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Islander is patient, champion in brain cancer fight

Islander Deb Ferse rifles the ball toward home plate for the first pitch at the Mariners game against the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field last Friday evening. Ferse is the 2011 spokesman and co-chair of the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held in September. - Ben VanHouten Photography
Islander Deb Ferse rifles the ball toward home plate for the first pitch at the Mariners game against the San Diego Padres at Safeco Field last Friday evening. Ferse is the 2011 spokesman and co-chair of the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held in September.
— image credit: Ben VanHouten Photography

Islander Deb Ferse threw out the first pitch at the Mariners game to benefit the Seattle Brain Cancer walk this fall.

Swedish Hospital is once again hosting the Walk on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event is dedicated to creating community for the 1,500 patients in the Pacific Northwest who face one of mankind’s deadliest forms of cancer. With most patients given a survival rate of 1-2 years, the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk is an important tribute to the fight for time and new treatment options.

Ferse, a health care provider herself, became a patient when she was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2008.

Since her diagnosis, Ferse has assisted in raising awareness and funds for both the Brain Cancer Walk and the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center. These activities have proved to be the perfect platform for Ferse and her family to create a positive focus out of a negative circumstance. Ferse commends Dr. Greg Foltz’s work on behalf of the brain cancer community, calling him a “vision of hope” to all those living with brain cancer.

For more information, go to www.braincancerwalk.org.

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