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Bold, bald, unified: Rotary Club joins fight against cancer

Show of solidarity: Kent Rotary Club members and guests had their heads shaven to support fellow Rotarian, Kay Cook, middle, and Northwest Hope & Healing, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Pictured are: Larry Coppenrath, Wade Schwartz, Eric Olsen, Nathan Box, Sean Runnels, Phil Bevan, Kay Cook, John Enger, Josh Gerstman, Harry Williams, Duane David, Don Gregory.  - Courtesy photo/Kent Rotary Club
Show of solidarity: Kent Rotary Club members and guests had their heads shaven to support fellow Rotarian, Kay Cook, middle, and Northwest Hope & Healing, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to women in need who are battling breast and gynecological cancer at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Pictured are: Larry Coppenrath, Wade Schwartz, Eric Olsen, Nathan Box, Sean Runnels, Phil Bevan, Kay Cook, John Enger, Josh Gerstman, Harry Williams, Duane David, Don Gregory.
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For the Reporter

Members of the Rotary Club of Kent demonstrated Tuesday their support for one of their own.

Rotarians and guests had their heads shaven to support fellow Rotarian Kay Cook, who is battling cancer, and to raise awareness and funds for Northwest Hope & Healing.

Rotarian Wade Schwartz and his staff from Blanc'n Schwartz provided the expert head shaving following the club's gathering at Down Home Catering. Ten members and two guests volunteered to show that the side effects of the treatment process are temporary.

"That's true for me," said Cook, "but for some of these guys ... well, they will always be bald."

Cook is resolute in her fight.

"I want to show people that you are not necessarily down and out," she said. "Life goes on."

The club's latest effort follows its deep-rooted mission to help others.

"Rotary is well known for its effort to eradicate polio internationally, as well as extensive fundraising for area youth scholarships or assisting with the homeless population in our community, but we are also committed to supporting our own when cancer strikes," said Dawn Colston, president of the Rotary Club of Kent.

To learn more about the organization's fight against cancer, visit www.nwhopeandhealing.org.

Kent Rotary meets Tuesdays at noon at Down Home Catering, 211 First Ave S.

Visiti www.kentrotary.com for more information.

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PHOTO BELOW:

Wade Schwartz of Blanc'n Schwartz shaves Jeff Hunter's head Tuesday at Down Home Catering. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter



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