Help Burien-Based Community Organizer Joshua Watler at Benefit Jan. 5

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Burien-based community organizer Joshua Watler (pictured above, left) is suffering from a very aggressive form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), with his only chance of survival being a “risky and very expensive bone marrow transplant.”

Organizers are looking to raise $10,000 to help cover his medical expenses, and are holding a benefit to help Joshua on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at Bison Creek Pizza.

There is good news, however – his sister is a match and they are scheduled to start the transplant process in early 2013.

“But he needs your help,” reads an announcement from his Mother. “Please consider helping my son and your friend through this process. We need to raise funds to help Joshua with his medical expenses and basic needs during the bone marrow procedure and during the time he can not work. Can you chip in?”

His Mother adds:

Joshua has spent most of his adult life in the service to others. He has been a champion for those who stand up for justice and fight back against those that erode the rights of working families. Thus, Joshua has spent most of his adult career and his thirty-one years in the service of others and his community. He has asked for very little in return. Now my hope for my son, is that with your help and after months of recovery, he will return to this work in 2013 and be the Joshua we know and love. Let’s get Joshua back to doing what he does best.

Joshua Watler, a visionary and passionate community organizer based in Burien, is battling his second round of leukemia (ALL). First diagnosed in 2009, Joshua has not only survived surgery to remove a tumor, intensive chemo, and years of maintenance chemo, but while he was doing all that the first time, he started a unique community union (OUR Washington) for regular people – often the most disenfranchised and ignored people in our society. He then started a second nonprofit (WA Prosperity Center) to connect the members of his community union and the members of the larger community with available services. He did all this, again, while undergoing cancer treatment. Joshua achieved his first remission last spring. Unfortunately, just 6 months later, the leukemia returned. This time, his only option for survival is a bone marrow transplant. Joshua has been approved and found a match and the dates are set, but now he needs your help; we need to raise $10,000 in just a few weeks to cover his portion of the bone marrow transplant. After the transplant, Joshua will be disabled for months, and he will need further help with funds. Please help us keep Joshua alive, for his sake, for the sake of those of us who love him, and for the sake of the community he serves.

For more details on this event, visit

BISON CREEK PIZZA, January 5th, 5:30P-10:30P
Something for all! Family Friendly, Local Beer Special (Mystery, to be announced closer to the event), Raffle, and Local Bands! Let’s Show Joshua how much we want him to get healthy by coming out to Bison Creek, bringing family and friends, and showing the power of the community of which he’s such an integral part!

Cash (to the trust fund set up for Joshua):

Raffle Items: please post on the Facebook Page and a host will contact you.

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6 Responses to “Help Burien-Based Community Organizer Joshua Watler at Benefit Jan. 5”
  1. Lauren says:

    We’re thrilled to be sharing this event with the community, and we hope that you can come out to support Joshua. Thanks also to Bison Creek for helping us!

    • eva says:

      thanks Lauren. This is Josh’s Sister here. I am the one who will be giving my life-saving bone marrow to Josh and will be his main caretaker as he recupperates from the process.
      I am thrilled to see how Loved Josh is by his community.

      PLease make out checks to the Josh Watler Medical fund, Or to Jeannie Watler (our mom) with Josh Watler medical fund in the memo line. NO cash please!!!!!! It just keeps things Kosher!!!

      Thanks again to everyone who is donating their time and money!!! I personally am so grateful to all of you.

  2. Mike says:

    Great write up. Good luck Joshua. Cant wait for the 5th

  3. Lisa says:

    Kudos to Bison Creek — and for everyone putting together this benefit! I was just thinking: If you find yourself with a not-really-wanted present this Christmas which you want to unload — which might be appropriate for their raffle – make contact and offer to donate it! I can’t think of a better way to “regift”!

  4. Joshua says:

    Much love to the organizers of this event.

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