Spotlight with Gary Shipe

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Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Spotlight with Gary Shipe 09.08.2019 American Heart Association

This week we hear about the necessity to listen to our body when it screams at us. Amy Bettesworth is the American Heart Association's Director of the Heart & Stroke Walk in Tacoma. Her husband Tom is a heart attack survivor, so they both have perspectives worth hearing. Tom ignored the symptoms of his heart attack and Amy, as a dutiful wife, went along with it, telling him "if you still feel this bad in the morning, let's go to urgent care." Well, luckily he survived until the morning. He shares his compelling story and they both tell us the need for people to learn more about their heart health. The American Heart Association is hosting Heart & Stroke Walks in Puget Sound; on October 5th in Tacoma and October 12th in Seattle. You can start your own team, join or support an existing team, or donate online at
00:25:42 9/8/2019

Past Episodes

This we welcome Food Lifeline's President & CEO Linda Nageotte and their Senior Marketing & Media Relations Officer Mark Coleman. Food Lifeline is celebrating 40 years of feeding the hungry in Western Washington. At Food Lifeline they are working to feed people who are experiencing hunger everyday by sourcing and distributing really large quantities of food, as well as the very important work of addressing the root causes to eliminate hunger forever. From farm to fork, virtually every aspect of the food industry from farm to fork has food waste and Food Lifeline has developed logistical processes to capture that leftover food and get it to those in need through their online platform. Food Lifeline has a fun day in the park with music and food Sunday, September 8, at 11:00 AM in north Seattle's Meridian Park called "Foodstock: The Summer to End Hunger" featuring 80's Ska band The English Beat. Learn more about Food Lifeline online at
00:26:09 9/1/2019
Our guest this week is Lt. Genie Elton of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department. Many people have occasion to run from the cops, but Lt. Elton is inviting everyone to "Run With The Cops" on Saturday, September 7th at Olympic College in Bremerton. It is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign that is the largest grassroots fundraising and awareness event for Special Olympics across the globe. In Washington State there are nearly 2000 law enforcement volunteers that support Special Olympics Washington. The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968....they strive to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Over 19,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in Washington State and it is entirely supported by individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. The Run With The Cops 5K is easy to participate in. You can run or walk; be competitive or casual, but Lt. Elton guarantees you will have fun. Sign up to participate at and learn more about Special Olympics at
00:24:16 8/25/2019
This week we'll hear about Hand in Hand Kids and their Safe Place program from CEO Jay Priebe. They have an ongoing need for backpacks and supplies...The Soldiers of Destiny Scooter club helps out with that....Popular mid-day host on radio station Movin' 92.5 KQMV Justin Barnes is a member of the SOD and they are hosting their 7th annual Big Hearts & Backpacks fundraiser/party at Ballard's Pono Ranch on Thursday, August 22nd. Learn more online at and
00:24:43 8/18/2019
This week we hear from the Communications & Outreach Manager at Pride Foundation, Katelen Kellogg. Since its formation in the 1980s, Pride Foundation has distributed over $70,000,000 through scholarships and grants to students and community organizations. Pride Foundation believes in building a better world by supporting students, supporting community organizations, engaging leaders and advancing equality. Deadline to apply for scholarships is October 11. (National Coming Out Day) Learn more about Pride Foundation online at
00:25:55 8/11/2019
The first weekend of August in Seattle means Seafair reaches its zenith with the annual hydroplane race on Lake Washington. For 70 years Seattle has celebrated itself with an area wide party. David Williams, the Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum takes us on a 70 year trip down memory lane with Seafair winners of the past. Learn more about the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent online at and follow them on Facebook at
00:25:52 8/4/2019
This week we speak with Sarah Slack, the founder and Executive Director of The Tears Foundation. The Tears Foundation supports grieving families both emotionally and financially after a pregnancy or infant death. Many young couples are not able to cope with a still birth or sudden infant death; then add to that the financial burden of funeral costs and you will find people who need support. Sarah shares that the origins of The Tears Foundation came from her own loss, as well as how it has spread across the country and now internationally because of people who empathize with others. Learn more online at
00:26:43 7/28/2019
Children's Therapy Center is celebrating their 40th year of teaching life changing social and physical skills for children birth to three who have Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Recently they have expanded their mission to serve children up to 18. Learn more online at
00:27:54 7/22/2019
Gina Haines and Nate Lanting from Recovery Beyond join us today to talk about a new paradigm for addiction recovery. Recovery Beyond works with current addiction treatment programs to provide the two additional, critical success factors for long-term sobriety: a new, enduring lifestyle of healthy behaviors and activities; and a long-term community filled with positive relationships and support. From fitness training all the way up to climbing the summit of Mt. Rainier, Recovery Beyond has new ways to reach stable sobriety. Learn more at
00:29:28 7/14/2019
This week we'll hear of a unique fundraising event coming to Seattle in September; the inaugural Tour de Pier.Lisa Manheim is the Executive Director of the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research as well as the Co-Founder of Tour de Pier.Lisa started the Tour de Pier in Los Angeles seven years ago and has raised millions of dollars for pancreatic cancer research, and now it moves to Seattle. Pancreatic cancer is, unfortunately, easily overlooked in its early stages. Over 50,000 people will be diagnosed in the US each year and 45,000 die of it each year.The Seattle Tour de Pier is a bike ride on stationary exercise bikes. Instead of a traditional cycling event where the participants get strung out on a course, everyone stays together as they are encouraged and entertained from a main-stage.The number of bikes is limited, so enter early for this September 14th event at Lake Union Park. and you can learn more about pancreatic cancer at the Hirshberg Foundation
00:28:43 7/8/2019

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