Newcastle residents race for Renee

April 8, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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NEW — 3:30 p.m. April 8, 2013

Washington State Patrol Trooper Renee Padgett doesn’t live in Newcastle, but with a storied history that includes the successful creation of a program to put photos of missing children on blank semi trucks, it’s no wonder that locals have stepped up to support her as she courageously fights cancer.

In May 2012, doctors diagnosed Padgett with a rare cancer called multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white-blood cell present in bone marrow.

“It’s not a curable cancer, but she is one of the most positive people I know,” said Marcella Egan, Padgett’s friend and caretaker. “I wouldn’t be able to go through what she’s going through. She doesn’t let anything get her down.”

Several Newcastle parents know Padgett from St. Madeline Sophie Catholic School in Bellevue, where their kids attend school together.

“Renee is a fellow mom at St. Madeline Sophie School and she’s such an inspiration to our Newcastle school and family community,” said Newcastle resident Holly King. “She is a strong and optimistic fighter that has many people praying for her.”

On April 21, fellow troopers and the nonprofit ‘Cops with Cancer,’ will host a 5K run/walk to support Padgett. Funds from registration and donations will go toward paying for her treatment.

The race begins at 9:30 a.m. at Marymoor Park in Redmond. There is also a shorter youth race that begins at 10:30 a.m.

“When she was diagnosed, she was a pillar of strength and basically decided to look this cancer in the face and fight,” said Newcastle resident Diana Traverso. “Her tenacity, and spirit takes her far with everything she does, and I know that she will treat this diagnosis with the same thinking.”

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