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Auto Body / Collision FIRST PLACE |

Adult In-Home Care FIRST PLACE |

COMFORT KEEPERS 2nd Village Green Retirement 3rd Brookdale Foundation House

BOB BJORNEBY'S CARSTAR FEDERAL WAY COLLISION 2nd Blackstone's Collision 3rd Complete Collision

Auto Repair Shop FIRST PLACE |

Attorney FIRST PLACE |

HERMAN C BREWER IV 2nd [tie] Frank Cornelius Edward Nelson


SPARKS CAR CARE 2nd Bob Bjorneby's CARSTAR Federal Way Collision 3rd Eagle Tire and Automotive

Bank / Credit Union 1ST PLACE [Tie]

BECU HERITAGE BANK 3rd Sound Credit Union

Barber Shop FIRST PLACE |


2nd Mary Margaret Johannsen /


Poverty Bay Coffee Company FIRST PLACE | 3rd Jamie Carlisle / Starbucks Fred WOLF CHIROPRACTIC CENTER Meyer 2nd Twin Lakes Chiropractic 3rdLife & Health Chiropractic & Bartender / Location MassageCentre FIRST PLACE |

JASON BOSSHART / R-JAY'S GENT'S FINE GROOMING FOR MEN SCOREBOARD BAR 2nd Twin Lakes Hair Salon 2nd Lacey Johnson / R-Jay's 3rd Sport Clips Scoreboard Bar 3rd Janette Braun / Buffalo Wild Barista / Location Wings FIRST PLACE | KASIE CHARLES / BIGFOOT JAVA

Clinic / Hospital FIRST PLACE |

ST FRANCIS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER 2nd Virginia Mason 3rd Pediatrics Northwest

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ST. LUKE'S CHILDCARE 2nd Kinder Care Learning Centers 3rd La Petite Academy

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DR. KENNETH BROSSEL, DDS 2nd Donald Ausink 3rd Dr. Stacy R. Kanda, DDS

"I am grateful to the citizens of Federal Way and delighted to have been nominated in the Best Cop category. I am very proud to work for an incredible organization filled with dedicated professionals committed to serving our community. We want to thank everyone who took the time to vote to recognize government leaders."

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MATTHEW JARVIS 2nd Dan Altmayer 3rd Chad Stalder

TWIN LAKES HAIR SALON 2nd 8th Day Spa 3rd MeMe & Company

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BECU MEMBER: Kathi H., Federal Way


Best of Federal Way: 17 Years BY RUDI ALCOTT Federal Way Mirror Publisher

Over the course of the last eight years, I have had the pleasure of unveiling the winners of the Best of Federal Way that you, as the readers, have chosen. At the annual community event last Wednesday, we gave away plaques, had a number of gift basket prizes and announced the first winner of the Citizen of the Year and the first stories of the year. Over the course of the year, the editorial team has kept a list of stories that are the most touching and interesting that they have written in their careers. These stories were then condensed down to a winner. This is a new addition to the Best of Federal Way and we will continue to do this moving forward. It’s only appropriate that we recognize, along with the businesses, the community members that make Federal Way a great place to live. It was a tough choice to pick a Citizen of the Year recipient. All of the monthly winners are incredibly worthy of this honor, but Derek Warner (see story on page 14) was the clear winner. Anyone that volunteers to fix his mom’s and her friend’s appliances, pipes and dryers earns a special place in the heart of the Mirror’s staff, especially when you consider that the overwhelming majority of the voting staff are women and mom’s themselves. A special thanks goes out to the finalists: Diana Noble-Gulliford, Lou Olmstead, Bob Darrigan, Karl Grosch, Brenda Oliver, Jerry Korum, Dana Buck, Peggy LaPorte, Jon McIntosh, Leah Boehm-Brady, Bob Wroblewski, Byron Hiller and Jeanne Burbidge. It is with great pride I present to you the winning votes for our 17th Best of Federal Way winners. Thanks for taking the time to vote, and viewing the messages on the following pages. I welcome your continued help in years to come to make this a continued success.

Mirror publisher Rudi Alcott:

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BECU believes that everyone benefits from basic financial education. That’s why we offer free seminars, programs, and financial counseling to help people learn how to set a personal budget, use credit, apply It’s an honor to be recognized by the readers of for loans, and—most importantly—establish good the Federal Way Mirror. as a not-for-profit credit union, habits for wise spending and saving. we are in business to serve our members with fair,

"I am very appreciative of just being named as a teacher in the Mirror's Best of Federal Way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the readers of the Mirror! I truly enjoy my job and am proud of being a Titan!"

"It is an honor to be nominated for the Best of Federal Way. Thank you for your support. It is an honor to serve as a council member for the citizens of Federal Way." Susan Honda


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...BEST OF federal way, kent, auburn, des moines, northeast tacoma Fitness Facility / Location FIRST PLACE |

FEDERAL WAY COMMUNITY CENTER 2nd LA Fitness 3rd Crossfit Federal Way

Hair Salon FIRST PLACE |

TWIN LAKES HAIR SALON 2nd Salon St. John 3rd 8th Day Spa

Healthcare Professionals FIRST PLACE |

JADE RIVER ACUPUNCTURE 2nd St. Francis Hospital 3rd Virginia Mason

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Real Estate Agent / Company FIRST PLACE |

DEBI BRAULIK / KELLER WILLIAMS 2nd Jackie King / Better Properties 3rd Tamera Camp / John L. Scott

Senior Living Facility FIRST PLACE |

VILLAGE GREEN RETIREMENT 2nd Brookdale Foundation House 3rd SHAG


SYLVAN LEARNING OF FEDERAL WAY 2nd Kumon Learning Centers 3rd Treehouse

Insurance Agent /Company Veterinarian FIRST PLACE | CARRIE KUHEL / STATE FARM 2nd Jack Stanford 3rd Jeff Burnett / Allstate

Nail Salon FIRST PLACE |

TWIN LAKES HAIR SALON 2nd 8th Day Spa 3rd MeMe & Company

Pet Groomer FIRST PLACE |

BISCUITS FEDERAL WAY 2nd [tie] Petsmart Simply Paws

Photographer / Videographer FIRST PLACE |

BRUCE HONDA 2nd [tie] Ed Streit Images MB Photography


CASCADE VETERINARY HOSPITAL 2nd Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets 3rd Vets For Less

Waiter / Location FIRST PLACE |

TRISTAN GAMBLE / BILLY MCHALE'S 2nd Bill Richardson / Red Robin 3rd Dustin Vistante / Puerto Vallarta

Waitress / Location FIRST PLACE |

JADE CONWAY / R-JAY'S SCOREBOARD PUB 2nd Janae Bosshart /R-Jay's Scoreboard Pub 3rd Jen Maden / Red Robin


The senior management of The Powell Companies extends our sincerest thanks to the community of Federal Way for voting us Best of 2015 in senior living. We strive to provide the best senior lifestyle for our residents and are honored you took notice!


G&M HONEST PERFORMANCE 2nd O'Reilly's Auto Parts 3rd Auto Zone Federal Way

We thank our General Manager, Lisa Valdes, and her dedicated staff of professionals for providing our residents with a warm and caring place to call home. It is what’s inside the building that counts the most – our staff and our residents.


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Beer / Wine / Spirits Store FIRST PLACE |

TOTAL WINE & MORE 2nd 99 Bottles 3rd Trader Joe's

Clothing Store FIRST PLACE |

MACY'S 2nd Target 3rd Kohl's


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COSTCO WHOLESALE 2nd Target 3rd Goodwill

Hardware / Lumber Store FIRST PLACE |

NEW LUMBER & HARDWARE CO. 2nd Home Depot 3rd Ace Hardware, Dash Point

JEFFREY'S JEWELERS 2nd Federal Way Custom Jewelers 3rd Fred Meyer Jewelers

Nursery & Garden Store FIRST PLACE |

BRANCHES GARDEN CENTER 2nd Lowe's 3rd Oriental Garden Center

MUD BAY 2nd Petco 3rd Simply Paws

Second Hand Store FIRST PLACE |

GOODWILL 2nd Deseret Industries 3rd Heaven Sent Children's Resale

LES SCHWAB 2nd Discount Tire 3rd Eagle Tire and Automotive




TOKYO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE 2nd Indochina Seafood and Satay Bar 3rd Basil Thai


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H-MART 2nd Panera Bread 3rd Black Bear Diner

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JIMMY MAC'S ROADHOUSE 2nd Billy McHale's 3rd Buffalo Wild Wings

BLACK BEAR DINER 2nd Salty's at Redondo 3rd Poverty Bay Coffee Company

EAST INDIA GRILL 2nd Salty's at Redondo 3rd Mika Japanese Buffet

POVERTY BAY COFFEE COMPANY 2nd Marista's Coffee Shop 3rd Starbucks / Dash Point

JIMMY JOHN'S 2nd Deli Smith 3rd Subway

BLACK BEAR DINER 2nd Red Robin 3rd Olive Garden

RED ROBIN 2nd Burger Express 3rd Stacks

SUBZERO 2nd Baskin & Robbins 3rd Cold Stone Creamery

EAST INDIA GRILL 2nd Indochina Seafood and Satay Bar 3rd Can Am Pizza

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2nd McGrath's Fish House 3rd Red Lobster


VINCE'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 2nd Verazanno's 3rd Olive Garden

Steakhouse FIRST PLACE |

BLACK ANGUS STEAKHOUSE 2nd Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse 3rd Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse


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PANERA BREAD 2nd Costa Vida 3rd Deli Smith



ANDY HWANG 2nd Mike Chi 3rd John Stray


AZTECA 2nd Puerto Vallarta 3rd Costa Vida

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AL CHURCH 2nd Gordon Olson 3rd Ryan Herrera


THE ROCK 2nd Round Table 3rd Pizza Pizazz

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SUSAN HONDA 2nd Jim Ferrell 3rd Dini Duclos



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CINDY DUCICH 2nd Janice Siebenaler 3rd Ed Barney

CINDY DENNISON / MEREDITH HILL 2nd Carla Beausoleil / Brigadoon 3rd Heather Day / Nautilus K-8

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FEDERAL WAY COMMUNITY CENTER 2ndSylvan Learning of FederalWay 3rd Highline College


Thank you for nominating Highline College 2015 Best of Federal Way Become your best at Highline College. Along with our community college programs, Highline now offers applied bachelor’s degrees in four programs: Cybersecurity and Forensics, Global Trade and Logistics, Respiratory Care, and Youth Development.

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WILD WAVES THEME PARK 2nd Federal Way Community Center 3rd Pattison's West

Local Charity / Non-Profit FIRST PLACE |


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WILD WAVES THEME PARK 2nd Farmer's Market 3rd Redondo (Pier/boardwalk)

A special thank you to the readers who took the time to vote, the businesses that won and the community members who attended the presentation of the awards on Wednesday, March 11th at the Community Center.

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CENTERSTAGE THEATRE 2nd Federal Way Symphony 3rd Rosebud Children's Theatre Conservatory


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MUCKLESHOOT CASINO 2nd Iron Horse 3rd Emerald Queen

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"I would like to thank the community members of Federal Way for their votes and support. I am honored for this nomination, as it is a great reminder for why I truly love the teaching THIRD PLACE | HEATHER DAY profession. I am thankful for an extremely supportive and talented staff that I work with each day, and most importantly, the students who greet me each morning. Part of teaching not only means developing positive relationships with my students, but with their families as well. I am grateful for these lasting relationships and for the opportunity to work with such amazing students and their wonderful families." Heather Day Nautilus K-8

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Thanks for Voting us the Best in 2010 2014 and for the Nomination in 2015!


We are a third generation, locally owned business and have been serving Federal Way for 61 years!

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LENTIL SOUP From East India Grill

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 c. red lentils 4 tsp. chopped garlic 1-1/2 tsp. salt 2 T tumeric powder 1 tsp. cumin seed 2 tsp. chopped cilantro

City Leader

1/2 c. mung beans 3 T ghee or vegetable oil 1/2 c. chopped onion 1/2 c. chopped tomatoes 6 c. water

Directions: Wash lentils. Combine all ingredients except ghee, cumin and garlic. Cook lentil mix until tender. Cool and blend until smooth and return to pan. Meanwhile, in second pan, heat the ghee and add cumin seed. SautĂŠ for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until brown. Combine and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!

Thanks for nominating me as one of the



"Thank you all [for] nominating me. I have loved working hard for Federal Way citizens. I am most proud of my stand against adding four lanes of traffic through Steel Lake Park by arranging a council/neighborhood meeting to discuss the pros and cons. In a packed meeting, both sides presented their views. When it came time for the council to vote, the proposal was voted down. I will continue to look out for Federal Way citizens in my role on the council." Dini Duclos

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Best City Leaders! Spelling Bee It’s an honor to serve the people of Federal Way!

Open to all K-5th Students in FW area schools April 22, 2015 4-6 pm Register online by 3/25 KUMON OF FEDERAL WAY 253-293-8885 253-802-5310

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"I am a proud Eagle at Federal Way High School where I work with caring, engaged and motivational educators. Many others SECOND PLACE at the home of the Eagles deserve the outstanding teacher Andy Cameron recognition. If there is ever an 'Outstanding High School Faculty' award, please look no further than Federal Way High School! As a graduate of Federal Way High School, and as a longtime faculty member, I am thrilled to come to work every day where I remain convinced that there's no other high school quite like ours. We are so grateful to the voters for approving the building of a new facility for us. Work has already begun and we look forward to moving into our new digs in the near future. Those who nominated me for this recognition certainly deserve my humble thanks, as does the Federal Way Mirror for promoting all that's good about the city."

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THIRD PLACE Officer J. Stray/16

March 13, 2015 [13] "I want to thank the students, parents and staff at Todd Beamer High School where I serve as a School Resource Officer. After 32 years and many different jobs, it is great to work for Federal Way Police Department and at Todd Beamer High School! Go Titans!" Officer J. Stray/16 Todd Beamer High School SRO

Andy Cameron Federal Way High School

Thank you for voting us one of the BEST for 9 years!!

I’m so honored to be recognized by the readers of the Mirror as one of your BEST City Leaders!

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2335 SW 320th Street, Suite 1 • Federal Way, WA 98023


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The Mirror does a wonderful job of serving our community! I’m Proud to Serve as Your Mayor!

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Derek Warner named the Mirror’s Citizen of the Year FROM STAFF REPORTS


local handyman, Derek Warner was named the Mirror’s Citizen of the Month for December 2013. On Wednesday he was chosen as Citizen of the Year. Nominated by his mother, Delores Warner, Derek is a selfless giver, following in the footsteps of his father, according to Delores. “This young man has served as a ‘handyman’ for years, free of charge for many of his Derek Warner neighbors, as well as many of (my) neighbors who request his help and expertise in fixing many of their problems,” Delores wrote in an email to The Mirror. “His father taught him that helping others when they can’t help themselves was the noble thing to do. They did it together for years before his father died of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Since his father’s death, nearly four years

ago, Derek has carried on his father’s legacy of helping others.” Delores notes that Derek has helped repair washing machines, dryers, garage doors, water pipes and a myriad of other issues that many encounter in their dayto-day lives. She said Derek also has been integral in helping “a widowed lady” get to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store and has also been a caregiver when

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that woman fell ill. “(He) has helped eliminate moss from their roofs, repaired (numerous things) over the years, right down to catching moles in their yards,” Delores noted in her email. Derek was also instrumental in being a caregiver for his father, Vern, for the last 18 months of Vern’s life. “He is always Johnny-on-theSpot when someone needs him to do whatever it is he can, expecting nothing in return. And he checks in on me every day to help me with anything I need,” she said. Derek said his selfless giving is just how he was raised by his parents, and that, to him, is just how things should be. “I was raised that way and I don’t expect anything in return,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to be born here, blessed with a good job, blessed with a wonderful family and friends. It’s kind of a karma thing. The more you do, the more you get back in return.”


...BEST OF "Thank you for giving me the great opportunity to support our wonderful community!" Janice Siebenaler


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Experience Gents Fine Grooming for Men: Tues - Thurs 8:00 am - 8:00 pm; Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday E 1634 SW Dash Point Rd. • 253-661-3751


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...BEST OF federal way, kent, auburn, des moines, northeast tacoma Teacher/ Middle School

"We want to thank the community for nominating us again for this honor. It is such a privilege, and the acknowledgement means so much to us! We love working together in the Illahee 5th Grade Program, and being nominated for this award truly validates that work that we do. Thank you once again! We are genuinely appreciative! Once a Brave, always a Brave!"


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Thanks for Valuing the ARTS and Voting one of the BEST!

Yvette Gregg Chris Lezcano Illahee Middle School


"It is an honor to be recognized as an outstanding educator. Teaching is my passion. Thank you to those who had a part in recognizing me with this award." Carla Beausoleil Brigadoon Elementary

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Thank you Federal Way, for voting me one of the BEST Healthcare Professionals!!! Lory Lee, L.Ac., EAMP

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We are proud of our members nominated for the Best of Federal Way: Ken Clark - Sparks Car Care Frank Cornelius - Cornelius Law Firm Linda Bjorneby - Bjorneby’s CARSTAR FW Collision Debi Braulik - Keller Williams Cindy Ducich - Community Volunteer Janice Siebenaler - Heritage Bank


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Community rallies for girl with leukemia BY RAECHEL DAWSON


he first sign of leukemia was the bruising that crept up 6-year-old Sienna’s legs. Her dad and stepmom, Josh and Janette Braun, noticed it but chalked up the cause to bike pedals. She was learning how to ride. But the second sign was what did it. Two weeks after the bruising, Sienna went on a field trip to the zoo and Janette Braun was one of the chaperones. “It was kinda odd because her

exact words were ‘my body doesn’t feel right,’” Janette Braun said, adding that they figured it was just the flu. Her family decided it was time to go to the emergency room after her temperature rose to 103.9 and her dad noticed little red dots on her arms called petechia - a symptom of leukemia. There at St. Francis Hospital, the family would spend the hours of the night having Sienna do countless tests and blood work before being blindly sent to Seattle Children’s Hospital for more tests. “We were [at Children’s] for

about two hours total before they finally told us what was going on,” Josh Braun said, noting the time was 5 a.m. “They told us she had [acute lymphoblastic leukemia].” The next eight days were spent at Children’s trying to figure out the cause of the infection Sienna had caught. Doctors gave her a round of chemotherapy, steroids, antibiotics and she was given a port and a nasogastric tube. “It was like five different medications twice a day that she was taking,” Josh Braun recalled. But somehow during those eight days, before Sienna was allowed to

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go home, a family friend set up a account. Her stepmom went to Silver Lake Elementary to let the office and teachers know Sienna wouldn’t be returning for the end of the year but she was surprised to find out they already knew. Not only did they know, but members of the PTA organized a bake sale during the kindergarten choir concert and all the funds would go to the family. “Some lady baked 150 cupcakes and they had so much baked goods donated that just from the evening show of the kindergarten choir and after school the following day, they raised $1,990,” Janette Braun said [ more RALLIES, page 17 ]

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...BEST OF federal way, kent, auburn, des moines, northeast tacoma [ RALLIES from page 16] in awe. “And then, to top that off, a third grade teacher matched it out of her own pocket - a third grade teacher wrote us a check for $1,100.” The PTA also organized a coin drive at Buffalo Wild Wings where 10 percent of all sales (excluding alcohol) was donated. Before they knew it, the community had rallied thousands of dollars to help them out. “The financial help is amazing but what affects our family the most is how every single family and staff member has reached out in one way or another to show us support,” Janette Braun wrote in an email.

Silver Lake Elementary PTA copresident Julie Halpin said organizing the fundraiser to help the family was an obvious decision. “It feels like a no-brainer to me in the sense that we are all at the school and we all have kids,” Halpin said. “I guess you just can’t imagine if it were to happen to your family or your children. You see somebody that needs help and your natural reaction is to help.” Halpin said she sometimes substitute teaches and has been in Sienna’s classroom for a couple of hours before Sienna had to quit school. Also, her daughter was in kindergarten and would play with Sienna at recess occasionally. “It just feels like if my family needed help, I would want

somebody to step up to help too,” she said. The Braun family currently has about $6,800 in donations. The money allows Josh Braun, the primary breadwinner, to take time off work so he can be there for Sienna as she reclaims her health. It also pays for the thermometers, sanitizers, soaps, masks, air filters and the regular trips to the hospital - about $125 a week in gas for their V8 engine. Initially, Sienna had to go to the hospital every 48 hours to ensure her numbers were where they needed to be. Her blood platelets were under 10,000 - the normal count is about 150,000. The school was helpful in having a tutor come out to Sienna’s home

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before she graduated kindergarten. “Her teacher jumped right all over it so she [was] coming twice a week along with other teachers,” Janette Braun said. “All these teachers keep sending messages,’Can we come see her,’ and they’re just so hands on, it just amazes me.” With a survival rate of about 90-95 percent, Sienna’s technically cancer free and in remission but there’s still two-and-a-half more years of treatment to catch the “hidden” cancer cells. Josh Braun said the hardest part has been watching her go one day running around like his “typical little Sienna” and then later watching her have trouble go up and down the stairs because of low energy.

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Sienna Braun, 6, with her dad Josh Braun. Sienna was diagnosed with leukemia in May, 2014. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO “She wasn’t a big fan of losing her hair, that was the hardest part,” Janette Braun said. “She’s been amazing, I don’t think I could have handled it as well as she has.” More story online at:

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Couple fuels wish for young man with cancer BY CARRIE RODRIGUEZ


avid Padilla smiled. “I love it — it’s so sweet,” the 18-year-old said as his hands glided across the new ruby red paint of his 2006 Ford Mustang. Smiles have become a rare occurrence for Padilla since he was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in his knee, sarcoma, in October of 2012. But on Wednesday afternoon, Bob and Linda Bjorneby presented Padilla with his biggest wish that he could dream up — a new and improved Mustang. The Bjorneby’s took about three months to completely strip the paint from Padilla’s silver car, rip out the

interior and make it over with new paint and accessories, including a new stereo system, sequential tail lights and a blacked-out dash with carbon fiber. Padilla made his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with lifethreatening medical conditions. Padilla was diagnosed with bone cancer during the middle of his school year, when he was a senior at Timberline High School in Olympia. “He was a baseball player, so he was playing a lot of baseball games,” said his mother, Kari. “He got into a game and he hit a ball and he walked out of the game; he couldn’t take the pain in his leg any longer, so we knew something was really serious.” After David Padilla was diag-

nosed, things “rolled really fast,” said his mother, noting he started chemotherapy in the same week. Once doctors removed the tumor from David Padilla’s leg, his prognosis looked good as the chemo had killed 99 percent of the tumor. Eight more months of chemotherapy followed, and that’s when David Padilla and his family discovered the dark side of cancer. They lived at the Ronald McDonald House across from Seattle Children’s Hospital and he had to drop out of school. “It’s like a big hotel with big community kitchens,” Kari Padilla said of the Ronald McDonald House. “When you go to that place, it’s shocking. When you walk in to the Ronald and you sit down for your first meal and you look around at

everyone and you are just new to it, it’s traumatizing.” She said when she looked at the other children, she saw some with feeding tubes and others with missing limbs. “It’s just like a war zone,” she said, crying. “And then you see, like, is this what I’m going to become? It’s scary.” David Padilla had to cut his chemo short in May 2012 after the drugs reduced his heart function. His family went home after that and every three months, David Padilla and his mother go to Seattle Children’s for an all-day evaluation that includes bone scans and heart tests. More story online at:

Decatur senior Dom Cooks passes away from brain cancer BY CASEY OLSON

Decatur High School senior Dom Cooks, who has been battling an inoperable brain tumor for two years, passed away Tuesday night at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. Cooks was diagnosed with the brain tumor in the spring of 2012 and his largerthan-life personality defined Decatur during his battle with the disease. Cooks received

an outpouring of support from across the United States during his senior year and touched countless lives. His condition had been worsening in recent days and Cooks had been in a coma since last weekend, said David Brower, Decatur principal. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn his passing,” he said. “But our spirits are lifted as we reflect on the way he has inspired us and thousands across the nation. Dom taught

us that tomorrow is not a promise and to embrace each day. Dom’s family has asked for privacy during this time. I ask that you keep Dom and his family in your thoughts and prayers.” Decatur has set up posters around the school’s campus for staff and students to share their thoughts. Cooks got to live out numerous dreams during his senior year at Decatur. Decatur students appointed him as an Associated

Student Body (ASB) officer and named him homecoming king in the fall. Cooks was a standout football and basketball player during his time at Saghalie Middle School and Decatur, before getting the dire diagnosis. But Cooks was able to get back on the football field one last time during the Gators’ homecoming game against Auburn Mountainview during the fall at Federal Way [ more COOKS, page 19 ]

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[ COOKS from page 18] Memorial Stadium. Cooks scored a ceremonial touchdown just before halftime of the game. Cooks also had the honor of being a Decatur High School graduate. The school organized a special commencement ceremony in February. Cooks and his twin sister Diamond received their diplomas in front of a standing-room only crowd, which included a special appearance by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Doug Baldwin. “Dom has been and remains a visible force here at Decatur, known by nearly everyone,” Brower wrote. “He told me that he believed his purpose in life, which he discovered after being diagnosed with brain cancer, was to teach and inspire others. He has indeed done that.” “We will miss his daily words of wisdom that he shared over the announcements. And we will miss his positive attitude and his irrepressible wit. But he will always be in our hearts. He is a true Decatur Gator and it was a major part of his identity. Though we mourn today, we believe, as he

always told us, ‘It is a great day to be a Gator.’” Ironically, on the day of his passing, Cooks officially finished up in third place in the 2014 Air National Guard USA TODAY High School Sports Inspiration contest, which concluded Tuesday morning. Cooks finished with a grand total of 214,260 votes during the final round, which included 10 student/ athletes from across the nation. Aaron Gebhart from New Oxford, Penn., won with 335,765 votes. Cooks was awarded a berth into the final round after finishing in 11th place during the semifinal round of voting. But Cooks was awarded a berth into the top 10 after Nicholas Hibbeler gave up his spot. Hibbeler is a soccer player from Park Hill High School in Kansas City and finished in 10th place in the semifinal round. Hibbeler was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July and underwent surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy treatment while also playing high school soccer. It was the second time another student/athlete has thrown their support

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Cooks’s way. After the first round of voting, Luke Smorey asked his voters to back Cooks. Smorey attends Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh. “Although I am very thankful of everyone’s votes, I would like to ask for all of you to vote for a contestant who I have found much more inspirational than myself,” Smorey wrote in an email. “His name is Dominique Cooks. He was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and only has a few weeks to live. I feel that someone like Dominique deserves this award much more than I do.”

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