I was diagnosed in early 2016 with stage 2 breast cancer and Carissa in late 2017 With stage 2 lymphoma. I underwent surgery and chemo while being pregnant with my first child. My little nugget came 8 weeks early and while she was in the nicu I underwent more chemotherapy. Carissa was diagnosed just 3 months postpartum with her youngest child. She has gone through one round of chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplanT.
I celebrated my two year remission anniversary in October around the same time we found out Carissa needs additional treatment. After Carissa’s stem cell transplant we learned there was a new tumor. Now we are continuing a new form of treatment and once in remission she will undergo a donor stem cell transplant. We are both strong and determined to never let this be someone else’s story. That is why we have joined the Be the Hope Walk to end ALL Cancers. Please consider donating and changing the future of cancer.
Join TODAY and be a part of the inaugural Be The Hope Walk in Maple Valley, WA on July 20, 2019!
Presented by Valley Girls & Guys! Our goal is 100% of the proceeds raised will be donated to Valley Girls & Guys, thanks to our generous sponsors.
One Day - One Big LOCAL Impact - Be The Hope
SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019. TWO OPTIONS to be a part of MAPLE VALLEY HISTORY!
Walk 18 MILES with a fundraising commitment of $1800.00. Join a Team, Start a Team or Walk Independently. 18 miles represents the statistic that 1 in 8 will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime (our roots). OR
1.8 MILE Walk for those undergoing treatment, family members, supporters, EVERYONE aged toddler – 100+ yrs of age! Join a Team, Start a Team or Walk Independently- Fundraising Commitment - $180.00 per walker.
Virtual Walk Can't make it to Maple Valley on July 20, 2019? No problem, support the Cause and Walk 1.8 or 18 Miles in Your Own Community! Fundraise a minimum $80 for virtual walk and receive shirt and medal.
The Route is set. We will be making our way through beautiful Maple Valley with rest stops, medic stations and break points in and around Lake Wilderness Park, Summit Park and even the MV Farmer’s Market!
After the walk, STAY AND PLAY. We will celebrate w/ live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, vendors and a closing ceremony you will not forget! All participants (in either walk) receive a shirt and a keepsake souvenir.
Valley Girls & Guys formed a cancer-fighting 501c3 non-profit in 2014 and opened a cancer resource center (The Who House) that same year. The organization supports patients of ALL cancers through signature programs such as providing personalized blankets to those undergoing cancer treatment, granting scholarships to local high school seniors, assisting under/uninsured men and women with mammograms, and granting “Who Dreams” to those with a terminal diagnosis. The Valley Girls & Guys originated as a Susan G. Komen 3day team in 2007 and through their ten-year involvement, they raised over 3.3 million dollars to fight breast cancer globally. Now the focus is local treatment, local research, and local assistance.
The Here and Now:
In January 2018, Valley Girls & Guys made a targeted $100,000.00 donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital making it possible for ten (10) children to be the first ever recipients of a Solid Tumor Immunotherapy clinical trial. This donation was made in honor of our very own Hunter Coffman from Maple Valley.
By March 2018, Valley Girls and Guys committed $500,000.00 over the next five years, to Valley Medical Center/UW Med Center in Renton WA. These funds will be (and already have been) used to purchase and provide state of the art technology for the current cancer clinic and to expand and add cancer services at the new Comprehensive Cancer Center which is currently under construction.
Valley Girls and Guys has also made an annual commitment to the patient assistance fund at Valley Medical Center which will help those undergoing cancer treatment with some of life’s other necessities or needs.
With the most grateful heart,
Tina McDonough, Founder
Valley Girls & Guys!