To the Editor — June 4, 2015

June 3, 2015

Thank you

Many people made Relay for Life a success

On May 9, our community took to the track at Issaquah High School for Issaquah’s 2015 Relay For Life. For 20 hours, we celebrated cancer survivors, remembered those no longer with us and learned about how we can continue to fight back against cancer. This year’s Relay For Life was an outstanding event, made possible by everyone involved.

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Relay For Life 2015

May 12, 2015

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Issaquah Relay For Life is May 9-10

May 5, 2015

More than 750 people will descend on Issaquah High School this weekend to take up arms against a nasty, unforgiving foe.

The fight against cancer comes to Issaquah on May 9-10 in the form of Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser that backs the nonprofit’s mission to create a world without the disease.

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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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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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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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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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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.

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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 schools get creative to bolster ‘culture of kindness’ ideals

August 26, 2014

Kym Clayton has a child who struggles with social skills and speech delays, and in her quest to find help, she stumbled across an idea from a suburban school in Pennsylvania.

By Neil Pierson In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

By Neil Pierson
In June, Sunny Hills Elementary School received its new Buddy Bench, a place for students to confront their emotions and make new friends. Pictured in the front row are Sunny Hills student Evan Baker, and Beaver Lake students Alejandro Calderon and Jade Griffiths. In the back row are Beaver Lake teacher Patrick Ford, Sunny Hills Principal Leslie Lederman and Sunny Hills PTSA President Kym Clayton.

Christian Bucks, a student at Roundtown Elementary School in York, Pa., invented a simple but effective way of helping children who were feeling sad or lonely. His Buddy Bench concept — a bench where kids can sit when they’re in need of a friend — has spread like wildfire in less than a year, reaching schools around the world.

Clayton believed the Buddy Bench might be a useful tool at Sunny Hills Elementary School, where she was PTSA president during the 2013-14 school year.

But simply going to a local hardware store and building a bench wasn’t what she had in mind.

“I think it would be really neat to be full circle, that kids are building this bench for other kids,” she explained. Read more

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