Front Porch: Stanwood woman rides for a cause

Marlise Dole, a 21-year-old from Stanwood, will participate in Ride Ataxia, a fundraiser to help find a cure for Ataxia disease, Sunday at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

Dole was profiled in The Herald in 2011 when she graduated from Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. Her rare genetic disease, which affects only 15,000 people worldwide, causes progressive muscle weakness, nerve damage, fatigue and heart problems. For more information, go to

Snohomish sets concert to honor teen: Snohomish’s Thumbnail Theater is set to feature local jazz singer Kate Wirth in a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. Seattle Jazz Hall of Famer Overton Berry is expected to accompany Wirth on piano. Bass player Mike Eytcheson and drummer Rick Spano are scheduled to join them on stage.

The performance is in memory of Cascade High School sophomore Michael Alcayaga, who died of leukemia in May at age 16. The proceeds from the concert are expected to be donated to help his family with medical expenses. Tickets cost $15 on or at the door.

People are encouraged to wear their #Live4Michael gear or an orange piece of clothing to the show. People are also encouraged to bring photos of themselves with Alcayaga that the family may keep.

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