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Phinney Ridge’s Cancer Lifeline raises $235,000 at annual luncheon

The Phinney Ridge-based Cancer Lifeline raised $235,000 at its annual benefit luncheon last Thursday.

Photo by Jeffrey Fong, courtesy of Cancer Lifeline.

More than 600 people attended the 12th annual luncheon at The Westin.

Cancer Lifeline began in 1973 at a kitchen table as a telephone support and referral service. The privately-funded organization now has programs in 16 counties in Western Washington, including three hospitals: Evergreen Medical Center, Valley Medical Center and Northwest Hospital. It maintains a free 24-hour “lifeline” staffed by trained staff and volunteers; has numerous support programs for cancer patients and their families; exercise and nutrition classes; and provides financial help to low-income patients.

Last year, Cancer Lifeline had more than 17,000 points of contact for its services, and distributed $277,000 to 1,055 low-income cancer patients for food, rent and utilities while in treatment.

The 24-hour lifeline number is 206-297-2500, or 1-800-255-5505. Cancer Lifeline is located at 6522 Fremont Ave. N.

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