The Blake Pottle Foundation seeks to provide funding, awareness, and support to those affected by cancer. The Foundation will identify opportunities to partner with healthcare and community organizations to further cancer research, prevention and detection with an overarching goal of making a lasting impact in the fight against cancer.
A cancer diagnosis can be a devastating experience, and those that are fighting cancer are met with so many obstacles. Understanding this first-hand, the organization hopes to provide direct support to families that face the challenges that only a cancer diagnosis can bring. Cancer is an experience shared by so many, and the Blake Pottle Foundation will bring hope and support to those that need it most.
The Foundation was inspired by the incredible journey of Blake Pottle, who always looked for opportunities to pay it forward. During the most trying times of his fight with cancer, he stated that “when it comes to your will to live. Yes, live for yourself. But more importantly, live for others”.
"When it comes to your will to live. Yes, live for yourself. But more importantly, live for others"
For every type of cancer, there are people who beat the odds no matter how long or unlikely.
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Losing Blake was and still is the most heart-breaking, devastating loss of my life. Blake never lost hope, he never stopped fighting. His spirit lives on and he gives me perspective every SINGLE day.
Blake was passionate about helping others reach their full potential. He once challenged me to attend yoga three times per week for a month on his dime when I needed some motivation to get moving.
I too have a passion for helping others reach their full potential and love connecting with people over the things that make us human, vulnerable and imperfect. That’s why I became a marriage and family therapist.
During Blake’s battle with cancer and after his passing, we were so fortunate to have such amazing support. The smallest gesture can mean the world in those moments. As a foundation, we want to pay it forward, as we believe Blake would have done.
Heidi lives with her two kids in Olympia, Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, playing guitar and being out on the water.
Blake was, and still is a huge part of my life.
We lived together, built homes together, hiked and traveled together and so much more. My husband and I often ask ourselves “what would Blake do?” because the way he lived his life was inspirational. He was mine and my husband’s best friend and a third parent to our two sons. We thread him through our days, every day, and our love lives on.
Cancer, of all forms, impacts so many. The diagnosis is a shock to the system, the fight is heart wrenching, and the experience has changed me forever. Although this experience dealt me many of my darkest days, it also gave me clarity, perspective and purpose. I believe now more than ever that life is about love, human connection and helping others. We want nothing more than to champion Blake’s memory by offering support to others in his honor.
Jacqueline is a Sr. Program Manager in Human Resources and lives in North Bend, Washington - on the property she and her family built together, with Blake.
Blake was smart, successful and caring. He was always looking for new ways to grow culturally and spiritually, hence, his love of travel. My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to travel with Blake to Bali. We learned about Hinduism, which is centered on maintaining a harmonious relationship with God, people, and nature. Just as in Christianity, Hindus believes life does not end at the death of the physical body. The body dies but the soul does not. This, I believe. Also, while in Bali Blake made sure that we bought and delivered gifts and school supplies to a local orphanage.
Losing Blake is devastating. Every child has so many lessons to teach their parents. Every child is a gift. When all is going well, you take that for granted.
I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer within months of Blake’s Diagnosis. I credit his positive attitude and fighting spirit for getting me through all my treatments and surgery. I am currently NED, which means “ no evidence of disease”. Blake and I were so lucky to have the support of family and friends. This is a gift that we can still pay forward.
Candace lives with her husband and Blake’s dad, Steve, in Olympia. In addition to Blake, she has two inspiring daughters, Heidi and Jacqueline, an unbelievable son-in-law, Daniel, and four talented grandchildren, Julian, Marielle, Caton and Camden. She treasures time with family and friends, gardening and travel.
Frances is a long-time friend and colleague of Blake. She met Blake when he was in high school when he played tennis with her nephew, Matt. She had the privilege of working with him at Slalom for 8 years and experienced many fun outdoor adventures with him.
Frances is passionate about making a positive impact in the world, and believes as Blake did, that there is a cure and we just need to find it. She loves exploring the outdoors - skiing, hiking, and being on the water - any day outside and in the mountains is a great day.
Frances lives in the Seattle area with her husband, Eric. She is an Executive Coach and Senior Director at Slalom.
Matt is a 30-year friend of Blake. He loves his wife, two daughters and the outdoors. Matt is a private investor and lives in Seattle, WA.
More information coming soon.