Eight-year-old with epilepsy looks to community for help

Zakary Woods was 3 years old when he had his first seizure. His mother Jennifer Workman of Kenosha said Zakary’s older brothers came running to get her, telling her what was happening. When she got to Zakary, his hands arms were stiff, his jaws clenched. It was the first of regular grand mal seizures he…

After son’s sudden death, local mother advocates for organ donation

A local mother is passionate about advocating for people to become organ donors. Markita Lewis opted to donate her son’s organs after he suffered a fatal asthma attack and went into cardiac arrest in May 2014. She had waited in the hospital for seven days, hoping that her son, Marquis Wood would wake up. After…

McDonald’s worker with Down syndrome celebrates 30 YEARS in the job

A McDonald’s worker with Down syndrome has been delighting customers at Northmead McDonald’s, Sydney, for 30 years. Russell O’Grady, 48, (pictured 1986) is now a local hero in the town. Russell O’Grady, 48, first donned the fast food restaurant’s uniform in 1986 when he was just 18-years-old. Now, 30 years later, he is a local…

In a first, Gerber names boy with Down syndrome ‘Spokesbaby’

An 18-month-old boy with Down syndrome has been named by baby food maker Gerber as its “Spokesbaby” for 2018, the company said on Wednesday, an action hailed by advocates for people with the genetic condition. Source: In a first, Gerber names boy with Down syndrome ‘Spokesbaby’

Dr. Nan Rosenberry Brings Help to Homeless Pets 

At a charity-sponsored lunch for homeless people on Christmas of 2016, Dr. Nan Rosenberry set up her lawn chair, a cooler filled with medications and vaccines, and a sign offering free veterinary care to homeless people with pets. Just like that, the first Florida branch of the nonprofit Street Dog Coalition began. Founded in 2015…

Wife’s death led him to discover what may be a better breast cancer treatment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Allen Pannell didn’t plan to get into breast cancer research. He was deep into a doctoral dissertation on statistical models for the mortgage industry when his wife, Amy Foster, died of breast cancer in January 2014. Source: Wife’s death led him to discover what may be a better breast cancer treatment

Fundraiser launched by 5 living ex-presidents will benefit Irma victims

“One hundred percent of funds donated to the Florida Disaster Fund will go toward disaster-related response and recovery because the fund has no overhead costs,” One America Appeal said in a press release on Sunday. The five living presidents — Barack … Source: Fundraiser launched by 5 living ex-presidents will benefit Irma victims