The average birthday celebration for Lou Cutler consists of more than just a piece of cake and a few gifts. Before his big day approaches, he chooses to lace up his running shoes and work up a sweat to raise money for Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions.
A wish granting volunteer for 18 years, Cutler is a physical education teacher at Pathfinder K-8 School in West Seattle and has found an ingenious way to marry his day job with his volunteer job.
Each year, in celebration of his birthday, Lou invites students, parents, colleagues and community members to join him in running laps around their school to raise money for the local chapter. Each year, Lou finds the strength to add one more lap in celebration of one more year of life. A cast of more than 500 children, parents, teachers and school personnel are set to join Lou this year.
Over the past ten years, Pathfinder has raised more than $43,000. Last year, Lou and his runners raised more than $8,250. This year, the run will be held on June 2 at 8:45 a.m. at Pathfinder K-8 School located at 1901 SW Genesee, West Seattle 98106.
"It's hard to say that I look forward to the run, but I do. As a Boston native, I am more inspired than ever to run this year after witnessing in person the Boston Marathon in April," said Cutler. This year, he will be running 63 laps which equates to about 10.5 miles.
I will have the time of my life, as I will experience the true joy that comes from watching the entire Pathfinder community come together to raise money to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”