Lightning McQueen to appear at Bounce for Hope benefit

January 15, 2013

Kids and parents alike can get their picture taken with the real Lightning McQueen race car at the second annual Bounce for Hope benefit for Seattle Children’s at Kidz Bounce in Preston on Jan. 21.

The event is organized by Hope on the Hill Guild, a group founded in 2009 that seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of children treated at Seattle Children’s and their families.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the hospital’s uncompensated care program, which provides funding for the treatment of all children, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

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Keep little ghouls, goblins safe on Halloween night

October 23, 2012

City officials reminded Issaquah residents and motorists to remain on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Most neighborhoods turn into haunting grounds for dozens of trick-or-treating children on Halloween night, and safety is a paramount concern for parents and police.

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Camp Korey lets ailing teen feel normal

July 10, 2012

Kara Denson and Tobi both wear perpetual smiles whenever Kara is riding, here during a recent schooling show at the Freedom Run Equestrian Center in Maple Valley, where Tobi stays. Contributed

Imagine only having one week a year to feel normal. That is the life of Kara Denson, a local 15-year-old suffering from mitochondrial disease.

Camp Korey at Carnation Farm hosts youths with certain life-altering medical conditions each week. Mitochondrial disease week is from July 23-27.

Diagnosed at age 4, Kara now has many other health problems related to her primary disease. For example, she can’t eat much so to obtain enough nutrition, Kara has a feeding tube to help. Mostly though, she said her lack of energy to do things normal people do is her biggest obstacle.

“At Camp Korey, it’s completely normal to be tired after one event and everyone understands if you need a break,” Kara said.

Ages 6 through 16 from all across the United States come because the only other camp for the condition is in upstate New York. After 16, attendees have the opportunity to become a leader-in-training and at 18, they can become counselors. Kara said she is looking forward to doing both.

Last year, she and her roommates joked about being the noisiest group because of all of the medical equipment that was hooked up to each of them.

“We can have a good sense of humor about it,” Kara said. “We sounded like a symphony.”

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Issaquah Rotary is part of district given First Citizen Award

July 3, 2012

Rotary International District 5030 — which runs from Mill Creek to Enumclaw — has recently found itself in distinguished company.

The district, which includes the Rotary Club of Issaquah, joins the Gates family, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and former Seattle Mariner Jamie Moyer as recipients of the Seattle-King County First Citizen Award for their commitment to community and public service.

Don Oellrich, president of the Rotary Club of Issaquah, said being part of the district that received the award is an honor.

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Who’s News

June 26, 2012

Greater Issaquah Toastmasters honored

The Greater Issaquah Toastmasters has achieved Toastmasters International’s highest distinction for a fifth straight year.

To earn the distinction of President’s Distinguished Club, a club must meet at least nine of 10 challenging criteria.

In addition, members Dan Bone, Holly Greenspoon and Madeline Wall recently completed their Competent Communication Manual, which comprises the first 10 Toastmasters speeches, each focusing on development of a specific speaking skill. Upon completion of the Competent Communication Manual, members move into advanced manuals and are eligible for membership in advanced clubs.

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Issaquah High School golfers on par to raise awareness of rare disease

May 22, 2012

Calvin sits with his mom Trisha Bertsch after the Cheryl’s Garden Angels finished their gift basket project. By Krista Mui

It was last fall when Issaquah High School student Weston Mui first met his neighbor Calvin Bertsch, a 4-year-old who has mitochondrial disease.

The illness results from mitochondria failure and delays development growth, and can cause strokes, seizures, heart and kidney problems, and immune- system failures among children.

Inspired to raise support and awareness for the disease, Mui and his longtime friend Bryan Jung, also an IHS student, collaborated to organize a golf tournament to benefit the Northwest Mitochondrial Research Guild. It was a natural for the two teens, who play on the high school’s varsity golf team.

The tournament is at 1 p.m. June 2 at the Willows Run Par 3 Course in Redmond. A full 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the guild.

“Bryan and I wanted to combine our passion of golf with our desire to help Calvin and other children with this disease,” Mui said. “We hope to help raise awareness about it to raise funds for mitochondrial research.”

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Newcastle author pens children’s book after bout with heart failure

May 15, 2012

Carolyn Banguero (right), Newcastle resident and ‘Paolo’s Adventures’ author, signs a book for a fan at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. Contributed

Newcastle resident Carolyn Banguero had just been flown halfway across the United States in a small medical plane to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio after being diagnosed with heart failure — the same hospital where her father had died with the same condition 25 years before.

That was a Wednesday.

She was to be hooked up to an IV with medication, a breathing tube and a medical device that would force her heart to pump.

“It was freaky,” she said. “I had never even broken a bone.”

By Monday, the Federal Way School District teacher was told by doctors to be ready to receive a heart transplant because her heart was only doing about 6 percent of the work it should be doing.

She was only 31.

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Who’s News

May 8, 2012

Triad Financial Strategies CEO wins Five Star honor

Triad Financial Strategies, an award-winning wealth management firm located in Issaquah, recently announced that Tait Lane, its managing principal and CEO, has been selected as a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager. His selection will be published in the April 2012 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Lane has been in the financial industry since 1998. His areas of practice include asset management, alternative investments, estate planning and retirement planning, and income strategies.

Triad Financial Strategies Inc. is an independent wealth-advisory firm. Its broker/dealer is LPL Financial Inc., the largest independent broker/dealer in the country as reported by Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2011, based on total revenue.

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Issaquah youth kicks rare form of epilepsy

January 17, 2012

At its worst, epilepsy with myoclonic absences caused 1,000 seizures a day

Gabe Uribe, 10, a proficient soccer player, shows his prowess by kicking the ball held by his sister Ava, 7, and his mother Cindy. By Greg Farrar

Cindy Uribe can remember when her 10-year-old son was just 16 months old, turning heads on the soccer pitch.

“We’d gone to the Seattle University’s soccer field for a pickup game. Gabe had an infant’s soccer ball and was dribbling it up and down the sideline,” she recalled. “The adults were amazed by Gabe showing such control at such a young age.”

However, Gabe is just now regaining those promising soccer skills. At age 3, something happened. A bout with a rare form of epilepsy sidetracked all of his motor skills.

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Guild bounces to Issaquah fundraiser for Seattle Children’s

January 3, 2012

Based in Issaquah, the Hope on the Hill Guild has announced its inaugural “Bounce for Hope” benefit for Seattle Children’s.

The event is set for Jan. 16 at KidzBounce in Issaquah.

Proceeds from event ticket sales and activities will be donated to Seattle Children’s uncompensated care program, which aims to allow children to receive treatment at the Seattle medical facility regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Last year, Seattle Children’s provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care, according to the guild.

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