Friday the 13th of July was anything but spooky as nearly 80 friends, clients and supporters of Cancer Lifeline gathered at Bellevue Botanical Garden for the second annual Out of the Ordinary Event. With onsite gifts and a board and advisory board match, ticket sales and sponsorships, over $37,000 was raised in one night!
More importantly, Out of the Ordinary was a joyful event because we were able to connect with friends, patients and caregivers on the Eastside and talk about what we’re doing every day: providing education, emotional support and financial assistance to people affected by a cancer diagnosis. Since last year we’ve added Overlake Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Proton Therapy Center to our list of growing community partners which includes Evergreen Health, Valley Medical Center and Northwest Hospital, making Cancer Lifeline services more accessible than ever before.
With 80s covers by Ready, Steady, Go!, the evening featured greetings from Ivy Sager-Rosenthal, vice president of Cancer Lifeline’s board of directors, an update from Tricia Matteson, an oncology social worker at Swedish Cancer Institute in Issaquah and facilitator of the OHN Group and the Living with Cancer group at Evergreen, and a personal story from Mary Ellen Shands, Cancer Lifeline’s Clinical Program Manager.
Thanks to all who attended and who gave at the event. You are the heroes that individuals and families living with cancer need.