Strong Against Cancer Partnership

by Kelli Hadley

Hey We Are Seattle fans, we’ve got big news that we’re excited to share with you.

Shortly after starting We Are Seattle, we wanted to form a partnership with a local charity and an important cause we could get behind. You probably already know that Russell Wilson visits kids at Seattle Children’s Hospital every week, but did you know he’s also the ‘’team captain’’ of a local organization called Strong Against Cancer?

Strong Against Cancer is leading the fight for immunotherapy treatment, a three-step process developed at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research. This treatment has so far produced incredibly positive results in treating children with leukemia, with the potential to go nationwide soon. We are here to help spread awareness and will donate at least $10 per shirt to help kids who are Strong Against Cancer.

We’re getting involved by printing their signature Strong Against Cancer logo on shirts and selling them at the Seattle Children’s Hospital gift shop and online – with 100 percent of proceeds going toward Strong Against Cancer. We’ll also donate $1 for every We Are Seattle shirt sold on our site to the cause.

We hope this encourages our followers to learn more about Strong Against Cancer and, if it inspires you, to help us support this medical breakthrough. 

Shop now by clicking on the below link and thank you for your continued support!

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Posted on October 26, 2015 .

Cristian Roldan

From Ken Griffey Jr. to Russell Wilson, Seattle has been the source of legendary athletes – and Cristian Roldan is well on his way to being the next. We Are Seattle recently got the opportunity to chat with the rising soccer star and discuss his path to becoming a Seattle Sounder. In the last two years, the 20-year old has gone from being a high school senior (with a single college scholarship offer) to starting midfielder on one of the best teams in the MLS. His journey started right here in Seattle at the University of Washington. In his first year at UW, Roldan made an outstanding impact to the team with 10 goals and 7 assists, helping to lead the team to the Pac-12 Title Game. In January 2015, he was selected in first round of the MLS Super Draft by the hometown Seattle Sounders. In April, he made his first appearance as a starter in league play. 

 

WAS: How does it feel to be a Sounder?

CR: Becoming a Sounder has been a dream come true. This is the team I wanted to play for and I’m honored to be here. I’m looking forward to making an impact.

WAS: How was UW?

CR:  It was great. I can’t thank the University of Washington enough for giving me a chance. They were my only offer, without them I can’t imagine that I would be where I am today. I look forward to continuing my education there after my career.

WAS: How does it feel to go from playing in a stadium of 3,000 fans to 45,000?

CR: Unbelievable! The fans are incredible, unlike anywhere else.

WAS: How has it been working with international superstars like Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins?

CR: They are great guys, and great teammates. It’s inspiring to work alongside such talented veterans. They really define our team and make us all better.

We are excited to watch this athlete grow and couldn’t be happier for him and his success. Check back with us soon for more in-depth conversations with Roldan and other exceptional members of the Seattle community.

We Are All Seattle

by Patrick Ackerman, President

It only takes one look to fall in love with Seattle's skyline. But look closer and you’ll see a community that’s accepting of all people and dedicated to political and cultural progress. Sure, we’re gourmet coffee and rainy days. But We Are also small businesses and local products. We Are the most bookstores and libraries per capita in the United States. From legends Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to Macklemore, We Are individuals determined to stand tall and proud, even if we stand out. We Are a city that rally's around each other. We Are all different, but we still find a common ground. 

My love for this city started with sports. My first super hero was "The Glove" but it didn't take long before I wanted to be just like "The Kid". From the Mariners winning 116 games in 2001 to the Seahawks back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2014 and 2015, I've witnessed miracles and felt heartache and I've loved it every minute of it. I am forever thankful to this city for giving me this passion. To me, "We Are Seattle" means community. A community of progress, of pride, and determination. I believe We Are All Seattle. 

-PA

 

What to join our movement? Hashtag your photos with #weareseattle and be featured on our fan page. 

Posted on June 24, 2015 .