As most of you know, my husband Greg has brain cancer. Almost one year ago Greg went in for an MRI , on the way home from the scan the doctor called and said there was a brain tumor and that we were to immediately go to the emergency room at Tacoma General Hospital. We went in for the MRI at about 9:00 am and at 11:00 pm that same day Greg was being wheeled into the operating room to have the tumor removed. Two weeks later we received the heart wrenching news that it was cancer. Greg started treatment with 6 weeks of radiation and then began the chemotherapy 4 weeks after that. He has tackled treatment head on and never complains, when asked how he's doing he says he's doing "Great". We have received so many prayers and are so thankful for all the love and support. Since Greg's diagnosis, my very good friend Phil was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer, his wife Susie diagnosed with breast cancer and my Dad diagnosed with colon cancer. I have felt helpless this past year and unable to help the people I love. When I heard about this walk, that 100% of donations goes to fight all cancer I finally felt like there is something I can do. Please help me reach my goal of raising $1800.00.
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.
We would also like to personally thank Les Schwab Tires, who is our Presenting Sponsor. To learn more about Les Schwab you can visit their website at http://www.lesschwab.com. Les Schwab is committed to supporting this event and Valley Girls & Guys!, and we look forward to walking with their employees and the Les Schwab Team in July!
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!