Families organize Issaquah run to help boy battling rare disease

April 14, 2011

NEW — 1 p.m. April 14, 2011

Calvin Bertsch

Families in the neighborhoods along the southern shore of Lake Sammamish plan to gather Sunday for the Calvin Bertsch Rainbow Fun Run, to honor the life of a 3-year-old boy bravely battling mitochondrial disease.

The 1.67-mile family run starts at 3 p.m. at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E., rain or shine. Organizers recommend donations of $10 per person or $25 per family in order to offset the family’s mounting medical bills.

Participants can preregister, donate at the run or mail tax-deductible donations to IMPACT, c/o Matt Wimmer, 4708 193rd Place S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027. IMPACT is a nonprofit organization.

Calvin arrived Nov. 19, 2007 — almost seven weeks earlier than the expected due date.

Read more

Gold Star

April 5, 2011

Key Club goes extra mile

For her 17th birthday, Issaquah High School Key Club President Kaileen Dougherty celebrated by helping others.

She and more than 100 Key Club members made Valentine’s Day cards for Seattle Children’s and made two banners that read “IHS Key Club Loves You!” that she and student Aaron Tham delivered to Aegis Living and Regency Newcastle.

Key Club members who helped with the project received a piece of homemade birthday cake. Seattle Children’s staff had nothing but positive anecdotes about children in hospital beds thrilled to know that some “high school kid” was thinking about them, Dougherty said.

Gold Star

March 15, 2011

Students collect 7,500 crayons

Cougar Ridge Elementary School students

The students at Cougar Ridge Elementary School have collected 7,500 crayons for the patients at Seattle Children’s.

By working with parent advisers Kavita Hegde and Jennifer Goldberg, students used goal-setting strategies, marking skills and leadership talents to put together the crayon drive. Their business acumen paid off, with the students collecting the 7,500 crayons in less than a month, from Jan. 19 to Feb. 28.

Children’s uses more than 100,000 crayons each year. Efforts like those made by the Cougar Ridge Student Council help the hospital offset the cost of purchasing crayons and allow those funds to be used for more immediate needs, such as uncompensated care.

Raise the Dough for Seattle Children’s

March 8, 2011

Diners looking for a savory or sweet treat can get both and help sick children at the Hope on the Hill guild’s second annual fundraiser in the Issaquah Highlands on March 22.

Mark Mullet’s two franchises — Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s — will donate 20 percent of the day’s sales, including take out and delivery, to uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s.

Last year, before Mullet opened Ben & Jerry’s, the fundraiser raised $1,200 for the hospital at Zeeks. This year, the guild has a goal of raising at least $1,500, Hope on the Hill event chair Amy Trenary said.

In 2010, the hospital provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care to families in need.

“We want all kids to be able to have access to the best health care possible, regardless of their family’s ability to pay,” Trenary said.

The guild started in 2009 and has collected money and toys for Seattle Children’s through a variety of ways, including the Tea for Hope auction.

Read more

Leaders of tomorrow are taking charge today

February 22, 2011

You don’t need to look far to see the impact of Issaquah teens’ service projects.

By Iman Baghai

Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual South African Humanitarian Project, a youth-run initiative, raises truckloads of school supplies for African orphanages each year.

Skyline High School’s Katie Mincin recently organized an Invisible Children Awareness Week that earned more than $4,000 in donations for the global nonprofit.

Beat writer Kim Bussing and classmate Kaileen Dougherty, of Issaquah High School, are holding a Destination Imagination event March 5 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus, where younger kids have the chance to participate in science fair type activities, acting and the arts.

Last year, Bussing and Dougherty raised $900 for Haiti by selling concessions at the event. This year, they plan to donate the earnings to Seattle Children’s.

Read more

Cody Habben finds success on UW line

February 8, 2011

Cody Habben

Football may rank among Cody Habben’s top priorities, but family always comes first.

“That’s one of the things we’re proud of,” Mike Habben said of his son. “Both our boys understand what family means.”

“We’re very close,” Habben added.

The family is so tight-knit, in fact, that when the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle for the University of Washington capped off his 2010 season with a Holiday Bowl victory against Nebraska, many of his family members were there to celebrate.

“We had over 20 people fly out from the Midwest to watch the game,” Mike Habben said.

Regardless of continuous family support, getting to a Holiday Bowl during his senior year, which Habben described as an “ultimate high,” was a process.

Along with his older brother Zach, the former all-state lineman at Skyline High School began his involvement with sports at a young age.

Read more

Gold Star

February 8, 2011

Lacrosse team lights up hospital

Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team lit up Seattle Children’s with strings of holiday lights Dec. 11.

The team members regularly volunteer together, and have already leant their services to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Calling for Kids, tree planting in the Issaquah Highlands and mentoring the Issaquah Youth Lacrosse teams.

Their season opens at 7:30 p.m. March 11, with a game against Couer d’ Alene, Idaho at Issaquah High School Stadium, 700 Second Ave. S.E.

Issaquah High School graduate ‘Santa Al’ brings Christmas joy to ailing children

December 21, 2010

Al Krush, a.k.a. Santa Claus

Santa Claus faced a daunting task just before Thanksgiving.

Clad in street clothes, the holiday figure hurried to Seattle Children’s on a mission. Santa Claus had been summoned to the bedside of a cancer-stricken boy to celebrate Christmas early. Doctors said the boy seemed unlikely to survive until the holiday.

So, the plainclothes Santa Claus retired to a nearby hospital room and transformed into the familiar figure — all red and green, fur and velvet.

(The hospital has strict rules regarding costumed characters on campus due to security concerns and infection-control procedures. Hence, the need for Santa Claus to change inside the hospital.)

Read more

Discovery Elementary students finish marathon in months

November 30, 2010

Discovery Elementary School students Kiley Prutzman (left) and Anjai Bhuthpur run laps around the school baseball diamond during lunch recess. By Katie McDorman

A total of 30 students laced their shoes, stretched their legs and — during a two-month period — ran a marathon.

Discovery Elementary School first-grade teacher Reyna Yamamoto started the running club in late September, teaching her students how to warm up and cheering them on as they ran laps around the school’s baseball diamonds during lunch recess and early morning Thursday practices.

Just as in walkathon, students carried cards marking their progress. Every six laps around the diamonds equals one mile, and the students tried to run at least three miles per week, gaining endurance and confidence for the Nov. 27 Seattle Marathon.

For those who had accrued enough miles, the 1.2-mile Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon pushed the Discovery students to reach the 26.2-mile mark. Read more

Event of the Month

November 23, 2010

Jingle Bell Bash

Dec. 4 at the WaMu Theater, Seattle — The popular concert that marks the true advent of winter festivities returns, featuring 3OH!3, the Maine, All Time Low, A Rocket to the Moon and many others, including a surprise guest. Ticket prices range from $45 to $300 and sell out fast. One dollar from each ticket sale goes to supporting the Seattle Children’s Radiothon. Visit Kiss 106.1 FM’s website for more information.

« Previous PageNext Page »