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Review Bainbridge Island FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 | Vol. 113, No. 32 | | 75¢ AS TOUGH AS THEY COME BHS student runs triathlon to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis BY BRIAN KELLY Expanded Classifieds in Kitsap Week I-522 wins big on Bainbridge, loses across Washington BY BRIAN KELLY Bainbridge Island Review Bainbridge Island Review 11.11.11. Sallie Marx will never forget that date, and the fear that nothing notable would happen. It would be just another day. 11.11.11. “I remember the night before I was thinking ... it’s one day that only happens once: 11.11.11. I remember thinking, too bad I won’t have a memorable day, because it’s just another doctor’s appointment,” said Marx, a senior at Bainbridge High School. It wasn’t. It turned out to be the day Marx finally got an answer. Since the seventh grade, Marx had suffered from unexplained pain and stiffness. Sometimes it got so bad she wasn’t able to walk much. “I was in and out of hospitals and doctors’ appointments, trying to find treatments,” she recalled. Physician after physician struggled to explain why the 13-year-old was in so much pain. Some figured it was her active sports lifestyle, but Marx said the pain was much different than what she would experience after a brutal basketball, soccer or lacrosse game. “I would wake up and I would have trouble moving my legs, because my back and hamstring muscles would be really sensitive,” she recalled. “I would try to take Advil, but it would never really go away.” The doctors’ visits and hospital trips continued. “Ultimately, when they couldn’t figure it out, they said the pain is in your head and if you try to get out of this cycle of pain, you’ll teach yourself that it’s not actually real,” Marx recalled. “In the back of my mind, I knew Bainbridge Island wants to know what it’s putting in its belly. An analysis of precinct votes by the Bainbridge Review shows that Bainbridge voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 522, the proposal on last week’s ballot that would have required labeling of genetically engineered foods. Bainbridge voters approved I-522 with a 65.3 percent “yes” vote, according to the newspaper’s analysis of unofficial returns. The proposal gained a solid majority in every one of the island’s 22 precincts, and I-522 also received 70 percent or more of the vote in four Bainbridge precincts. Statewide, it was a different story for I-522. The measure was rejected 51.7 percent to 48.2 percent, according to the latest vote tally reported on Nov. 13. turn to i-522 | A10 Votes in favor of Initiative 522 70+ % 60 - 69 % 50 - 59 % I-522, a proposal to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods, passed on Bainbridge with 65.3 percent of the vote. Photo courtesy of Josh Marx Sallie Marx, a senior at Bainbridge High, runs to the finish line of her first triathlon. She ran in the race to raise awareness of Ankylosing Spondylitis, a disease she has had since the age of 13. there was something wrong, because they wouldn’t go away, even with everything we tried. I knew it was real,” she said. Then, two years ago on that November day, her doctors found turn to tough | A13 Bainbridge Island by precinct Graphic by Clare Ortblad Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island Review, November 15, 2013

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