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March 9, 2001
Leukemia: Helping Family and friends of Ethan Morningstar and Kacie Fath have rallied to help. There was a "benefit skate" for Kacie at Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex in January. Children at Rehoboth United Methodist Church day care recently had a "dance-athon" and raised more than $5,000 for Ethan. People who don't know the children are also helping.
NEWS
March 9, 2001
The faces of leukemia By KATE COLEMAN katec@herald-mail.com Leukemia has many faces, says Heather Cederholm, physician's assistant at Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Center in Baltimore. continued Six-year-old Kacie Fath of Boonsboro and 4-year-old Ethan Morningstar of Williamsport are two of those faces. A cancer of the white blood cells, leukemia is a complex disease. It is the most common form of cancer in childhood, affecting approximately 2,600 children younger than 15 in the United States each year, according to "Cancer Facts & Figures 2000," an American Cancer Society publication.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Waynesboro teenager Courtney Sprenkle-Shelly learned a lot about bone marrow in the years she fought leukemia, but one day she posed a question about it to her mother. “She said, 'Why don't we ever have drives?'” recalled her mother, April Sprenkle. The pair decided to hold a bone marrow donor registry drive, but Courtney died before that could happen. April Sprenkle continued with the plan and, on Sunday, welcomed each person arriving to a drive being held at Waynesboro's South Potomac Street Fire Hall.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2012
Abigail Dodson, 9, was wearing a bracelet given to her by her classmate, Mackenzie McCarter, 8, who has leukemia. “She is one of my best friends,” Dodson said. “When she told me she had leukemia, I was really surprised.” Abigail, a Hagerstown third-grader who attends Eastern Elementary School, took part in a walk-a-thon the school held for Mackenzie Wednesday afternoon. Students walked around on a trail outside the school, and teachers collected donations for her. “I'm really proud the school's doing this,” Abigail said.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 17, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Jessica Watters was admitted to Washington County Hospital with body aches in September 2008. The 23-year-old was diagnosed with leukemia and told she had only days to live. Watters, of Hagerstown, was taken by helicopter to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she began 37 days of in-patient treatment that included chemotherapy. In December, Watters had a successful bone marrow transplant and is in remission. "I'm just lucky I got a donor as quickly as I did," she said.
NEWS
January 16, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - The Williamsport High School Band will host a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Jackson family Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Williamsport High School cafeteria from noon to 5 p.m. Collin Jackson is a member of the band who has been unable to be with the group most of the fall semester because of leukemia. Proceeds from the dinner will help the family pay his mounting medical bills. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for those younger than 12. Desserts will be available for purchase.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | March 13, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- Friday was an exceptionally good day for 7-year-old Caitlin Wright. In her hands was a check. In front of her sat 400 classmates she had not seen in months. And in her ears were excited screams from the students at Benjamin Chambers Elementary School in Chambersburg who learned that in one week they raised $2,132 to help Caitlin battle cancer. "How do you feel today, honey?" Caitlin's mom Jamie Vanderau asked as the excitement waned. Slowly, Caitlin lifted her right hand, stuck her thumb in the air and smiled.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? Six-year-old Thomas Lathwell is beginning to realize he's different, according to his mother, Cindy Lathwell of Hedgesville, W.Va. But the youngster's roller-coasterlike battle with leukemia since February 2003 hasn't changed his character. "He's still smiling, a happy kid," Lathwell said last week. But her son still is fighting the battle. After having a relapse in June 2006, her son received bone marrow from his older brother, Nicholas, 9, in September at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
NEWS
April 23, 1997
It began in December of last year, when the schools were closed for the Christmas holidays. Bradley Palmer, a 9-year-old fourth grader who attends Bester Elementary School, was making a turn at the Starland roller rink when he fell, complaining of severe back pain. His parents thought it was a sprain, so they took him to Washington County Hospital's emergency room, where his mom, Kim Palmer, said the physicians told her to take him home, because there was no fracture.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | November 5, 2005
tiffanya@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - Collin Jackson isn't sure when the cancer cells started to crowd the spaces between his joints, but he felt it. The 17-year-old said it hurt so much that holding a pencil in English class was excruciating. Playing his sousaphone, something that used to be enjoyable, was unbearable. Then one day, he lost feeling in his tongue and mouth. Something just wasn't right. In September, after spending months going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was wrong, Collin finally got his answer.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 23, 2013
Waynesboro teenager Courtney Sprenkle-Shelly learned a lot about bone marrow in the years she fought leukemia, but one day she posed a question about it to her mother. “She said, 'Why don't we ever have drives?'” recalled her mother, April Sprenkle. The pair decided to hold a bone marrow donor registry drive, but Courtney died before that could happen. April Sprenkle continued with the plan and, on Sunday, welcomed each person arriving to a drive being held at Waynesboro's South Potomac Street Fire Hall.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | April 24, 2013
On Thursday, Salem Avenue Elementary School will be “Celebrating Minds at Work” with a student exhibition night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The school has been learning about conservation, and students from each grade level have prepared presentations to educate family members. Families are encouraged to attend and let your child show you his or her work about conservation.   Health event The third-grade classes at Salem Avenue Elementary School held a healthathon April 11. The first part of the evening was a walkathon.
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By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2013
Aaron Miller has three cherished possessions from his junior year at North Hagerstown High School, including a varsity letter for football. He never played a down or snapped on a helmet as the Hubs rolled to a 9-2 record, including a berth in the Maryland Class 3A playoffs. But he was a driving force behind the team's success. During the first week of practice in mid-August, the offensive and defensive lineman was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and given little chance of survival.  But through a combination of positive thoughts, prayers, treatment, great genetics, a little luck and the drive to play football again, he not only remained involved with the Hubs, but inspired his teammates and an entire school.
LIFESTYLE
January 27, 2013
Students at Boonsboro High School raised $1,722.72 to help fund blood cancer research and provide help and hope to thousands of patients and their families through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's  Pennies for Patients program. The collection drive, in honor of third-grade leukemia patient Mackenzie McCarter of Hagerstown, was led by the students of Starlene Hamilton's first- period career- development class.  The National Honor Society at the high school worked in conjunction with the class.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | October 20, 2012
She hoped she had it beat. McKenzie McCarter, 9, of Hagerstown, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September 2007. After 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy at Children's National Medical Center in Washington D.C., she was in remission. Her mother, Melissa McCarter, said life was great. “She got healthy. She was in sports,” McCarter said. Then this past May, bad news struck again. McKenzie, known by those close to her as Kenzie, had relapsed. This time, the treatment plan would include not only chemotherapy, but additional chemo and radiation.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 30, 2012
Abigail Dodson, 9, was wearing a bracelet given to her by her classmate, Mackenzie McCarter, 8, who has leukemia. “She is one of my best friends,” Dodson said. “When she told me she had leukemia, I was really surprised.” Abigail, a Hagerstown third-grader who attends Eastern Elementary School, took part in a walk-a-thon the school held for Mackenzie Wednesday afternoon. Students walked around on a trail outside the school, and teachers collected donations for her. “I'm really proud the school's doing this,” Abigail said.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
In order to preserve the dream of leukemia patient Kevin Ballantine, the St. John's Catholic Prep Vikings for Hope Club has begun fundraising to help cover the costs of sponsoring a bedroom for a Habitat for Humanity home. Ballantine, 23, and a family member of the school community, has been fighting a long-term battle with leukemia. Ballantine recognizes the obstacle, but still wants at least one of his dreams to be carried forward,  even if he will not be able to be directly involved.
OBITUARIES
September 29, 2011
Jesse John Mauk Jr., 74, of San Diego and formerly of Hagerstown, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, of leukemia at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego. He requested that there be no services. His ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey.
OBITUARIES
March 27, 2011
-MARCH 25, 2011 On Friday, March 25, 2011, the beloved wife of Jason E. Williams; mother of Bryan Buckler, Breanne and Jase Williams; daughter of David and Jane Buckler; sister of Pam (Phillip Bowers) Buckler and the late John Buckler; granddaughter of the late Madaline Buckler and Richard and Mary Wolfe.   Family and friends are invited to Cheryl’s life celebration on Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. until service time at noon at George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 6160 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Md. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
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