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Clinic encourages community to "Sign for Life" in honor of people with cancer, survivors and loved ones who lost the battle

SEATTLE - (July 10, 2009) — Virginia Mason Winslow, the presenting sponsor of the Bainbridge Island Relay for Life® July 18 and 19 from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Bainbridge Island High School (get directions), will honor people with cancer, survivors and loved ones who lost the battle through a special banner signing and celebration.

"In the last 15 years, 567 Bainbridge Islanders have lost their battle with cancer," said Kim Leatham, MD, medical director of Virginia Mason Winslow. "We know the impact of these losses on our community is exponentially significant. We hope to honor in a special way, all of the men, women and children in our community who are affected by cancer every day."

Virginia Mason Winslow will have a special "Sign for Life" banner at the Relay for Life event. Community members are encouraged to stop by the clinic in the week before or any time throughout the 18-hour event to sign the banner. At the relay's conclusion Sunday, July 19 at 10 a.m., cancer survivors will walk the "Sign for Life" banner around the final lap.

About Relay for Life®
One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people across the country each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much. This year marks the beginning of 25 years of Relay For Life.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and chronic care management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying the Toyota Production System to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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