Students prove ’tis the season to give back

December 27, 2011

Lee Xie Issaquah High School

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 ( 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.

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The holiday spirit is alive and well

December 20, 2011

Hall Monitor By Madison Callan Issaquah High School

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.

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Youth soccer club holds toy collection at Issaquah High School

December 8, 2011

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 8, 2011

The Issaquah Soccer Club is holding a toy drive to benefit Seattle Children’s.

For the last day of the drive, the group will collect new, unwrapped toys from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

The drive was the brainchild of two club players, Jaden Humbyrd and Brooke Mayes. Both are 8 years old and play for the ISC Gunners.

“The girls are very excited about giving the toys to the kids and hope for a great last day of donations,” said Jaden’s mother, Sherida Humbyrd.

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Family keeps up the fight against ‘silent killer,’ cystic fibrosis

November 29, 2011

Molly Hamilton

Erin Hamilton remembers the day “life stopped.” She was on Exit 13, on her way home from Seattle Children’s, her 10-day old daughter strapped snuggly in her car seat, her husband by her side.

“Molly has cystic fibrosis,” the doctor told her.

Hamilton doesn’t remember much after that.

“Those two words were like hearing a death sentence,” she said.

That moment was the beginning of a journey full of tears, pain and frustration, as Hamilton and her husband Bill sought to educate themselves and those around them about a disease little understood, but one where significant advancements have been occurring to extend the life of those afflicted.

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Issaquah Soccer Club raises $3,500 for Seattle Children’s

November 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011

Issaquah Soccer Club members donated $3,500 to Seattle Children’s to honor a player treated at the hospital and to help other children.

Soon after Gabriel Uribe turned 3, doctors diagnosed him with a severe form of epilepsy. Gabriel, barely able to walk or talk, Gabriel suffered more than 1,000 epileptic seizures per day during the worst period. Doctors told his parents he had only a 50 percent chance of surviving to adulthood, until he started treatment at Seattle Children’s.

Nowadays, Gabriel is a healthy 10-year-old and a member of the Issaquah Soccer Club’s Gunners premier squad.

Gabriel accompanied Issaquah Soccer Club President and Bret Knutson and Jimmy Ball, director of coaching, to present the $3,500 check to Seattle Children’s.

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Swedish/Issaquah adds 80 patient beds, services

October 25, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah physicians plan to start delivering babies and performing more complicated surgeries Nov. 1, as the hospital rolls out additional services and opens 80 patient beds on the $365 million campus.

The change adds expectant mothers and intensive care unit patients to the bustling hospital months after physicians started offering routine checkups, outpatient surgical procedures and numerous other services.

The additions also mean emergency responders can transport more patients to the Swedish/Issaquah emergency room — and cut the time ambulances spend on the road to and from other Eastside and Seattle hospitals.

“It rounds out the rest of the services and makes it a fully functioning community hospital,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said as the opening neared. “We’ve been doing basically everything — except if you needed to stay overnight — until this point.”

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she then tells you a booth number or offers you a business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner. Find clues on Facebook, too.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Roving Fish Fan prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason Medical Center’s MediSpa, plus prizes from BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, Orthopedic Physician Associates, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Coldwell Banker Bain and Seattle Children’s.

Therapies help pachygyria sufferers

July 19, 2011

Pachygyria is a neuronal migration disorder that results in too few gyri, or folds in the brain, according to Seattle Children’s pediatric neurologist Alexander Paciorkowski.

Isolated pachygyria means that only one part of the brain is affected; extensive pachygyria signifies that most of the brain is absent of gyri. The condition is closely related to lissencephaly, a term used to describe the condition of a brain that is completely smooth.

Pachygyria is classified as a rare condition. Neurologists and geneticists consider rare conditions to arise in less than 1 in 2,000 people. Though in most cases it is genetic, sometimes pachygyria can be caused by infection early in a pregnancy.

During fetal development, neurons must migrate from their place of origin deep inside the brain to their proper neural circuits near the brain’s surface. Neuronal migration, which can occur as early as the second month of gestation, is controlled by chemical signals. Neurons that settle outside of their designated locations cause the brain to develop structural abnormalities.

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Engagement: Lambert, Speight

July 19, 2011

Daryl Lambert and Amy Speight

Daryl Lambert and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, of Redmond, announce the engagement of their son, Craig Lambert, to Amy Speight, of Mukilteo.

Speight, the daughter of Shannon and Rachel Speight, of Freeland, is a graduate of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing and works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Seattle Children’s.

Craig Lambert is a graduate of Redmond High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington State University. He is a Kappa Sigma alumnus with a degree in construction management. He works for The Boeing Co. in Everett.

The couple plans to wed in March 2012 and make their home in Mukilteo.

Swedish emergency room services to relocate July 14

July 12, 2011

Swedish Medical Center administrators and physicians plan to transfer emergency room services from the standalone facility near Lake Sammamish to Swedish/Issaquah early July 14.

The relocation is poised to unfold in a careful choreography as the initial phase of the hospital opens to patients. Dispatchers plan to direct ambulances to the hospital ER in the Issaquah Highlands starting at midnight.

“We’re doing this transition in the middle of the night because that is our lull point. Typically, the lowest census in any emergency department is that kind of 3-4 a.m. range,” said Dr. John Milne, a Swedish emergency physician and Issaquah resident. “Most sane people are asleep.”

The portion of the hospital for inpatients does not come online until November.

Jeff Griffin, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief of operations, said agency administrators continue to update ambulance crews about the change. EFR emergency crews also toured the Swedish/Issaquah ER to prepare for the transition.

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