Rebecca Rodmyre knew before she ever set foot on the Hutchinson Center campus that she wanted to fight cancer. But it was the Center's Dr. Cassian Yee who really helped her zero in.
"I applied for every research tech job I could find, but as soon as I interviewed with Cassian I knew that's what I wanted to do—clinical research," said Rodmyre, now a coordinator in the Yee Lab. "What you do on a daily basis benefits others; you can't get any better than that, when people are putting their hopes and trust in you."
For the fifth year, Rodmyre will reaffirm her dedication to research by organizing friends and lab colleagues to participate in the annual Shore Run/Walk. The family-friendly, picturesque event set for Sunday, June 28, includes a 6.7-mile run, a 5K run, a 5K walk and a half-mile kids run along the shore of Lake Washington. Proceeds benefit the Center's immunotherapy research.
Rodmyre and her teammates have joined the walk team Love Your Shade with Team GG, founded by longtime Shore Run/Walk participant and melanoma patient Gretchen Whiting, who received immunotherapy treatments through the Yee Lab. Whiting, who was diagnosed in 2004, lost her battle with cancer on May 12, but packed her last years with efforts to educate the public about melanoma and increase funding for cancer research. She and her family have been the top fundraisers at the Shore Run/Walk for the past three years, raising more than $40,000.
"This is a way for me to give back," Rodmyre said. "Because Gretchen's team is raising dollars for immunotherapy, it was important for me to join. Gretchen and I shared e-mails and I went to her T-cell infusions. Of all our patients, she's definitely been the one who motivated me to work harder—she wanted to fight, and she made me want to do so, as well."
There's still time to register for the Shore Run/Walk, whether individually or with a team. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for kids up to age 12, and $10 for the kids run (age 8 or younger). After running or walking, all participants are invited to enjoy the Party in the Park, featuring live music, food, awards and drawings for prizes donated by local merchants—including round-trip tickets on Continental Airlines.
Buy personal tribute signs
Provide a special honor for someone by purchasing a tribute/route sign. Personalize the sign with a message and/or photo to share with friends, family and run/walk participants. The deadline to order a full-color, 18”x24” sign is Monday, June 15. For information on tribute signs, contact Anne Alkema at email@example.com.
For general Shore Run/Walk information, course maps and registration, visit www.fhcrc.org/shorerun or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.