School community takes heart in student with transplant

March 17, 2015

Maddie Sprague is the typical kindergarten student in many ways. She loves art, puzzles, singing and dancing, and make-believe stories. She also loves her three brothers — Warren, Jake and Joe.

Contributed Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

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Maddie Sprague is still recovering from a heart transplant. Friends are raising funds to pay for the costly surgery.

“They all squabble, of course, but they’re very close and enjoy being together,” said Jeannie Sprague, their mother.

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Childhood cancer survivor now returns the favor for others

February 17, 2015

For Issaquah native Abigail Houck, now 23, the news arrived in the summer following third grade: At the age of 9, she was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Abigail Houck

Abigail Houck

And while it seems highly unlikely Houck will ever say being diagnosed with a childhood cancer was a good thing, it certainly has influenced her life.

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Swedish Issaquah is chosen to treat Ebola

November 18, 2014

Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus is now one of eight hospitals throughout the state designated to receive and treat potential cases of Ebola.

Hospitals in the state are undergoing preparations for possibly dealing with Ebola cases, according to a Nov. 17 press release from the Washington State Department of Health.

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Iran-born local competes for Miss Washington USA

October 14, 2014

Elena Tavakoli, 26, Miss Issaquah Plateau USA 2014, is competing for 2015 Miss Washington USA, the state pageant qualifier to Miss USA.

Elena Tavakoli

Elena Tavakoli

This is Tavakoli’s first pageant. She said she hopes to inspire others to get outside their comfort zone.

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Recycle with purpose at electronics’ event

September 23, 2014

Windermere Real Estate teams up with 1 Green Planet to host its inaugural electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at its Issaquah office, 1810 15th Place N.W.

“A lot of people aren’t sure where to take their electronics, big appliances, motorcycles, barbecues and a number of others things to properly get rid of them, so we are providing them with the opportunity,” Erin Etchemendy, Windermere sales and listing coordinator, said. “We also really want to give 1 Green Planet the chance to get their name out there so people know where to go in the future.”

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Participate in Do Something Great drive

September 16, 2014

Macaroni Kid is promoting the annual Do Something Great drive to get people involved in their community.

The organization is sponsoring:

Sept. 18: Bounce to Benefit Animals, 4-6 p.m., Kidz Bounce, 8178 304th Ave S.E., Issaquah. A percent of proceeds will go to the Seattle Humane Society. Families are encouraged to donate needed items. Children can also visit the MaxMobile, an adoption bus filled with adoptable animals.

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 8, 2014

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Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children under age 15. Every year, 15,000 get cancer, with one out of every five losing the battle.

On Sept. 2, the King County Council recognized those King County families fighting the disease and the professionals helping them by declaring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in King County.

The American Cancer Fund for Children Inc. and Kids Cancer Connection Inc. were created 20 years ago with the focus of helping children with cancer and their families.

Locally, those agencies work with Seattle Children’s and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, providing a variety of vital patient psychosocial services to children undergoing cancer treatment.

Big Fish Grill donates $1,000 to Seattle Children’s

July 20, 2014

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Carrie Orrico, owner of Big Fish Grill, presented a $1,000 check to Katie Fath, of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, July 11.

The money was raised from a wine-tasting event held in the private dining room at The Big Fish Grill in Issaquah on June 24.

The event featured John Bigelow, of JM Cellars in Woodinville. Bigelow presented a select group of his wines to 28 attendees and shared stories about how he entered the wine business, the current wine culture and growing grapes in the state of Washington.

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Help Raise the Dough for Seattle Children’s at Zeeks Pizza on June 16

June 10, 2014

Hope on the Hill Guild is having its third annual Raise the Dough benefit for Seattle Children’s.

This year’s event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 16 at Zeeks Pizza in the Issaquah Highlands. The event will also receive a portion of sales from Ben & Jerry’s, also in the Issaquah Highlands.

Twenty percent of the day’s sales — including dine-in, take-out and delivery — will be donated to the hospital’s uncompensated care program, allowing children to receive world-class medical treatment, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Last year, with the help of organizations such as Hope on the Hill Guild, Seattle Children’s provided more than $103 million in uncompensated care to families in need.

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Goddard School artists fundraiser tops $3,000

May 20, 2014

The Goddard School in Issaquah raised $3,345 for Seattle Children’s, thanks to its annual art auction April 25-26.

The school auctioned pieces inspired by famous artists with a unique spin in that its preschoolers crafted the re-creations.

More than 100 pieces were sold by all five of the Seattle-area Goddard School locations, earning a total of $18,000 for Seattle Children’s.

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