Locals walk to help find cure for cancer

July 3, 2009

By Jim Feehan

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By Jim Feehan
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.
About 1,500 people, including Nelson, raised more than $250,000 at the second annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk May 30 at Mercer Island High School. The event had three times as many participants as the previous year and raised twice as much money, according to organizers.
Some who walked have brain cancer themselves; others walked beside loved ones. And still others walked for the memory of loved ones lost.
The money raised 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.
For the second year, Nelson spearheaded the Brain Reign Team that included Curves employees and customers. The team was Nelson, Toni Trulson, Edna Hawk, Virginia Jepsen, Pat Marshall, Cheryl Payton Rose, Harriet Houghton and her three grandchildren, Jessie, McKenzsie and Tanner Houghton.
Jessie lost her father, Keith Houghton, a few years ago at age 39. He had battled brain cancer for five years.
“Though he may have lost his battle against this disease, we continue to fight the war,” she said. “He once said that life was not a sprint, but a marathon. There are times when it seems like you’ll never reach the finish line, and there are times when you’re certain it’s just around the corner.”
The event was 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.
Nelson’s team raised about $500.
“All of the money raised stays here, benefiting the good work they’re doing at Swedish,” she said.

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.

Jessie Houghton and her dog, Bob Dylan, participate in the Brain Cancer Walk on May 30 for Curves of Newcastle. Houghton’s father, Keith, died of cancer at age 39. Contributed

Jessie Houghton and her dog, Bob Dylan, participate in the Brain Cancer Walk on May 30 for Curves of Newcastle. Houghton’s father, Keith, died of cancer at age 39. Contributed

About 1,500 people, including Nelson, raised more than $250,000 at the second annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk May 30 at Mercer Island High School. The event had three times as many participants as the previous year and raised twice as much money, according to organizers.

Some who walked have brain cancer themselves; others walked beside loved ones. And still others walked for the memory of loved ones lost.

The money raised 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.

For the second year, Nelson spearheaded the Brain Reign Team that included Curves employees and customers. The team was Nelson, Toni Trulson, Edna Hawk, Virginia Jepsen, Pat Marshall, Cheryl Payton Rose, Harriet Houghton and her three grandchildren, Jessie, McKenzsie and Tanner Houghton.

Jessie lost her father, Keith Houghton, a few years ago at age 39. He had battled brain cancer for five years.

“Though he may have lost his battle against this disease, we continue to fight the war,” she said. “He once said that life was not a sprint, but a marathon. There are times when it seems like you’ll never reach the finish line, and there are times when you’re certain it’s just around the corner.”

The event was 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.

Nelson’s team raised about $500.

“All of the money raised stays here, benefiting the good work they’re doing at Swedish,” she said.

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