Issaquah mother Relays for more time

April 21, 2015

When doctors diagnosed Issaquah mom Sheila Cecil with a rare sarcoma in 2000, her three children were just 5, 9 and 10 years old.

“For a long time, I remember thinking, ‘I’m not going to be here for them, to see them grow up,’” she said.

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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.

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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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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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Issaquah Relay for Life has a record weekend

June 11, 2013

In raising money for the American Cancer Society, the annual Relay for Life had a record-setting weekend.

Returning to its original location at the newly remodeled Issaquah High School, Event Chairwoman Gwen Schweitzer said that more teams than ever registered, pulling in the highest sum the 15 years of the event has seen.

“It was fantastic,” she said. “We had a great turnout.”

She said that the 20 -hour relay, which began at 6 p.m. June 7, raised more than $258,000. With a $300,000 goal for the year, she was very pleased with how close the event brought them. Eighty-nine teams took part, besting the previous record of 84 teams, set last year.

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