Edmonds-Woodway High School alumni Peter Sauer and Laura Lupton Thompkins have been friends for 20 years, but Thompkins discovered the depth of their friendship when Sauer got married in late August.
Thompkins and her husband Colin have a 21-month-old son, Connor, who at 5 weeks old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic, life-shortening disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. “We were shocked and overwhelmed, to say the least,” said Laura Thompkins, who graduated from Edmonds-Woodway in 2001.
Since their son’s diagnosis 20 months ago, the couple — who also have a 4-year-old son, Jackson — have “channeled our worry and grief into fundraising,” with more than $65,000 raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through the Connor’s Cure Finders, Thompkins said.
In the invitation to their Aug. 22 wedding, Sauer and his bride-to-be Andrea asked their guests to, in lieu of gifts, donate money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis: “We know it’s not traditional | It’s not the way it’s done | But instead of a wedding gift | We would like to help someone,” the invitation noted.
Wedding guests collectively raised $2,100 for Connor’s Cure Finders, said Thompkins, who notes that there were many Edmonds connections to the ceremony held in Silver Lake. In addition to Thompkins’ friendship with Peter, which began when both were students at College Place Middle School 20 years ago, Thompkins’ husband is an EWHS grad (class of 1999). “Many Edmonds guests attended, including Peter’s old high school drama teacher Mr. [Bruce] Mindt,” she added.