Terry Colella has lived in the same Kirkland home since 1980. But in 2004, everything changed when her son, Brian, was diagnosed with FSH (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) and they turned from your typical Kirkland family looking forward to college and grandchildren, into one of fundraisers. What they discovered was that very few researchers were studying this condition due to lack of funds and its complexity. This family does not sit and ponder. Now they head up a non-profit charity, Friends of FSH Research, and raise money for research.
They have raised more than $1.5M from their home-based charity with a volunteer crew. Today, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center and the University of WA are leaders in FSH research and are working in collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands and Rochester, NY as a result of their funding and support.
Please consider joining the Colellas for the 8th annual gala auction event to benefit FSH on January 28th at 5pm/Bellevue Hyatt. There will be a silent auction, champagne/appetizers, 4 course gourmet dinner with wine and a live auction led by auctioneer David Silverman. 1976 Gold Medalist Wendy Boglioli will be emcee for the evening. And local band The Offenders will be playing after the auction so don't forget your dancing shoes! Tickets are $110/per person and parking is free. 100% of the proceeds from the event go towards supporting FSH research. Purchase online or call 425-827-8954.