VIDEO: Lou Cutler’s 16th annual Make-A-Wish laps at Pathfinder K-8

11:11 AM: After those words of gratitude and encouragement, Lou Cutler got going this morning on his 16th annual run/walk for Make-A-Wish. The students at Pathfinder K-8 – where he was the longtime PE teacher until retiring a few years ago – led the way:

Every lap gets marked off on the field-side easel:

Yes, that’s 68 laps – one for each year of the birthday Lou will celebrate in June. We’re headed back up to Pigeon Point shortly to see how he’s doing on the planned 11-plus miles. You’re welcome to join in at any point – the school’s at 1901 SW Genesee – and of course donations to make ailing kids’ wishes come true are welcome here. Lou doesn’t just raise money for the organization – he’s also been a volunteer, directly involved in wish-granting, for more than 20 years!

12:30 PM: Just went back to Pathfinder to check in:

This is the lonely stretch – but Lou’s expecting company shortly when it’s school-lunch time:

And the sun’s just emerged!

2:11 PM: Just before 2 pm, surrounded by exuberant younger helpers, Lou finished that last lap:

“Good job, Lou,” we heard a tiny voice say, after the crowd broke off and Lou headed for the tote board. A few more pics to add later!

7:51 PM: Thanks to Pathfinder parent and photographer Holli Margell for these next two:

Those are former students who returned to cheer Lou on. And here he is with his longtime #1 sidekick/cheerleader, teacher Andy Darring:

More cheering – this video clip is by Lisa Li:

And our final two photos:

What’s that donation link? you asked. Here!

6 Replies to "VIDEO: Lou Cutler's 16th annual Make-A-Wish laps at Pathfinder K-8"

  • Apey May 31, 2019 (12:15 pm)

    This story just warms my heart every year. Go get ’em, Lou!! ❤️

  • HRS May 31, 2019 (6:53 pm)

    We love you Lou and this event! Keep coming back : )Pathfinder Parent

  • Denise June 1, 2019 (7:20 am)

    I’m so glad I met you, Lou.  You’re an inspiration for all the other volunteers at Make A Wish.  I look forward to working on many more wishes with you.   Denise

  • Holli June 1, 2019 (10:08 am)

    Always inspires ♥️ thanks to all the parent and staff volunteers who help make this possible too!

  • Sarah June 1, 2019 (12:23 pm)

    My kindergartener loved participating for the first time and can’t wait for next year! Thank you to everyone who made it happen! 

  • Lou Cutler June 3, 2019 (9:25 am)

    My sincerest appreciation to Pathfinder students,  alumni, staff and parents for once again making this day my favorite day of the year. Thank you West Seattle Blog for your awesome coverage!!

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