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Olympic Medical Center now offers 3-D mammography services in Sequim and Port Angeles. 3-D mammography is an advanced technology proven to find cancers earlier, while also reducing false positives and unnecessary biopsies. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. This advanced 3-D technology enhances the abilities of radiologists to see breast tissue in great detail. “These 3-D images allow the radiologist to recognize overlapping densities in the breast as normal breast tissue and decrease the need to recall a patient for additional views,” said Hampton Sessions, MD, radiologist and medical director of mammography at Olympic Medical Center. During the 3-D part of the mammogram, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. The process adds only a few seconds to the compression time. Then a computer produces a 3-D image of your breast tissue in one-millimeter slides, providing greater visibility for radiologists; they can scroll through the images of the entire breast like pages of a book. The additional 3-D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understand of the breast tissue

during the screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging. 3-D mammography complements standard 2-D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it takes only a few more seconds longer for each view. Very low X-ray energy is used during the exam. 3-D mammograms are approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram in both the screening and diagnostic settings. Additionally, Olympic Medical provides a comprehensive set of breast imaging options, including: •  Magnetic resonance imaging • Stereotactic, MRI-guided and ultrasound-guided biopsies • Ultrasound More than experts in screening and diagnostic techniques, the imaging professionals at Olympic Medical are caring and competent members of the complete breast care team. These professionals include board-certified intervention radiologists who specialize in breast care and experienced technologists. Women’s Imaging at Olympic Medical offers three convenient locations in Sequim and Port Angeles. For more information, phone 360-565-9003 or visit Olympic Medical Center uses the Selenia Dimensions 3-D breast tomosynthesis system from Hologic. www.olympicmedical.org.

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Awareness is a must when living with lumps ous, but for six weeks I didn’t know that. During those weeks of not knowing, however, set me on a transformative jourlove coffee, but nothing wakes me ney that I am grateful for to this day. We had just opened Sparket Alterup like my morning shower. native Health, a medical cannabis Daily breast exams became dispensary two weeks prior to what I part of my wake-up ritual thanks to pub- call the “lump incident.” Unlike other patients, I at least had lic service announcements when I was 16 the peace of mind that I was doing something about it by using whole plant years old. But it wasn’t until cannabis extracts while waiting for a two years ago in Feb- diagnosis. Compelling evidence for cancer ruary at age 42 that treatment and prevention relating I became aware. to cannabis is mounting so much so All those years of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) familiarizing myself changed its FAQ page a mere few with my own body weeks ago on Sept. 16 to reflect facts I thought I’d feel anything amiss — and I did. One lump from peer reviewed research. in my right breast. Cannabis is a wonderful adjunct for My first-ever mammogram was an side effects related to chemotherapy education. and, as the NCI website points out, is Imagine my surprise when looking indeed a tumor reducer and cancer cell at the screen we discovered not one killer in its own right. but 101 lumps in my right breast. My What cannabis didn’t change was left harbors 72. understanding why I landed in the They were all cysts and all noncancer- doctor’s office in the first place. BY WENDY BUCK-BENGE RN OF SPARKET ALTERNATIVE HEALTH IN PORT ANGELES


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co-create disease by allowing thought and behavior patterns that we know are toxic to continue. When I realized how violent and hateful my own inner dialogue was, I understood for the first time I was creating toxicity in my body, in my life and in my relationships. When I realized how much time I wasted worrying about two places that do not exist — the past and the future — I was free. Thoughts are electrical signals interpreted by our brains through chemical neurotransmitters. Negative emotion triggers our fight or flight pathways releasing neurotransmitters that are a damaging caustic chemical soup, especially when living in a state of stress over prolonged periods of time. These pathways become overused; like a body builder who only lifts weights with one arm, we become grossly out of balance. Balance is possible. It takes practice, but first there must be awareness so that you can literally choose to use a new pathway. We are biochemical electromagnetic marvels, and at the seat of these magnificent avatars there is a “Divine Spark,” the interface between soul and spirit, flesh and bone, tasked with piloting us through this temporal experience. What we think, we are. We can change ourselves on a molecular level, for better or worse, literally by changing the way we think. Treating yourself as you would treat your most cherished friend, family member or lover will only make you stronger. Lovingly learning to say “no” and feeling no shame takes practice but this newly gifted awareness, I’ve found, is an effort worth my “now.” I owe it all to the lumps and my patients who inspire me every day.

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I eat right, exercise, drink filtered water and don’t use hormones. So why me? That mammogram was like a slap in the face snapping me into my “now.” A very special breast cancer patient — whose identity I must protect secondary to HIPPA, but also her decision to use cannabis may threaten her career — began her treatment at our dispensary the same time I was wrestling with my fears. We leaned on each other and learned about how to cultivate our “nows” together. We started to ask these questions of ourselves inspired by author Louise Hay. How do you resolve conflict? How do you say no? How do you ask for help? How do you address yourself in your own mind? What self-loving things do you do for your personal well-being? If you’re like most breast cancer patients, these questions are difficult, if not impossible, to answer. In Empowering Women: Every Woman’s Guide to Successful Living, Hay observes that women with breast cancer share common personality traits, such as finding it tremendously difficult to say “no.” They give of themselves until there is nothing left to give. In a state of hyper nourishment, the disease manifests itself in the literal and figurative center of our ability to provide nourishment: our breasts. If you’re like most breast cancer patients, there is a good chance you resolve conflict by acquiescing. There is a good chance you don’t say no, and you don’t ask for help. There is an equally good chance that your inner voice is berating, impatient, intolerant and scathing while selfloving is set aside for other-loving. Caroline Myss points out in her book, Anatomy of the Spirit, that we

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When treating breast cancer, doctors may explore various options based on a patient’s symptoms and how far the cancer has advanced. In addition to radiation, chemotherapy and removal of the tumor (lumpectomy), mastectomy may be part of the treatment plan. Personal and medical reasons have increased the number of mastectomies being performed. According to Harvard Medical School, mastectomy has been effective in curing or at least retarding earlystage breast cancer. Today, surgeons can reconstruct breasts quite well through plastic surgery; however, whether women choose reconstructive surgery or not, they may need a little help getting used to their new bodies and feeling comfortable in bras and clothing. •  Find a good fit. A large percentage of women may not be wearing the right bra size even before mastectomy surgery. After surgery, it is essential to find the right fit. A good mastectomy bra fitter can help a person find the right size bra for her body and a shape that feels the most comfortable. Certified mastectomy fitters may be found by doing a little research and may even be covered by insurance. •  Discover your style. Depending on scarring or where tissue was removed, some women may need particular bra styles, such as a camisole or a fuller-coverage bra. Once correct measurements are taken, shoppers should try a variety of different bra styles until they determine which ones feel the best in terms

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The ‘C’ word: Family shares highs, lows The Worthey family of Port Angeles were already working to become stronger together when Renee Worthey was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, they share their story of how the experience has made them a formidable family that laughs a lot and enjoys their time together more so than ever. BY LAURA LOFGREN, SPECIAL SECTIONS EDITOR

“If you don’t tell anyone, how can they pray for you?” That is what Renee Worthey’s stepdaughter, Sarah Lee, told her and her husband, Les, after the couple revealed that Renee was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2014. For Renee and Les, this question hit home. They initially weren’t going to tell many about the diagnosis. But Sarah’s words were encouragement enough to do so. The couple had originally planned not to tell their two young children, Jonah Worthey, now 14, and Megan Boyd , now 10. “We debated if we were going to use the ‘C’ word,” Renee, now 43, said as she sat on a beige couch in the family’s home off state Highway 112. Before recounting the story of surviving breast cancer, the whole family gathered in the living room with their two dogs, Lexie and Izzy, as a few cats roamed in and out on a transitional autumnal equinox evening. Renee is bright and bubbly — adjectives anyone who knows her would use — and her family is equally so, offering kindness and patience to a stranger in their home. There is no air of sadness despite what this strong family has gone through, a goal the Worthey family had set and attained after Renee’s diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy. Last July, Renee came back home after a run, was stretching and felt some tenderness. She ran her hand across her right breast and felt a lump. Originally planning for a mammogram in the next few days, Renee moved up her appointment. They found a lump on the other side, too. Shortly thereafter, on the day the family flew out for Disneyland, Renee had a biopsy done. While on their vacation, Les received a phone call from the doctor. “We didn’t want to know until we got back,” Les said. But Dr. Rick Weaver called Les to start laying out a game plan — all to Les’ surprise. On the chart Dr. Weaver was reading from, a box was checked saying the family had already been notified. A clerical error had managed to slip past. “I went into total shock,” Les said. “I waited until the next day to tell her [Renee].” Once back from vacation, Renee and Les could fully realize what was about to happen in their lives. Renee was diagnosed with triple negative ductile carcinoma. A diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer means that the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth — estrogen, progesterone and the HER-2/neu gene — are

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Above, the Worthey family, from left to right, are Les, Megan, Renee and Jonah, with Izzy the Pomeranian sneaking into the shot in the background. At right, Les, Renee’s husband, got a tattoo to show his support and love of his wife during her bout with breast cancer. It reads “My Wife, My Hero.” not present in the cancer tumor, according to National Breast Cancer Foundation. It is one of the fastest growing and fastest spreading breast cancers, and it is almost always likely to come back, Les said. “It rocked us to the core,” Renee said. They sat down with the kids and explained what was going to happen in the next few months. “I was just trying to not make a big deal about it,” Jonah said. “I was just trying not to worry her [Renee].” The next hurdle the Worthey family had to face was whether Renee would undergo a lumpectomy — the removal of the breast tumor (the “lump”) and some of the normal tissue that surrounds it — or a radical mastectomy — a surgical procedure in which the breast, underlying chest muscle (including pectoralis major and pectoralis minor) and lymph nodes of the axilla are removed as a treatment for breast cancer.

The Worthey family, along with other family members, took a vote to decide what surgery Renee would endure. With the lump in the left breast benign, the right breast having cancer and the possibility of the cancer spreading, the family voted for a removing both of Renee’s breasts. “Ultimately, it was my family; I just had too much to live for,” Renee said of the decision. “I can live without my boobs; I can’t live without my life.” Renee went into surgery that same month. She then unexpectedly underwent chemotherapy for six months. Losing her straight blonde hair was one of the hardest things Renee dealt with. “I called Operation Uplift,” she said.

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<< THE ‘C’ WORD, continued from 8 They pointed her in the direction of Tami Windle Ziegler, a hair stylist at Hair Solutions in Port Angeles who offered to shave Renee’s head for her — a moment of supposed empowerment — whenever she was ready. “I walked in one day and said I’m ready,” Renee said. Renee sometimes wore wigs after losing all her hair. “I wore them because there were days I just didn’t want to talk about cancer,” she said. During chemotherapy infusions, Renee went through her own ups and downs, suffering from depression and “chemo brain.” “It’s a real thing,” Les said of the latter. According to the Mayo Clinic, “chemo brain” is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur during and after cancer treatment. Les recounted when Renee walked in to the living room and asked him a question in what appeared to be mid-conversation. Both confused, Renee asked, “Did I just have that whole conversation in my head?” Laughing now, Renee’s therapy was a constant roller coaster. But her family was always there. Her parents never missed an infusion session; Les planned at-home massages; Megan and Renee had spa days; and Jonah taught Renee how to play Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game that helped Renee focus on something on than her cancer. Even complete strangers lent their strength and support. Chemo Angels, a national cancer support group, sent Renee letters and gifts of encouragement, usually timing out right when she was reaching a lower point in her therapy. Throughout chemo, Renee worked at her community relations job at Park View Villas, a retirement community in Port Angeles, where Les also works as a medical technician. She would go for infusions every Thursday, using the weekend to recuperate, then head back to work Monday. The last four weeks were the most difficult, Renee said. She went through bouts of depression and nausea, and she could never seem to get warm. Renee sought out a cancer support group at Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim, where others diagnosed with breast cancer offered love and support. Les and Renee kept track of her progress every day in a journal, documenting the bad times and the good. Today, Renee is six months cancer free. “It brought us closer together as a

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Les and Renee Worthey family,” Renee said. “We try not to sweat the small stuff.” Both divorcees, Les and Renee met when both their kids were still pretty young. Being a blended family has its rough points, but with Renee’s diagnosis, things didn’t seem to get weaker; they got stronger. Renee says they their faith is more durable, and they value family time more so than ever. “It’s a grieving process when you’re first diagnosed,” she said. “Cancer changes you forever.” Now, the Worthey family, thanks in major part to friends, family and church, are living a beautiful, happy life. They have a new perspective on what is important, and for them, it’s spending as much time as possible together. They cherish at-home dinners, playing with their menagerie of pets, going to church and attending concerts. Most recently, the family went to a Taylor Swift concert. “Honestly, it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to,” Les said. Renee still doesn’t have the OK from her doctor to run, but she walks and does other low-impact exercises. Her hair is growing back, though in a darker, curlier form than pre-chemo. She still has moments of fatigue and has to slow down, but her family is right beside her to offer a strong shoulder of support. “I definitely look at things differently,” Renee said. “At least I’m here.”

Mammography screening is an evidenced-based technology that can detect the smallest of tumors early, but women shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of performing regular breast self-examinations. Regular and consistent breast selfexams help women know what is normal for them, so they can report changes to their health care provider. The more a woman knows about her body the better equipped she is to identify potential concerns. Breast self-exams should occur regardless of if a woman obtains her yearly mammogram or her physician performs a clinical exam during annual exams. Recognizing abnormalities, along with knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, arms a woman with the information she needs to investigate further with her primary physician. IN THE SHOWER Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern, moving from the outside of the breast to the center, checking the entire breast area and the armpit area. Check both breasts, feeling for things that feel like a lump, thickening or a hardened knot. If you notice changes, ask your health care provider take a closer look. IN FRONT OF A MIRROR Visually inspect your breasts with your arms down at your sides and again with your arms raised high overhead. Look for changes in shape, including swelling or dimpling of the skin or changes to the nipple area. Continue by resting your palms on your hips and pressing in to flex your chest muscles. Be mindful the left and right breasts will not exactly match, but do look for dimpling, puckering or changes, particularly on one side. LYING DOWN The breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall when a woman lies down. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and raise your arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your entire right breast and armpit area in small, gentle circular motions. Use light, medium and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple and check for discharge and lumps. Repeat with the left breast. If you find a lump, abnormality or develop symptoms, schedule an appointment with your physician — but don’t panic. According to the American Cancer Society, lumps are not necessarily abnormal, and most breast lumps are not cancerous.



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PREVENTION, PREVENTION AND... PREVENTION Every October, the international community promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, one woman in nine will be afflicted with this type of cancer during her lifetime. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of the ways to prevent this disease from developing.

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Operation Uplift is a 501(c)3 nonprofit cancer support group that was founded in Port Angeles in 1983. Celebrating its 32nd year, Operation Uplift is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. Although it started as a breast cancer support group, it became an all-cancer group in 1989. BY LIZ ZENONIAN-WAUD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION UPLIFT

Thanks to a generous community, Operation Uplift is able to provide several services for cancer patients and survivors in Clallam County. A “survivor” is any community member who has been diagnosed with cancer. We are here to help that person any way we can. “Pink UP” is the major fundraising event that funds Operation Uplift so we can offer the following services: • Analysis and diagnostic services for women who needed ultrasound and/or additional tests after mammogram screenings • Prostheses and wigs • Sleeves needed for survivors with lymphedema • Financial assistance on a case-by-case basis

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• Caps and turbans • Survivor activities and enrichment classes • Exercise classes For the fall, the nonprofit’s exercise class is gentle yoga. Now through Oct. 28, Anna Minaldi teaches this class specifically designed for cancer survivors. It is about careful stretching, and it is geared to meet each individual’s needs. Classes take place in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. During the last year, Operation Uplift has been able to provide mammograms for over 40 women, fit many survivors with bras and prosthesis and help countless women feel good about themselves with new wigs, scarves and fashionable hats. Offering one-on-one support, Operation Uplift connects newly diagnosed cancer patients with survivors with the same type/similar cancer. We welcome the opportunity to provide presentations to service groups, clubs, community groups and education classes to encourage prevention of cancer and to raise awareness of Operation Uplift and our services. The nonprofit also has also been able to assist quite a few of our community members with medical equipment costs and travel and treatment expenses. An average of the last three years shows Operation Uplift has provided the following to survivors each year, free of cost: • 18 new wigs • 10 protheses • 12 prothesis bras • 8 compression-related articles • $10,500 annually in gift cards and donations >> OPERATION UPLIFT, continued on 13

Call Operation Uplift 457-5141 to schedule your appointment If you are a woman without health insurance, or your insurance does not cover breast exams or needed mammograms, call for an appointment.

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<< OPERATION UPLIFT, continued from 12 • 2 breast health clinics, complete with mammograms for women without insurance • Fall and spring yoga classes for all survivors The next free Breast Health Clinic is slated for Saturday, Oct. 24. at Olympic Medical Imaging Center, 840 N. Fifth Ave., Sequim. If you are a woman without health insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover breast exams or mammograms, phone 360-5141 to schedule an appointment. This clinic also is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles. Run by a board of directors, Operation Uplift is made up of members of the community who are very dedicated and work extremely hard to keep us on the right path. Whenever there is a call for help, the board of directors all climb on board and say, “Let’s do this!” Our goal for 2015-16 is to continue to make sure the community is aware that Operation Uplift is there to help any cancer survivor. One hundred percent of fundraising and donations go back to the community. We encourage a positive approach to cancer because there is substantial evidence that attitude directly affects the body’s ability to cope with disease. This positive approach includes providing support, education and information to the citizens in our communities. If you are a newly-diagnosed survivor or inquiring for a survivor, the “on-call” volunteer at Operation Uplift can make arrangements for the survivor to get in touch with another with the same type of cancer. They can then discuss any subject they wish.

DID YOU KNOW? Research has consistently shown that consuming alcoholic beverages increases a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases with the amount of alcohol she consumes. When compared with nondrinkers, women who consume one alcoholic beverage per day have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer. But the risk of developing breast cancer is roughly one and a half times greater for those women who consume between two and five alcoholic beverages per day when compared to nondrinkers. Breastcancer.org notes that experts estimate a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases by 10 percent for each additional drink she consumes each day. The risk is considerable for young girls who consume alcohol as well, as girls between the ages of nine and 15 who drink three to five drinks per week have three times the risk of developing benign breast lumps, which have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer later in life.



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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Liz Zenonian-Waud Kim Sheats Sandy Ruddell Patty Gray Christi Anton Char Fink Deb Nelson Sally Pearson Kristi Toth Margi Warren

CONTACT 118 N. Liberty St., Suite B, Port Angeles 360-457-5141 info@operationuplift.org www.operationuplift.org

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YMCA offering strength-and-wellness program

PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula YMCA, 302 S. Francis St., will offer area cancer survivors access to a free strength-and-wellness program designed specifically for them thanks to a partnership. The 12-week program, “Exercise and Thrive” is available to all adult cancer survivors, ages 21 and older, regardless of when their cancer occurred. Participants must be 90 days out of treatment and have medical clearance to participate. The curriculum was developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle after it found what the center identified as gaps in support for cancer survivors after treatment. Studies show that exercise can improve quality of life, lessen treatment side effects and help recovery, according to a news release. Participants in this program strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve endurance while receiving health-and-wellness coaching from YMCA personal trainers during biweekly sessions. They also are introduced to mind/body activities like yoga and have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating. The ultimate goal of the program, according to the release, is to help survivors develop their own physical fitness regimen that they can continue on their own after the program ends. The next session of Exercise and Thrive in Port Angeles will begin in October. Contact Karen Rushby, a physical therapist at Olympic Medical Center who specializes in cancer rehabilitation, at 360-417-7116 for a consultation and to receive a medical screening/permission form. “Exercise and Thrive” spring 2014 class at Olympic Peninsula YMCA The 12-week session will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Monday, October 12. email mikkireidelymca@gmail.com. For more information about Exercise and Thrive, phone Mikki Reidel, health Exercise and Thrive is open to the community for free and is funded in part and well-being coordinator at the YMCA, at 360-452-9244 or by the Y’s annual Power of Community Campaign.



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Breast cancer can affect both men and women and is one of the most common forms of cancer. Thanks to increased awareness and screenings, many cases of breast cancer are diagnosed early and treated successfully. BreastCancer.org says that invasive ductal carcinoma, or IDC, is the most common form of breast cancer, accounting for about 80 percent of all breast cancers. The American Cancer Society says although IDC can affect women of any age, it is most common among women age 55 or older. The good news is that this type of cancer is highly curable, provided it has not spread outside of the ducts to other breast tissue. Survival rates for any breast cancers diagnosed in the early stages are excellent.




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October 2015


Pink Up Port Angeles Thank You 2015 This is a year of thanks for Pink Up. This community is such a caring and generous place to live, time after time when asked to step up and help with a project, people gladden your heart and will overwhelm you. That is the story of Pink Up. An idea for a way to make a difference for people who are going through one of the most important battles of their life, to give comfort, lessen the load financially and let them know they are not alone. Pink Up has assisted them for the last seven years. This year was one of some new things, tried and true things but the end result was over $40,000 was raised to make a difference in the lives of Clallam County residents. Soroptimists have led the way from the beginning. Each and every event was staffed and chaired by a Soroptimist. They deserve a big THANK YOU. The City Council again declared that the name of our city be changed to PINK ANGELES for the weeks celebration. A Pink Cancer flag flew from the Cities Flagpole, what a wonderful show of support. There are some

who deserves special mention, the Peninsula Daily News, Heather of Pen Print, First Federal, Olympic Peninsula Title, The Chestnut Cottage, Franni’s Gift Expressions, The Mac Ruddell Community Trust, Terry Neske and the REALTORS of Port Angeles have each made Pink Up success greater, Thank you. We started with the Breast Health Clinic and Pink Ribbons all over town. Our first event was Soroptimist Bake sale at Swains, followed by Dennis Wilcox Fathers Day Pooch and Pappa walk. Soroptimist were at the Pier for the first Wednesday Music on the Pier, Free Cookies donated from Angeles Collision and information on identifying cancer, a time of celebration of the many success’s with early detection. Thursday a team took over the Chestnut Cottage for “all you can eat” spaghetti dinner. Celebrity Waiters, staff from Chestnut Cottage and Soroptimist did their best to insure a good time was served with the great food. Friday the Shot

Gun sounded on Peninsula Golf Club Tournament prizes sponsored again by the Mac Ruddell Community Fund. Soroptimist sponsor the day and make sure a good time is had by all. This year we enjoyed a new function PINK CHAMPAGNE ON ICE, where local bartenders shared their special recipe’s for a champagne cocktail and were judged by those in attendance. Music, dancing and great food what could be better? it was a delightful evening. A Classic car show was Terry Neske’s fund raiser this year, lots of cool rods, food and music. OPERATION UPLIFT, the beneficiary of this weeks events, have been helping people with ALL types of cancer since 1983. There is never a charge, assistance can come from many directions. It could be as small as a gas card to get to treatment. They are there when you need it. THANK YOU ALL for your continued support to keep them on into the future.

Please join SIPA in thanking the following 2015 supporters: Advantage Escrow Adragna Real Estate Airport Garden Center Al and Mary Rayner All Seasons Accounting Alley Cat Boutique All Weather Heating and Cooling Angeles Beauty Supply and SALON Angeles Collision and Repair Angeles Furniture Angeles Vision Clinic Anime Kat LLC APS Electrical Arrow Launch Baby Grand Baskin and Robbins Gary and Beth Velie Black Diamond Bridal Browns Outdoor Bushwhacker Boulevard Hair Design Bruch and Bruch Construction Copy Cat Graphics

Country Aire Inc. Cabled Fiber Studio Callis Insurance Jim and Barb Cammack Captain T Shirt Shop Case Painting Chestnut Cottage Coffee Cottage/ Jessica Matthews Coldwell Banker Uptown Realty D & K Painting Del Hur Drakes U Bake Pizza and Subs Electric Beach (Jean Laidig) Family Shoe Store First Federal First Street Haven Fran and Brent Moore Frannie’s Gift Baskets Gellor Insurance George Symonds OD Glass Services Company Hair Solutions/ Tammy Ziegler Hallett & Associates PS J& J Construction

Marge and Frank Clemens Marilyn’s Barber and Style Mark’d Body Art Moss Mt. Pleasant Village Necessities and Temptations Odessy Book Shop LTD Olympic Medical Center Olympic Party and Custodial Olympic Peninsula Title Olympic Stationers Olympic Stained Glass P.A. Auto Sales INC Pacific Office Equipment Paint Store and Carpet Barn Pen Print Peninsula Bottling Peninsula Daily News Peninsula Pretzels Peninsula Transmission Inc. Staci Politika Realtor, Coldwell Banker Port Angeles Landing LLC Port Angeles Realty Properties by Landmark Randy’s Auto Sales and Motorsports

Ray Gruver State Farm Insurance Renassance Rex and Sandy Springer Rinehart Consulting Rissa’s Consignments R J Services Rudy’s Auto Repair Ryan Stamper DC, Stamper Chiropractic Sassy Cat Salon Port Angeles Sears Sequim Softball Boosters Seven Cedars Casino Sheer Elegance Sergios Mexican Restaurant Shirley Weatherbee Sound Community Bank Spa Shop Steve Methner State Farm Insurance Strait Occupational & Hand Therapy Strait View Credit Union Sunrise Meats Tiny Bubbles Pet Salon The Green Boutique LLC

Tim and Donna Thompson Toga’s Soup House Tracy’s Insulation Tracy Wealth Management Traylors Restaurant Triggs Lab Tyler & Guy Auto Repair Vigor Industrial Vonnie McKnight Waters West Wild Branch Garden Services Windermere Real Estate Westport LLC Zenovic and Associates

Thank you to anyone who may have been inadvertently omitted.

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Jackie Schwagler Jiffy Cleaners Jim’s Pharmacy Joe and Jennifer Holcomb John L Scott Real Estate John Wayne’s Automotive Center Johnson, Rutz and Tassie Karon’s Frame Shop Kathleen Graf BS LMP Kitsap Bank L D’s Woodfire Grill Landing Working Studio, Pam and Mike Dick LaBelle Creperie Lee and Associates Lena Washke Accounting Services Little Mount Grooming Lindberg & Smith Architects Lovell Roadrunner 76 INC Lovell’s Chevron Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center M & M Fryer and Sons Insurance Mac Ruddell Community Fund Sandy Ruddel








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