My son Zachary was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma Stage 3B in May 2015. He started his chemotherapy treatments on July 3, 2015. His chemo regimen lasted a total of fifteen weeks, and he had 21 days of radiation therapy at the University of Washington. We feel that because of the cutting edge treatments that are being developed between Seattle Children's Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Zachary was able to beat cancer in a relatively quick manner and he didn't have to go through some of the traditional treatments that most treatment facilities are still using to this day.
Fast forward to Friday August 25, 2017. Zachary gets a call from the Public Relations Department at Seattle Children's asking if he would like to participate in the Strong Against Cancer flag raising on top of the Space Needle along with Strong Against Cancer spokesperson, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Zachary enthusiastically said yes.
The flag raising was to take place on Saturday August 26th at 2pm. We met the representatives from Seattle Children's, Strong Against Cancer, the Space Needle as well as doing a few interviews for the local news stations. We also ran into an acquaintance, Sunni Martini, who was there to capture images for KOMO News in Seattle.
We made our way to the top of the Space Needle. Russell Wilson spoke of the tremendous research being down to help eradicate pediatric cancers. He introduced Seattle Children's CEO Dr. Jeff Sperring and researcher Dr. Mike Jensen of the Seattle Children's Research Institute . After a brief speech by both, Zachary along with another pediatric cancer survivor, Ian, and Russell Wilson, each took turns raising the flag high above the Seattle skyline for everyone to see. Circling overhead was a helicopter for Q13 Fox News.
It was a great and special event that will be remembered for a very long time. What made the day that much more memorable was that my father, who is also a cancer survivor, was here on vacation and he was able to attend the event with us.
Click on image for a larger view (sorry about the quality of the last four, they were taken with my Android Pixel XL)