The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Washington/Alaska Chapter has been so inspired by seven-year old leukemia patient Jacob Schaub that they have named him honorary chair for the 2012 The Winter Pineapple Classic 5k run and obstacles. Jacob was diagnosed in February 2011, after his parents Sofia and David of Kirkland noticed that he was experiencing unusual stomach pains and no longer wanted to eat or play. He was admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital and immediately started chemotherapy, to which he has responded well. Recently Jacob has started the maintenance phase, with less hospital visits and chemotherapy treatments at home, but he still has a long way to go. Jacob is able to attend school again, where he favorite subject is math. Sofia and David consider their son their hero, a child who responds to his illness with, “To have cancer feels different. Cancer makes you feel you can die, but I say no to the cancer.”
The 7th annual Winter Pineapple Classic will be held on the Eastside at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Hawaiian-themed fundraiser is a 5k fun run event, featuring “obstacle course surprises” and a luau at the finish with free food and drinks. Over 2,900 participants ran in last year’s event, raising over $450,000 for the fight against blood cancers. In the past six years the Winter Pineapple Classic has raised more than $2 million.
For more information on the 7th Annual Winter Pineapple Classic, visit here.