Local gym raises funds for leukemia treatment

Emerald City Gymnastics is holding a fundraiser to help a fellow gymnast with medical costs from leukemia treatment.

The gym picks someone to raise money for every year, and this year the benefits will go to help Macy Slade-Tester with her cancer treatment.

Slade-Tester was diagnosed after arriving home from a honeymoon last year at age 22.

According to the Emerald City web page, the couple learned of the cancer after receiving tests at an emergency room when Slade-Tester went in for a sore throat.

The couple had to rent an Airbnb to receive treatment at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Through all of this, Macy handled the diagnosis with courage and grace. Ready to battle, she remained extremely upbeat and positive,” the post said.

They were able to return to a normal life after the cancer went into remission, but in May the couple learned it was back.

Emerald City is trying to raise $35,000 to help the couple with costs.

One young gymnast is doing her part to lend a hand, too.

Ella Saucerman spends more than 20 hours a week practicing at the gym and decided to make orange and silver key chains she sold at the Redmond QFC on Dec. 2.

“I feel really blessed to be like raising money to help her with her leukemia cancer so she can actually like pay for her treatment,” Ella said.

Ella’s mother, Kara Saucerman, said the gym will also be bringing in Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, 17, to help raise funds.

Hernandez won a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics for the U.S. gymnastics team and in the team event received a silver medal on the balance beam.

She also won the 2016 “Dancing With The Stars” season and has appeared in an episode of “Stuck in the Middle.”

Another fundraiser will be held on Dec. 21 at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Redmond (7211 166th Ave. N.E.), where 20 percent of all donations will be given to the fundraiser if customers present a flier that will be passed out.

Fundraising by the gym will run through Feb. 7, 2018.

More in News

Vader served the Redmond Police Department for more than seven years and enjoyed a four-year retirement as the Hovenden family pet. Photos courtesy of RPD
Former Redmond police K-9 Vader, dies at 13

Vader served the department for more than 7 years and spent his retirement as a full-time family pet.

Sarah Yount, former YES client, speaks at YES’s 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 2. Madison Miller/staff photo.
Youth Eastside Services celebrates 50 years

YES celebrates 50 years of providing youth and family behavioral health services.

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Police plead for help in search for missing boy

Sky has been missing since Nov. 6, 2011 and turned 9 years old on Sept. 2.

Suspect arrested after stealing paychecks | Police blotter

The Redmond police blotter from Oct. 22 through 24. Courtesy of the RPD blog.

Kuderer leads Tom; Walen over Bright

Legislative District 48 race. Results are preliminary.

Democrats lead in 45th Legislative District

Dhingra, Goodman and Springer earned about two thirds of the vote.

DelBene leads in 1st Congressional District in early returns

As of election night, incumbent Suzan DelBene was leading with 69 percent of the vote, to Jeffrey Beeler’s 31 percent.

Marcus Naylor and Joshua Schaer.
                                Marcus Naylor and Joshua Schaer.
Naylor leads Eastside judicial race

Results are preliminary.

King County property assessments have begun for some Eastside neighborhoods

County property appraisers visit around one-sixth of all properties in the county each year to ensure the homes are valued correctly.

From left: Samantha Areliz (VALA curator), Marisa Mouton Provo (VALA Communication Director) and Zachary Burns (artist) look upon the Gatesville exhibit at the new VALA Eastside in Kirkland. Madison Miller/staff photo.
VALA Arts moves to Kirkland; changes name to VALA Eastside

VALA Eastside makes Kirkland its permanent home.

Upcoming shelter for women and families offers hope to Eastside

The city of Kirkland anticipates the shelter for families and women to be completed in 2020.

PSE natural gas bills will be lower this winter

This is the lowest rates the utility has provided since 2004.