Back in it’s 42nd year, the Mercer Island Half Marathon is shaping up to be bigger and better then ever! Once again, the event will kick off the Northwest running season by offering the Swedish Medical Center Half Marathon Run/Walk, BMW Seattle 10K Run, Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk, and Half-Mile Kids’ Dash!
The Mercer Island Rotary club is proud to partner with both Get Your Rear In Gear and The Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Patients living with colon cancer have no national financial assistance programs available to them. Many colon cancer patients simply don’t have the financial resources to concurrently pay for treatment along with normal living expenses, so in addition to dealing with a serious illness, they are also dealing with the stress of how to make ends meet.
The Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) was created to bridge this gap, and is supported entirely by caring members of the community like you. Through this fund, the oncology social work team is able to ensure that a patient’s non-medical needs and expenses are supported during treatment – including groceries, utilities, transportation, rent, medicine and child care. In a typical situation, a patient will receive between $100 and $1,000, depending on the limits of the fund.
To ensure that this fund has enough money to meet the challenge posed by colon cancer, Mercer Island Rotary is proud to partner with SCI. We hope you will join us with your donations for this very worthy financial assistance project.
If you’d rather not run or walk, you can still help by volunteering or making a donation in support of Colon Cancer Prevention.
Join in the action and the fun – you’ll be supporting a great cause, and you’re sure to have a great time!