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By MARIE GILBERT | April 3, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- Connor Renn was on familiar turf Saturday morning -- the pitcher's mound. It's been his comfort zone since he was 5 years old and learning the basics of baseball. But this time, there were no windups, no curveballs or smoking missiles snapping the catcher's mitt. There was no team to beat. He already had beaten the odds. On Feb. 12, Connor was diagnosed with ganglioglioma, a rare, benign tumor that was found on his spinal cord. His doctors didn't expect the 13-year-old to be out of the hospital at this point.
February 27, 2002
Mandi was a gift from heaven To the editor: Our daughter, Amanda "Mandi" Gregory was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in November 2000. Surgery was successful at John's Hopkins and she celebrated her 13th birthday at a swimming party on Jan. 14, 2001. She received follow-up treatments, but in August 2001, her MRI showed a recurrence which was inoperable. Make-a-Wish Foundation granted her dream and prepared her a party on Oct. 26, 2001. On Nov. 1 we flew to Orlando, Fla. where Mandi lived her dream.
By HEATHER KEELS | April 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The Washington County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring today "Christopher Lewis Day" in recognition of the ninth birthday of a local boy who has fought a cancerous brain tumor for more than half of his life. Chris, the son of Bill and Judi Lewis of Hagerstown, "has spread good cheer to all he has met" and "displayed the heart of a champion and fortitude of a warrior in the midst of suffering, with maturity beyond his years," the proclamation said. Commissioner James F. Kercheval visited the boy and his family Wednesday to deliver the proclamation, along with Randy Buchman, pastor of Tri-State Fellowship Church.
By DON AINES | June 7, 1998
by Ric Dugan / staff photographer enlargement Show benefits Md. teen WAYNESBORO, Pa. - With a helping hand from one of the event's organizers, Sarah Roseberry got up from her wheelchair, walked over to a 1967 Camaro and presented the Best of Show trophy at Sunday's Eighth Annual All-Chevy Car Show. Not bad for a girl who couldn't walk or speak eight months ago. "When she first got out of surgery and was in the ICU, she couldn't talk. She couldn't even swallow," said the 13-year-old's mother, Teresa Roseberry, of Boonsboro.
By MARLO BARNHART | April 3, 2010
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back -- through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others -- at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Beth Ann Thompson Ostoich, who died March 19 at the age of 55. Her obituary was published in the March 24 edition of The Herald-Mail. Beth Ostoich began her life under the watchful eye of God, spending the first 17 years of her life in Brazil with her missionary parents.
April 17, 2006
Team presents at state conference Employees of Washington County Hospital's Total Rehab Care recently attended and presented at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland Inc. annual conference in Linthicum Heights, Md. The conference provided information about brain injury treatment, services, research and advocacy with the goal of improving collaboration and networking between individuals with brain injury, families and professionals....
by TIM ROWLAND | May 22, 2007
Editor's Note: This column by Tim Rowland was originally published on Dec. 12, 2006. No one would be surprised to learn that last week I went to Washington County Hospital and got my throat slit. What might be revealing is that I asked for it. For the past few years now, I've had a knot on the side of my neck that made it look as if I'd been bitten by a 250-pound mosquito. It didn't bother me in the least, but it almost always made children cry, and stuff.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | November 17, 2011
Williamsport resident Melissa Foster is a successful author with three books on Amazon's top-100 electronic books listing. She's happy about that, and about the two books she is currently writing. But Foster, 45, knows writing can be hard work, especially for children. So when she leads her writing program, Aspiring Authors, at area elementary schools, her first question to the kids is "How many kids here hate to write?" "My focus at first is to engage the kids in telling me why they don't like to write," she said.
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