Cancer survivor sets sights on Ironman Canada

June 24, 2014

To the untrained eye, Paul Weigel, 44, seems like your typical Issaquah resident — a healthy, hardworking family man with an unquenchable thirst for fitness and the great outdoors.

While most use the summer months for leisure, Weigel spends his time training to compete in the Ironman Canada competition in July in Whistler, British Colombia.

Contributed Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Paul Weigel takes his first steps with his daughter Natalie, 4, after cancer surgery.

Self-described as “5-foot-10 and about 200 pounds,” Weigel arrives for an interview in a tan T-shirt, green khaki pants and running shoes. A bike sits securely latched atop his car, which he said was in need of a tune-up.

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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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Overlake hosts local cancer-prevention event

June 14, 2011

One hundred and fifty people attended the Learn and Live Well Cancer Prevention Event presented by Overlake Hospital Medical Center on June 11 at Eastridge Church in Issaquah.

Garrett Knapp, doctor of physical therapy with Overlake Hospital, shares information about body mass index testing. By Jill Green

Participants visited booths and listened to presentations about reducing stress, making exercise easy, and helping prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.

Pam Rock, director of Overlake’s Cancer Center, said the hospital has a real commitment to providing education events to the public.

“Our hope for this event is to increase awareness of choices people can make to reduce their chances of cancer,” she said.

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Fighting together: Cancer survivor inspires beauty and barber school to host fundraiser

April 27, 2010

It was a long battle, but Diane Davis said the support of her students at Evergreen Beauty & Barber College’s Bellevue campus helped her find the strength to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008.

“The hardest part was telling my family, I have two daughters, and helping them calm down,” said Davis, an Issaquah resident. “The treatments were rough, of course, too.

“But people here were so supportive.”

On behalf of Davis and other students and instructors who have battled cancer, the college and its students decided to host a fundraiser for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at both its Everett and Bellevue campuses, said Frank Trieu, director of the Bellevue Campus.

“This is a family-owned business,” he said. “It’s about our students, not about our business. Our business is to help our students grow holistically.”

“I think it’s wonderful that our students want to help,” Davis said. “Though, I didn’t go through Cancer Care Alliance, I know they have wonderful support services that are beneficial to people and families fighting cancer.”

The fundraiser asks patrons to purchase an Easter egg for $1, Trieu said. Inside the egg, like any good Easter egg, is a surprise, like $49 off microdermabrasion or $35 off a hair color treatment at the school.

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