Two local women are finalists in King5 SuperMom contest

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

King5 New Day Northwest is having a contest to choose the finalists in the 2011 SuperMom contest, and two local women are in the running:  Susan King, mother of one of the Pink Polka Dot Guild founders; and Marla Whitmer, volunteer at Jacob's Well.

Susan King

Susan is the mother of two teenage girls and lives in Lake Forest Park. In 2006, her community lost a child to an inoperable brain tumor. That child was the best friend of Susan's oldest daughter. A small group of girls and their moms started the Pink Polka Dots Guild, a junior guild for Seattle Children's Hospital that raises money for Dr. Olson's research in pediatric brain tumors. The girls of the PPD have received many well-deserved accolades for their fund raising work, including being featured in Teen Vogue and winning Senator Murray's Golden Tennis Shoe award. Susan has devoted years of volunteer hours traveling with the girls, supervising fund raisers, and providing opportunities for the ever-growing guild to flourish. To date, the PPD has raised over $330,000. About the PPD.

Marla Whitmer

Marla volunteers for a non-profit organization called Vision House, providing transitional housing for homeless women and their children. Over the past year, Marla has been helping with their expanded project, Jacob's Well, which is located in Shoreline. They are building a 20 unit complex to house homeless women and their children. Besides Jacob's Well, she is a mother to sons Cole and Kyle. When Kyle was three years old, he was diagnosed with childhood cancer. He still needs follow ups with different doctors and Marla always takes care of those appointments.


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