A Double Shout-out to Seattle Sounders Women

 

Heartfelt congrats and a double shout-out to the Seattle Sounders Women soccer team!

It was announced earlier this week that the Seattle Sounders Women (5-0-1) earned a spot in the W-League Western Conference Championships.  The Sounders Women will face top-seeded Pali Blues on Sunday, July 22nd at 1pm (PT) in Fullerton California at Titan Stadium.  Pali Blues is the top-ranked team in the W-League and is undefeated this season.  The two teams have a fierce rivalry and this promises to be an action-packed match.  The winner of this game will earn a berth in the W-League Final Four.

Across the pond, in England, four Sounders Women chosen to play on the National Team are busy preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games.   Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan will be representing the United States (and Seattle) when they face France on July 25th at the famed Hampden Park.  The match is two days before the official opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, so mark it on your calendars.  It is a not-to-be missed event.

glassybaby and the Seattle Sounders Women are working together to raise awareness in the fight against cancer. glassybaby donates 10% of revenue from the sale of each ‘grass’ handmade votive candle holder to the Cancer Patient Assistance  Fund at Swedish Medical Center.  As a nonprofit organization, Swedish relies heavily on community partnerships, and the support of those who believe in their mission to provide the very best care to every person they serve — regardless of their ability to pay.

Go Sounders Women!  glassybaby is proud of your accomplishments and our ongoing partnership.

photos courtesy of Jane Gershovich/Sounderswomen.com

 

 

 

 

Sounders Women gift glassybaby ‘grass’

The new partnership between Sounders Women, Swedish Medical Center and glassybaby was officially launched on May 31st at the Sounders Women home opener in Seattle.  Just before kick off against the Colorado Rush, each of the Seattle Sounder Women gifted a ‘grass’ glassybaby to some very special fans who have been affected by cancer.   Many of the recipients are affiliated with a Washington-based non-profit called “Brandon’s Goal Foundation.”  Named in honor of Brandon Brauns, a four-year old who loved soccer and battled brain cancer, the foundation supports research for childhood cancer, patient services, and family support.

After the ceremony, Kris Forth, Brandon’s mom and founder of Brandon’s Goal Foundation, was approached by a 20 year old woman who was diagnosed with melanoma at age 14.  She shared her story with Kris and told her how exciting it was to learn about the partnership and be at the game for the gifting of the glassybaby.  When Kris learned that this young woman is currently battling her 8th brain tumor, she gave her the grass glassybaby which had just been given to her by a Sounder Player.  Kris said, “I gave her my glassybaby and told her you guys would want her to have it.  You’re reaching a lot of people!”

It’s this kind of generosity, love, and light the partnership hopes to bring to all those who need it.

As part of the new partnership, glassybaby will donate 10% of revenue from the sale of each ‘grass’ glassybaby to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Medical Center.  This fund provides non-medical financial assistance to help those in need.   This crucial program offers relief for rent, transportation; childcare, insurance, utility bills and other essentials that patients need to ensure that they are not forced to forego life-saving cancer treatment.

photos courtesy of Jane Gershovich/Sounderswomen.com

 

glassybaby and Sounders Women team up to “kick” cancer!

 

Tonight, May 31st, the Seattle Sounders Women host their first home game of the 2012 season against the Colorado Rush.  The game will be played at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington, with kick-off slated for 7:00pm.  In addition to cheering on our hometown favorite, just before kick-off, glassybaby will participate in a special ceremony to mark the beginning of a new partnership between glassybaby, Seattle Sounders Women and the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Cancer Institute.

During the ceremony, each Sounders team member will give a ‘grass’ glassybaby to some very special fans that have been affected by cancer.   Many of the recipients are affiliated with a Washington-based non-profit called “Brandon’s Goal Foundation”.   Named in honor of Brandon Brauns, a four-year old who loved soccer and battled brain cancer, the foundation supports research for childhood cancer, patient services and family support.

The ‘grass’ glassybaby that will be given away at tonight’s ceremony is a brilliant shade of lime green–the color of new, spring grass.  It bears a striking similarity to one of the Sounders team colors, “rave green”.  As part of the new partnership, glassybaby will donate 10% of revenue from the sale of each  ‘grass’ glassybaby to the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Medical Center.  This fund provides non-medical financial assistance to help those in need.   This crucial program offers relief for rent, transportation, childcare, insurance, utility bills and other essentials that patients need to ensure that they are not forced to forego life-saving cancer treatment.

Sounders Women Head Coach Michelle French

As a Seattle-leader in diagnosis, treatment and recovery, many people facing a cancer diagnosis seek treatment at Swedish Medical Center.   Michelle “Frenchie” French, who was named head coach of the Seattle Sounders Women this past January, was treated at Swedish for non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008.   The tenacity and enthusiasm that were hallmarks of her soccer playing style, also served her well during her chemotherapy and radiation treatments; Michelle is currently in remission.

Michelle is a northwest soccer legend who hails from Kent, Washington.  She attended John F. Kennedy High School where she was a standout player, twice named a Parade High School All-American.  She spent her college career at the University of Portland where she was named an NSCAA All American and played at two NCAA Final Four tournaments.  She also played for the US U-21 National Team and World Cup Residency Camp.  In 2000, Michelle won a silver medal at the Olympic games in Sydney.  She has coached at the youth, high school and collegiate levels and spent more than four seasons as a player with the Seattle Sounders Women team before being named head coach.

Michelle recently commented on the team’s plan to help “kick” cancer!

“We have the opportunity to use the platform created through the success of our team to not only raise awareness, but also garner unconditional love and hope for Sounders Women supporters. What an incredible connection we will be able to create between our team and fans as we celebrate and join the fight to “kick” cancer!”

 

The Seattle Sounders Women is part of the W-League and was founded in 2001.  In addition to the talents of Michelle French, the team has an amazing roster that features five players with National Team Experience including defender Stephanie Cox, forwards Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Single tickets are still available for tonight’s game.  Come out and support the new partnership of glassybaby, Seattle Sounders Women and the Cancer Patient Assistance Fund of Swedish Medical Center.  Besides watching world-class women’s soccer, you’ll be helping to “kick” cancer!  glassybaby will be available to purchase at the game.  Please stop by and say hello to our glassybaby team!  Not attending the game?  You can always purchase the ‘grass’ glassybaby online at glassybaby.com.

building community at the Relay for Life

“When you’re sick, the best thing to do is build a community and the best way to do that is to have something to build it around…glassybaby is an object but it’s also a community that we all love and share.” – Lee Rhodes, glassybaby founder.

This photo of Debra, Kristine and Lee was taken at the 2003 Relay for Life in Greenlake, Seattle, Washington. We look a little blurry… in part because of the photo, but mostly because we were walking all night for a great cause.  It was a little chilly and rainy, very Seattle. As the day faded into night we lit the colors greenlake, grass, and happiness by our tent, they stood as beacons of hope and a welcoming light each time we did another lap around the track. I like the way we’re leaning into Kristine, she’s skinny and she gets cold, so we have to watch out for her. x Debra