In April of 2017 we kicked off the year with our 13th Annual Dragonslayer Walk to end sarcoma held at Green Lake Park in Seattle. Over 1,000 people joined us this year either at the walk or as virtual participants. 70 teams were created in honor of sarcoma warriors or in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle to sarcoma. These teams helped us raise over $120,000 in support of or programs offering hope, education, and support to those affected by sarcoma living in the Northwest. Despite the rain, our Dragonslayers enjoyed our first post-walk after party featuring live music by Sharp Dressed Band, and yummy treats from local food truck vendors.
With the launch of our new website in January we are also introducing an entirely new registration experience for Dragonslayer 2018. Teams can now create their own team pages complete with their story, pictures, and a thermometer to help track progress toward their goal. Follow us on Facebook for more exciting Dragonslayer announcements. We look forward to seeing you at Dragonslayer on April 28, 2018. Together we can ensure no one has to face sarcoma alone!
Months of planning paid off in a big way for Stories from The Vineyard 2017. Our annual auction & gala was packed with record attendance of over 240 people! This year we had the opportunity to recognize world renowned sarcoma researcher Dr. Seth Pollack with the Sig Kohl Legacy Award. Dr. Pollack conducts ground-breaking sarcoma research at the Fred Hutchinson Institute and is pioneering a new ways to treat sarcoma. [Read More Online]. Following the award presentation and live auction sarcoma survivor Michael Albrecht gave a heartfelt speech about his experience defeating sarcoma. After his speech Tryndee Hodge performed an original song dedicated to those affected by sarcoma. This moving presentation compelled the audience to give over $45,000 in the paddle raise bringing our total raised to $118,000. Thank you for your overwhelming generosity in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you back at Bell Harbor International Conference Center October 13th for Stories from The Vineyard 2018.
There’s more to come as we plan for our events next year, hoping to reach even more Dragonslayers than before. More than a thousand people visit the hospitals in Washington to fight their sarcomas every year. That’s why we say even though it’s rare, you are not alone!