SMC junior donates stem cells

first_imgThis year, junior and co-president of Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon went a step beyond her group’s mission to raise awareness and money for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis — she donated her own stem cells in the form of blood over the summer.Dance Marathon advocates for Be the Match, an organization that offers the largest and most diverse marrow registry through 600 centers worldwide. According to the Riley Children’s Foundation website, Lukomski received an email from Be the Match asking her to donate her stem cells to help save the life of a 60-year-old female with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) in July.  MDS is a bone marrow disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells, and stems cells are not produced at all.According to Riley Children’s Foundation website, Lukomski gave a sample during a drive on campus sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer Club. Lukomski said once a person registers her swabbed cheek sample through Be The Match, she remains on the registry for life. Some prospective donors many never be called, and every donor is always given a choice to opt out.“Everything is up to you,” Lumoski said. “If I wanted to stop [the process] the morning of my donation, they would have to respect that, which I think makes the organization better.”Lukomski said she was given two options when contacted to donate.“The first option is to donate your stem cells, which is the most common,” she said. “The second option is more invasive, in which they actually go into your hipbone and extract bone marrow.”Lukomski said she was asked to donate stem cells in the form of blood. The extraction process took a total of six hours, she said.“After [winter] break I was notified that my recipient is out of the hospital and is doing well,” Lukomski said. “That is all I know for now unless she decides to reach out to me.”Lukomski did not actually lose any blood because the medical technicians extracted the stem cells out of her blood and then pumped the blood back through her body. Lukomski said the only side affect of her donation experience was mild tiredness from the shots the doctors gave her — a small price to pay for a worthwhile cause.“If I’m going to have to be a little tired in order to save a life, why not?” Lukomski said.In a Riley blog post, Lumoski attributes her inspiration to donate to her family and friends.“… Without them I would not have had the mindset to donate,” she said. “They were the people who taught me so much about the world and giving.”“The other support system I had was my Dance Marathon Executive Board,” Lukomski said. “I left the hospital and realized that I will forever be a part of someone else. A stranger had turned into my biggest inspiration.”Joining the Be The Match registry is very simple and can be done online at bethematch.org. The organization also comes to campus to collect samples for students interested in becoming potential donors.Tags: bone marrow, Riley Children’s Hospital, Riley Week, Stem Cellslast_img read more

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Wellington’s Grace Mitchell featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle; huge league game tonight

first_imgGrace MitchellSumner Newscow report — The undefeated Wellington girls basketball team has been getting plenty of press this season, especially Crusader senior Grace Mitchell, who was featured in this morning’s Wichita Eagle and its high school website varsitykansas.com (see story here).The story comes before Wellington’s big road test against Circle tonight. This could set the stage for an Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title, something that the Lady Dukes have never achieved. Both teams are currently 3-0 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.Circle is currently 5-1 after beating Mulvane 45-29. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. The boys will follow around 7:30 p.m. Sumner Newscow will be featuring live tweets. The game can be heard on 93.5 KWME-FM.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Local · 239 weeks ago Very nice article! Great teamwork will take you far. Report Reply 0 replies · active 239 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Mason City council receives update on North End study

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City recently received an update on a study looking at the city’s north side. The “Healthy North End Neighborhood Plan” is the end product of more than two years of study, research and community engagement events by local officials and University of Iowa graduate students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The city’s Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse says the study shows the negative perception of the North End as a drug and crime infested neighborhood doesn’t hold true when you look at the facts.  “It was interesting that when we actually started to look at the numbers, the crime statistics in the North End are not really any worse than other neighborhoods in the city. They’re not the best, but they’re not the worst. One of the things we wanted to do, and what the students really encouraged, was to find a way to reverse that negative perception of the North End, and let people know that not only is it a safe place, but it’s a nice place to be.  Many of the residents that the students talked to were very emphatic about how much they loved living there in that it’s not a bad place to be.”Van Steenhuyse says they are working to restore a neighborhood organization that promotes the North End.  “One of the things that was encouraged was revitalizing the North End Neighborhood Partnership, which was very active some years ago. The founders of that have kind of burned out, not really desirous to keeping that going themselves, but we’ve started to identify individuals who want to take that mantle up and keep running with it. Now we even have got some people working with Main Street Mason City in trying to find ways to use some of the streetscape elements we have downtown and extending them into the North End neighborhood.” Van Steenhuyse says addressing the issue of blighted properties is a key for the city.  “One of the things that we intend to do once the Highway 122 project is completed, we are going to prioritize the 122 and 65 corridors for nuisance abatement of any kind of dilapidated homes that need to be fixed or removed. By then, the public realm will have caught up and we’ll be able to justify saying ‘look, you know the taxpayers have done their part, now it’s your turn’.” The council will consider officially adopting the plan at a future council meeting. You can check out the plan as well as listen back to the council workshop dealing with the North End below Healthy North End PlanHealthy North End Plan AppendixAudio of meeting:last_img read more

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