Friday, August 12, 2016
Founded in 2006 by Lake Forest Park 6th graders in memory of their friend, Sydney Coxon, the Pink Polka Dots are a Seattle Children’s Hospital Junior Guild funding research to cure cancer.
|Shorecrest students / Pink Polka Dots members. |
From left Anna Avgeres, Mackenzie Dixon
and Evie Chapman
You may have seen members selling handmade cards and gifts at the LFP Third Place Commons Holiday and Farmer’s Markets, or selling lemonade along the Burke Gilman trail this summer.
|Saunders family at the 2015 tournament.|
From left, brothers Brian, Mike and his son Alex
(Shorecrest High School), and Richard in front
The Pink Polka Dots also team up with local sponsors and the Coxon Family Foundation to host the Sydney Coxon Memorial, a fun afternoon of golf followed by an inspirational evening program, including dinner, a fabulous silent auction, and dessert.
The event takes place at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett on September 10th.
In ten years, these philanthropic youngsters have raised over $800,000 to fund groundbreaking research for better treatments, and hopefully someday a cure, for pediatric brain tumors, and many other cancers.
|Dr. Jim Olson|
The Pink Polka Dots’ fundraising support the work of Dr. Jim Olson at Children’s Hospital and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The funding has allowed researchers to develop exciting treatments including “tumor paint” which makes cancer cells glow for easier surgical removal, and a drug-delivery device which will increase efficacy and minimize side effects of chemotherapy treatment.
Dr. Olson’s latest effort, “Project Violet”, involves discovering and producing cancer-fighting optide drugs from natural sources, like flowers and insects.
|From 2015 Walter Wendt, Eric Alef, |
Roger Penner, Rik Jones
Funding from Guilds and patient families is critical to researchers' ability to keep moving forward to save lives of children and adults with cancer, and potentially other diseases like Alzheimers and diabetes.
To read more about the research and make a donation to the Pink Polka Dots, visit their website.
To Register for Golf and Dinner ($130 per person) or just the Dinner and Evening Program ($60 per person), or to Sponsor or Donate, go to the event site.
The Pink Polka Dots Jr Guild is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.