High School soccer coach welcomed her son, Campbell, now a sports-loving, determined 12-year-old that just happens to have Down syndrome.

“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. You don’t know what to expect,” Wyman said. “You hear people say he’s not going to be able do this or that, but I sure wasn’t about to let someone tell me what or who my son should be. He will be Campbell.”

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Kindering hosts ‘Sesame Street’ writer at annual fundraiser

October 12, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 12, 2013

Emily Perl Kingsley, a writer, author and 20-time daytime Emmy Award winner, will speak at Kindering’s annual Salute to Courage benefit luncheon Oct. 17.

Kingsley, who has a son with Down syndrome, was instrumental in expanding the cast of “Sesame Street” to include children with disabilities.

Kindering is the Eastside’s largest early intervention center for children with special needs. The organization served more than 3,500 children and families last year.

The event is free, but donations are encouraged. It begins at noon at the Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way N.E. RSVP here or call 289-7506.