Local woman walks to support, find cure for cancer
May 28, 2009
By Jim Feehan
NEW — 5 p.m. May 28, 2009
Stephanie Nelson doesn’t know of anyone’s life that has not been touched by cancer. The owner of the Newcastle Curves store lost her sister Laura Bradley to cancer four years ago.
Nelson and a few hundred people will participate in the second annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk on Saturday at Mercer Island High School.
May was National Brain Tumor Awareness month. The money raised from the event benefits the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.
“I want to do anything I can to bring awareness to brain cancer and raise money for this cause,” Nelson said.
Curves employees Lynne Prevette, of Newcastle; Jan Scoffed, of Newport Hills; and Pat Marshall, of Bellevue, will join Nelson.
The event is dedicated to providing hope and creating community for the 1,500 patients in the Pacific Northwest diagnosed with brain cancer.
With most patients given a survival rate of one year to two years, the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk is an important tribute to the fight for time, hope and new treatment options, Nelson said.
Last year, 22,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with brain cancer. The Food and Drug Administration has approved only two treatments for brain cancer in the past 25 years.
The Seattle Brain Cancer Walk brought out 500 participants last year and raised more than $100,000 to support research for new treatments.
“All of the money raised stays here, benefiting the good work they’re doing at Swedish,” Nelson said.
How to help
Interested donors can visit www.braincancerwalk.org or call the Swedish Medical Center Foundation at 206-386-2738.