My twin died by suicide. I’ve been too ashamed to talk about it – until now.

I haven’t been able to talk about my brother because of my guilt and shame in not being able to help him. But I want to find ways to help others. I don’t talk about Steve anymore. He’s become my secret. The one I’m too ashamed to share. Steve and I were uncommonly close, that…

How inclusion helps companies, communities value diverse backgrounds

Those in a position of hiring should consider the deep backgrounds we all bring and add value for the cultural insights we will share with them.  Throughout my K-12 experience, my parents never fully understood my extensive after-school curricular activities. Staying late after school seemed off, perhaps, even wrong to them. While hard at the…

Overland Park man encourages community to donate kidneys

Joey Sughroue has Alports Syndrome, a rare disease damaging his kidneys. He asked all of his friends and relatives for a living donation. They have not found a match. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Joey and Audrey Sughroue enjoyed their wedding day this past summer surrounded by friends and family in downtown Kansas City. The couple met just…

Families to start Hope House Children’s Hospices Dark Runs

Two families will be starting off Hope House Children’s Hospices Dark Runs this October in Telford and Chirk as hundreds sign up to light up the night. Over two Saturdays hundreds of people and families of all ages will get together to ‘glow’ crazy and raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices. You can complete…

Red Cross volunteer returns home to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

Dianna Trush returns to the island she calls her “homeland.” MILWAUKEE — Dianna Trush said when she was a child in New York, American Red Cross volunteers helped her family back on their feet after their apartment building caught fire. More than half a century later, Trush called it an honor to represent the Red…

Volunteers feed community

The Mount Union Food Bank is a mission of the Mount Union Ministerium and, as such, is supported by volunteers and contributions from member churches. The food bank is also supported by the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, businesses and organizations. Kennard and Kay Coons are the food bank’s new coordinators, assuming duties following the recent…