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Marysville teen raises funds for breast cancer research
MARYSVILLE — Katie Edmonds is only 17, but she's already come close enough to losing someone she loves that she's willing to do her part for the loved ones of others.
"In 2007, my mom was diagnosed with cancer," said Edmonds, speaking at the July 28 meeting of the Marysville Rotary. "I was terrified that I was going to lose my mom. We were lucky that it was detected and removed early, and that she's been cancer-free since."
Edmonds credited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research foundation with making her mother's recovery possible, so from Sept. 24-26, she'll be taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure fundraising walk for breast cancer research.
"They fund local research, education, screenings and treatment," Edmonds told the Marysville Rotarians. "They help people like my mom."
Edmonds is preparing to walk 50 miles in three days with an as-yet-unnamed team to raise a goal of $2,300. In the meantime, she's giving area residents an opportunity to give that's a little closer to home, with a fundraiser at the Plant Farm at Smokey Point, located at 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"Boston's Gourmet Pizza will be donating free pizzas to anyone who donates to the cause," said Edmonds, who noted that her little brother suggested that her team should be named "Save the Chesticles."
The website for the Seattle walk is www.the3day.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SE_landing_2010. To contact Edmonds for more information or to contribute, you may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.