Re-remission for Ryan
Have Fun. Get Dirty. Save Lives.
"Re-remission Ryan" is back for our 11th year. Our focus for the past 10 years has been 2011’s Pineapple Classic Honored Patient, Ryan Peterson.
Today, Ryan is a happy, feisty 11-year old, but it wasn’t always that way. In 2009, we were battling leukemia for the first time after Ryan's initial diagnosis in October of that year. After a heartbreaking relapse, Ryan’s only option left to fight his disease was a bone marrow transplant. While transplants are miraculous in the ability to infuse new stem cells into a sick body and wipe out cancer, they are also extremely dangerous and fraught with complications. While we are thankful every day for his strength and health, we have realized that this is now a lifelong battle. The crisis of Ryan’s diagnosis may have passed, but the goal is that no one should have to go through what Ryan went through. We’re fighting now for everyone diagnosed with a blood cancer or any type of cancer. Every year, there are more promising treatments that reduce or eliminate the harsh side effects Ryan experienced, with greater chances of success for beating the disease. But research depends almost entirely on private funding.
We have opted to take on this competition once again and this time with more vengeance with a larger team and we ask for your support and donations to help find a cure for this nasty disease.
What is the Winter Pineapple Classic?
The Winter Pineapple Classic is a fundraiser 5k(ish) obstacle course at King County's Marymoor Park on 11.10.19. Pineapple is not timed and is a family friendly event. All participants carry a pineapple (provided by Chestnut Hill Farms) and most dress in costume. The more money we raise the more event day perks that are unlocked! Such as a Georgetown Brewing beer garden, a Hawaiian buffet and long sleeved shirt. Although this obstacle course is a test of physical endurance, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients endure. All proceeds raised directly benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and since its inception, this event has raised over $4 million.
Thank you for your time, consideration, and sincere generosity. We Pineapple because beating cancer is in our blood.