Sig Kohl Legacy Award

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Siegfried (“Sig”) Kohl was a long-standing supporter of the Foundation who lost his battle with Sarcoma earlier this year. He had a strong desire to help others and was deeply passionate about helping find a cure for Sarcoma cancers. He felt fortunate to have an amazing support system and realized not everyone battling Sarcoma had the same. He raised awareness, funding and was an advocate for the Foundation through every possible avenue.

He emboldened us to pursue our cause: find a cure for Sarcoma, and support those fighting it. He extended a level of generosity that is exceedingly rare and left the Foundation a gift of $30,000 so we may continue our work. In honor of Sig Kohl, we created the Sig Kohl Legacy Award. The award will be given annually to individuals who made a lasting, enduring difference in our fight against Sarcoma. The first recipients of the Sig Kohl Legacy were awarded at the Seattle Stories from the Vineyard Gala on October 22nd, 2016.

Here is what was said about Sig Kohl, the Legacy Award, and the first recipients of the award at the 2016 Gala:

And now, we have a very special presentation tonight, in memory of a long-standing supporter of the foundation who lost his battle with sarcoma earlier this year, Siegfried Kohl.

We first met Sig a couple of years ago when he called to connect after being diagnosed with a rare sarcoma and had heard about our foundation from his doctor at SCCA. First he just wanted to talk...it was still sinking in that he had cancer because he was so active and healthy and young and strong...he wasn't really sure how things were going to go for him, but he was determined to beat his sarcoma. He called again because he decided he wanted to bring attention to the cancer that was "pissing him off" and to the foundation that was in his backyard helping people with sarcoma. He called again because he was going to be participating in an ironman event in Hawaii and he wanted to put our logo on his shirt to bring attention to the plight of folks stricken with sarcoma.  He called again because he had put together a BINGO night and needed our help pulling it off so he could raise money for the foundation.  We heard a lot from Sig over the years. Whenever he got big news--good or bad--about his condition, he would call us and share a revelation.

Not long ago, he called because he felt so lucky to have such an amazing support group of friends and family, and it had occurred to him that not everybody has that. He wanted to raise some money for those folks to help them get the assistance they needed through the foundation.

Many in this room tonight have been inspired by this man, including many of us at the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. He has emboldened us to pursue our cause: find a cure for sarcoma cancers, and support those fighting it. He’s also extended a level of generosity that is rare, leaving the foundation with a gift of $30,000 so that we may continue our work. 

In honor of Sig Kohl, we are proud to create the Sig Kohl Legacy Award, to be given to individuals who have made a lasting, enduring difference in our fight against sarcomas.

Tonight, we are proud to honor the first two recipients of the Sig Kohl Legacy Award: Mr. John Anderson, and Mr. Jeffery Sweeney. John is unable to join us tonight, and will be given this award at our annual board meeting in January. Jeff Sweeney is in attendance, please come up to accept your award. Jeff has been a member of the board for more than 15 years, and has served as president for nearly 10 of those years. During that time, Jeff lead the board and foundation to improve processes and become better organized. Under his leadership, the Dragonslayer event was created, and more than $200,000 was contributed to research institutions. He continues his leadership today as Vice President, and is focused on growing the board. In fact, we are recruiting now - if you’re interested, you know who to talk to!

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For more about Sig Kohl, read his touching memorial here.

If you would like to give a gift in memory of Sig, you may designate your online donation here.


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