Lynda Weatherby and Teri Pollastro don’t think pink.
That color has served its purpose, they believe. Good job, pink ribbons, pink KitchenAid mixers, pink football helmets. Everyone now knows that pink is synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held each year in October, a time to boost public consciousness about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
The death last week of Paul Allen just two weeks after announcing that his non-Hodgkin lymphoma had returned took many by surprise. The Microsoft co-founder and Seattle impresario had sounded optimistic about beating his third cancer diagnosis, which came more than 35 years after he first was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Amber Hahto was in the middle of treatment for breast cancer in 2010 when well-intentioned friends started sending her articles about scalp cooling. It sounded like science fiction, the notion that you could wear an icy cap during chemotherapy and avoid perhaps the most dreaded side effect of treatment: going bald.
Brent Hall lives his life at full speed. As a professional hydroplane driver, Brent races boats at over 150 mph, achieving a dream he had as a boy growing up on Mercer Island. He was a rookie driver later in life at 36, and has earned national rankings in several different classes of hydroplanes. Brent is focused on going fast on the water — but not too long ago, he had to slow things down in order to focus on cancer treatment.