On Saturday, Sept. 28, Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue will host the 9th Annual “A Cure Is Coming” Auction & Dinner supporting the Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation.
This outstanding foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and support for people who live with paralysis. One of the foundation’s goals is to help those with neurological disorders or spinal cord injuries access specialized therapies that can improve their quality of life.
For the past eight years, this premier annual event has served as the primary source of the foundation’s funding and is an excellent way for the foundation to give back to its donors. In turn, attendees have an opportunity to make financial contributions to an organization that is making a difference in the lives of children and adults who can benefit from various specialized therapies. Since 2007, the event has raised more than $1.5 million to support people living with paralysis.
The Story Behind The Foundation
The foundation’s namesake, Michael-Ryan Pattison, became a quadriplegic at the age of 20 after he broke his neck diving into Lake Chelan on May 28, 2005, according to the foundation website. The life-changing incident left him barely able to move below his shoulders. The 2003 Woodinville High School graduate had previously been active in basketball, skiing, bird hunting and weight lifting, but that all came to a halt after his injury.
Pattison’s paralysis inspired him to help other people suffering from spinal cord injuries. Thus, the foundation was formed to raise awareness and funding to help the cause of others in similar circumstances.
The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Meydenbauer Center is located at 11100 NE 6th Street in Bellevue. Guests are asked to wear cocktail attire. Admission to the event is $150.
The event will feature a live auction with great prizes including trips, gift certificates, sports memorabilia, and much more. For a detailed list of of items up for auction, see the foundation’s preview page. You can register for the event on the foundation’s website.