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Sherry Grindeland

Moms show they're not off their "roccers"

Seattle Times staff columnist

Tami Vogeler and Teri Chambers call themselves the Roccer Moms.

That's not a spelling error. Vogeler crossed out the "S" on T-shirts that read "Soccer Mom" and replaced it with an "R." And Saturday night these Roccers ruled in Sammamish.

The longtime friends organized their second annual Rock for A Cause party at the Pine Lake Community Center. The event benefited the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research in Seattle.

"We raised $7,000 the first year and $10,000 this year," Vogeler said. "That's not bad for a couple soccer moms."

Not bad at all, considering Vogeler came from Los Angeles to stage the party. The 1985 Juanita High School grad and her husband, Jim, moved to Southern California last summer after the first Rock for A Cause. She and Chambers, former neighbors in the Timberline area who were originally united by kids the same age, think they're onto something big.

They hired the band Mulligans Rock, recruited businesses to underwrite expenses and signed up other friends to help.

"We're all involved in our kids' activities so much that none of us feel like we have a life," Vogeler said. "This was something just for adults. I think that's what made the parties a success."

A third Roccer Mom joined them this year. Another neighbor, Teresa Paulson, put her heart into the party.

Chambers' mother, Vogeler's aunt and Paulson's sister all died of ovarian cancer.

Vogeler will have company when she returns for the third annual Rock for A Cause party in 2008. Chambers and her family will move to Southern California this summer and they'll both be commuting to the event.

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"We've already booked the band and the DJ," Chambers said. "We'll definitely be back."

With hugs and love

Leah deRoulet of Issaquah will receive instead of give next week.

She will receive a Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society at a ceremony in Texas. DeRoulet is a social worker at Seattle's Swedish Cancer Institute. She is the first person from Swedish ever honored and the seventh from Washington since the award was started in 1988.

The national award is named after a former Cancer Society vice president who coined the phrase "warm hand of service."

With deRoulet, it's always been more than a hand.

She's given hugs, developed group support programs for patients and their families and for more than 13 years supervised the institute's social workers.

In 1999, she received Swedish Cancer Institute's Nils Johanson Inspirational Award.

DeRoulet, 71, gave up administration duties several years ago and works three days a week with patients.

"I'd rather be with the patients and their families than sit in three-hour budget or policy meetings," she said.

DeRoulet and her husband, Stan Magee, also travel as much as possible.

"What I've learned from patients is how tentative life can be and to live in the moment," deRoulet said. "You can't keep putting off stuff you want to do."

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com

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