“Braking the Cycle” visits the Gender Equality Club at M.I. High School

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This week, The WAVE Foundation’s “Braking the Cycle” program was invited to speak to the Gender Equality Club at Mercer Island High School. A dozen or so dedicated and compassionate teenagers gathered to increase their understanding about domestic violence and to learn more about healthy versus unhealthy relationships. Students were shown the powerful video from Private Violence titled “Why She Stayed” followed by an animated and introspective discussion session. Students were also given our new Healthy vs. Unhealthy relationship post cards which help raise awareness about unhealthy relationship patterns and offer insight into some of the features of healthy relationships.
The students loved the video and are currently seeking ways to promote the healthy relationship posters and post cards at their school. Executive Director, Sharon Anderson, board member, Marc Berejka and I were overwhelmed by the students’ enthusiasm and sincerity. The students provided excellent feedback about ways to reach out to their peers about the issues surrounding domestic violence. These truly are our future leaders and they are motivated and dedicated to help change our society for the better! Many thanks to the Gender Equality Club of Mercer Island High School. We look forward to working more with them in the future.

Elizabeth Salvo
Education and Awareness Advocate
Board Member
The WAVE Foundation

New Therapeutic Associates-Bridle Trails led by Devoted Cycle the WAVE Supporter!

Special WAVE supporter’s invitation:

OPEN HOUSE –TAI Bridle Trails
Thurs February 11th 5pm – 8pm
6509 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland,

Enjoy beer and wine tasting, appetizers and a raffle to win a Kindle Fire!

Long-time Cycle the WAVE sponsor Therapeutic Associates opened its newest clinic last September and you may recognize the Clinic Director/Owner – Dan Anderson PT, DPT. Dan has volunteered with Cycle the WAVE since its inception, as part of the ride support team, finish line, command central, set-up, clean-up and Physical Therapy support, he’s done it all. In fact, Dan has been a part of the WAVE family from the beginning as his mom Sharon Anderson is the founder of Cycle the WAVE. Dan is an advocate of our mission and he’s a trusted friend and supporter of many WAVE volunteers and riders.

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Dan’s clinic, Therapeutic Associates-Bridle Trails Physical Therapy is conveniently located in the Bridle Trails neighborhood in Kirkland, minutes from I-405, downtown Kirkland, Redmond, and Bellevue. The Therapeutic Associates at Bridle Trails team is committed to their community and value the partnership they share with all of its members. Dan says, “the WAVE Foundation is a positive force in our community among many and I feel lucky to play a small role in their mission to Brake the Cycle!”

We encourage you to check out his clinic and meet the team at their Open House Feb. 11 from 5pm-8pm. More info at http://www.therapeuticassociates.com/locations/washington/seattle/bridle-trails/.

Join the Team – Have Some Fun!

little sisters rest stop2015Volunteers are the lifeblood of The WAVE Foundation, and we are truly blessed with some of the greatest supporters in the country.  Every year we need new and fresh ideas. Consider joining our Cycle the WAVE event team.

Please send us an email or just show up at a WAVE Team meeting (held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month) at Union Bank, Lakemont office in Bellevue.  Next meeting is on Wednesday, February 10th, 6:15-9:00pm.

We are looking for your help with:

  • Social Media
  • Public Relations
  • City Ambassadors
  • Rest Stop Coordinator
  • Volunteer Director
  • Finish Line
  • “Braking the Cycle” Team
  • Jersey Sales and Distribution

…and much more!

Volunteers at LS2015Many volunteer positions allow you to help out in pre-production and still ride the event too!  Others involve weekend duties at the event.  We can custom a job that fits your interest and availability.  Hope to see you on February 10th to learn more and meet the team.

Not Your Average Cycling Jersey…

Meet the Eastside Fashionistas Who Bring Panache and Fun to Cycle the WAVE!

Val & Deborah 2015 JerseyWhat happens when you put a couple of dreamers with design savvy together in the same room? MAGIC…or, in other words, a Cycle the WAVE “signature” jersey!

These original creations, now in their eighth year, are by Deborah Taylor and Val Davis. From their first collaboration in 2009, these two artistic athletes have had synergy and style. The result is that so many have felt their impact. WAVE riders have eye-catching, unique, fun and flattering jerseys to enjoy, whether cycling or not. Wearing these jerseys creates awareness for the cause of domestic violence. Additionally, sales of each year’s “signature” jersey are a source of fundraising for Cycle the WAVE.

Deborah Taylor is a founding member of Cycle the WAVE as well as the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club. She enjoys mentoring new cyclists and competing in triathlons, so she really knows about fitness and what active women like to wear. Deborah holds an undergraduate degree in Art and has always loved drawing. She also believes that she has the biggest colored pencil collection in the Lakemont area…and maybe even the Eastside!

Val Davis, also a cycling enthusiast, experienced her first Cycle the WAVE in 2009 and has been a dedicated WAVE rider ever since. She is an expert seamstress and quilter, including ten years as a quilting teacher. Val is completely self-taught and has won top awards in 4H sewing. She also has a keen eye for fashion, working at Nordstrom and appreciates the beauty of color and quality fabrics.

These two have found great reward contributing to WAVE with their special blend of creativity, artfulness and spirit. They are always keeping their eyes open for things that inspire them and look interesting, including notecards, holiday decorations and fabrics.

Ideas really start percolating after each ride is over. The design process continues as Val describes her vision and Deborah translates it to paper and the computer. Eventually, they meet with Primal, Cycle the WAVE’s jersey manufacturer and sponsor and, TA DAH – a new “signature” WAVE jersey is born.

Deborah and Val hope you enjoy wearing your Cycle the WAVE jersey created especially with women in mind. Get ready for 2016’s big reveal soon!

**We thank you so much, Deborah and Val!**

View all of our fabulous past WAVE “signature” jersey designs here.

Join the “Braking the Cycle” team!

The education and awareness arm of The WAVE Foundation is called “Braking the Cycle”. We have once again received a generous grant from Verizon to continue with this program. I am looking for advocates who would like to join the “Braking the Cycle” team to help shape our mission, message and methods. It is a fun, creative and empowering environment where we brainstorm ideas to create ways to spread education and awareness about domestic violence and how to foster healthy relationships. With your help, we can ‘brake’ the cycle of abuse!

Check out our cool new video and then come and join us!

Elizabeth Salvo

Education and Awareness Advocate
The WAVE Foundation