July 10, 2012
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.”
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.
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.
May 22, 2012
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.”
May 15, 2012
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.
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.
January 17, 2012
At its worst, epilepsy with myoclonic absences caused 1,000 seizures a day
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.
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.
December 27, 2011
The spirit of philanthropy is always alive during the holiday season, but various student-run nonprofit organizations in the Issaquah School District prove that giving back is practiced year round.
The Washington Association for Chinese Education (http://waceducation.weebly.com) is a student-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to generating interest in learning Chinese, helping students understand China and increasing the number of Chinese programs in Washington schools.
December 20, 2011
The week starts off with a bang — the entire school dressed in white, with the Issaquah High School boys basketball team winning its first home game against Newport, continuing its streak with a record of 5-0.
But before the game, a different kind of spirit was called into action. Closing the school day on Friday, Dec. 9, the student body gathered in an assembly to ignite spirit for Winter Fest Week — the annual spirit week preceding winter break — as well as to raise spirit for an important cause.
Much like for homecoming week, Issaquah is spending this year’s spirit week collecting gifts for Seattle Children’s to donate to the often-forgotten teenagers who are forced to spend the winter holidays in the confines of a hospital. These children are often left out of the standard donations to the hospital, which usually focus on gifts for infants and the elderly.