STAFF BLOG PLAIN COUNTRY Wishing for ice cream
If you're like me, any day is a good day to eat ice cream. TodayI haveeven more incentive. The Cold Stone Creamery in Grand Forks, like those nationwide, is hosting an ice cream social from 5 to 8 p.m... Posted on 9/27/11 at 11:37 AM
PEACE GARDEN MAMA II mama mondays: precious gifts left behind
It was a card at the bottom of a pile, stained with dried liquid. While sifting through the two-months' worth of items in our minivan's jungle of junk, I nearly missed it.
Then, on a lark, I opene... Posted on 11/15/10 at 12:00 AM
Brittany Dvorak remembers the last time she played basketball. It was Oct. 11, 2008, two days before she was diagnosed with leukemia. On Tuesday, 1,578 days later, she was back on the court. It was a long journey in more ways than are measured by a calendar.
Among the 10,000 people in the U.S. diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or other life-threatening blood illnesses each year, black people have the lowest chance of finding a donor for a bone marrow transplant.
Over the past two years, federal officials say, an estimated 10,000 more veterans have sought medical compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange, an herbicide that contains a toxic chemical called dioxin.
They've only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a year after treatment, and the third patient is improved but still has some cancer. Scientists are already preparing to try the same gene therapy technique for other kinds of cancer.
After a difficult few years, 16-year-old Brittany Dvorak says she’s ready to celebrate her return to being a normal teenager. Her life since October 2008 has revolved around blood tests, a grueling chemotherapy schedule and frequent visits to specialists as she battled leukemia.
At the end of the memorial service, the balloons were given to scores of children who had come to say goodbye to Ali Borgen. Many of the children smiled and laughed as they left the sanctuary, their balloons alive and tugging at the strings they held in their hands.
As she fought for her life, Ali Borgen said leukemia might take her body but she would even then continue to fight childhood cancer, as her spirit and example might inspire others to campaign against the disease. Borgen died early Monday.
Transferring from limo to wheelchair, Ali Borgen was accompanied down a red carpet at the Ramada Inn by her mother, Karen, glamorous in a pink feather boa, and her father, Rich, head painted swamp green and studded with bolts: a more than passable Shrek.
Artwork, motel packages, handmade jewelry, Fighting Sioux hockey tickets — more than 50 donated items will be auctioned off Sunday to benefit childhood cancer research at Ali Borgen’s “Celebration of a Lifetime.”
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