June 4, 2010
UPDATED — 3 p.m. June 4, 2010
The Issaquah Relay for Life is Saturday and Sunday with teams walking around the track for an 18-hour period.
“The 18 hours represents the typical period of cancer treatment where patients frequently have sleepless nights,” co-chair Stacy Strickland explained.
Last year, 80 teams participated, with about 60 percent of those high school and middle school students. They raked in $220,000.
“So many have been touched by cancer, but the bad economic times don’t care about cancer,” she said. “So, it’s so refreshing to see how many still provide donations.”
May 18, 2010
Stacy Strickland’s father was diagnosed with lung carcinoma in 1992, when she was just 16. Six weeks later, he succumbed to the disease.
“It was a tough thing for anyone to go through,” Strickland said. “Especially for a 16-year-old.”
It would take her 18 years to find an outlet in the community to help support the American Cancer Society.
“Ironically, I found about the Relay for Life from an article in The Issaquah Press,” she said.
She joined the next year. She has since been a team captain, a planning team member and is event co-chair this year.
The concept for the Relay for Life is fairly simple. Form a team, with each member tasked to raise at least $100 for walking around the track for an 18-hour period.
“The 18 hours represents the typical period of cancer treatment where patients frequently have sleepless nights,” Strickland explained. “At the beginning of the event, you feel the adrenaline rush and then by morning you’re exhausted, but still have the feeling of ‘I did it.’”
May 18, 2010
To be successful, this marathon is a team sport
The doctor walked into the conference room and set my medical file down on the table. She had a long, forlorn look. I could tell she was not bringing me good news.
“The test results came in and,” after pausing for a second, she continued, “you have cancer.”
Now, I like to joke with my doctors. I was trying to find a humorous comeback, but nothing was coming to mind. With cancer, there just isn’t anything funny.
Finally, I replied, “Is this one of those cancers that can be cured quickly?” Already I was thinking about covering high school sports in the fall.
The doctor answered, “No. This is one of the bad ones. You have multiple myeloma.” Read more
April 27, 2010
City governance was more than a job for Kos
It’s hard to imagine the city of Issaquah without City Administrator Leon Kos behind the scenes. When he arrived in 1977, Issaquah was still a one-stoplight town. He has been there for every stoplight since. Read more
February 23, 2010
Youth activism can lead to a better world
Teens today are changing the world one day and one life at a time and Issaquah youths are joining the movement.
Volunteering by 16- to 19-year-olds has more than doubled since 1989, from 13.4 percent to 28.4 percent, according to a 2007 report from The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that oversees service programs in the U.S. Volunteering by that age group is also 36 percent higher than it was in 1974, when it was 20.9 percent. Today, 8.2 million people ages 16-24 volunteer their time.
Mitchell Byron, a Liberty High School alumni who volunteered for Athletes for Kids and is deaf, is one of them.
“I want to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” he said.
Students are learning philanthropy at home; through community organizations, like Kiwanis and Rotary clubs; in children’s leadership groups; and in school, according to the agency’s reports.
Locally, there is an Issaquah School Board policy dedicated to ensuring students learn philanthropy before they graduate, said Superintendent Steve Rasmussen.
“Globally, we want kids to know that we’re in a world that they can impact, personally and in larger groups,” he said. “I want them to know what they do impacts the rest of the world, and it is incumbent upon them to be much wiser than my generation.”
Students in Issaquah have taken that message to heart, not just for their grades, but also in hopes of leaving their world better.
“We have to take action to see the outcome that we want,” said Lindsay Baringer, a senior at Issaquah High School who volunteers with the Issaquah Schools Foundation. “If you help out, the world will be a nicer place to live.”
June 4, 2009
March 23, 2009
The official Issaquah Relay for Life event is still over two months away. But that’s not stopping one group of enterprising teens from getting a head start on fundraising to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s annual event in June.
January 18, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 2008
The kickoff meeting for Relay for Life team captains to pick up team materials is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sammamish Starbucks, 3016 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road S.E.
The 2009 American Cancer Society Relay for Life Issaquah fundraiser returns May 30-31.
Event co-chair Karen Conely said each team should have between eight and 15 members and be able to walk a total of 20 hours on the track.
“The saying goes, ‘Cancer never sleeps,’ so neither will we,” she said. Read more