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Retired West Seattle teacher doesn't just make wishes on his birthday - he grants them


May 19, 2017


Seattle, WA

Local man to complete annual run benefitting Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington.

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 local organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

In celebration of his birthday, Cutler invites students, parents, colleagues and community members to join him in running laps around the school to raise money for the local Make-A-Wish chapter. Each year, Lou finds the strength to add one more lap in celebration of one more year of life.

This year, Laps with Lou will take place on Friday, June 2 at 8:45 a.m. at Pathfinder K-8 School, located at 1901 SW Genesee, West Seattle 98106. Lou will run 66 laps, which equates to about 11 miles.

A cast of more than 500 children, parents, teachers and school personnel are set to join Lou this year. Over the past 13 years, Pathfinder has raised more than $66,000—that’s enough to grant 13 wishes to local kids with life-threatening medical conditions! Last year alone, Lou and his runners raised more than $3,700 for Make-A-Wish.

Cutler, a wish-granting volunteer for 20 years and retired physical education teacher from Pathfinder, looks forward to this annual tradition that combines his two passions.

“What a thrill it is for me to return to Pathfinder and continue a tradition that brings the entire community together to help raise money to grant wishes,” said Cutler. “The day of the run has been and will always be my favorite day of the year!”

Donations can be made in honor of Lou's run at


Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington has granted wishes to more than 6,300 local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. From granting six wishes in our first year to now 332 this year, we have come a long way but our work is not over yet. With your help, we’re getting closer to reaching our vision to grant a wish to every eligible child by 2020, because we know that wishes matter. According to a 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can influence the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Every year, one in five seriously-ill children in Alaska and Washington does not receive a wish because they are not being referred to our program. That’s something we can all change. For more information about Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington and how you can share the power of a wish® please call 800.304.9474, visit or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @MakeAWishAKWA. 

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Lou Cutler
Make-A-Wish Volunteer and Retired Pathfinder P.E. Teacher
206.356.0526 or ybh62551@pbzpnfg.arg

Jessica Mathews
Communications Manager
Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington
206.588.8953 or

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811 1st Ave #520
Seattle, WA  98104

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