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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.
By ALICIA NOTORIANNI | October 1, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - Fredi Wishard remembers attending a Ride for Kids event in Pittsburgh to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. A young man who had survived brain surgery addressed the crowd at the Celebration of Life program. He thanked the motorcyclists for their support and shared the poignant story of his life after diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor. Wishard attended the ride again the following year and asked for an update on the young man. She learned that he had died.
by KRISTIN WILSON | March 27, 2006
On Dec. 4, 2005 Ian Rogers was a perfectly normal 6-year-old boy who loved chasing bugs, catching spiders and digging in the dirt. But on Dec. 5 he began showing signs of dizziness and became unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors found Ian was bleeding in the area of his brainstem. For three and a half months, the Rogers family, of Hagerstown, watched Ian endure surgeries to drain the fluid accumulating in his brain. They watched as Ian lost the abilities to speak and move his limbs.
By HEATHER KEELS | | June 17, 2011
Garnet Stevens doesn't think of himself as a control freak. "I'm more of a 'Yes dear, no dear, whatever you want to do dear,'" the Waynesboro Pa. resident said. But last December, when doctors told Stevens he had two brain tumors, he found himself marveling at how much cancer took control of his life. "It controls your schedule ... it controls how your body feels ... it controls when you eat and what you eat," Stevens said Friday evening during the opening ceremony for Relay for Life at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown.
by Dr. Dan Cornell | August 1, 2005
Following the discovery of X-rays more than 100 years ago, it was determined that X-rays could be used to cure certain forms of cancer. However, initial attempts at directing radiation at the tumor were hampered because the radiation beam did not have enough energy to penetrate to deeper structures, such as the prostate. Another problem with early treatments was an inability to focus the beam to avoid critical organs that might be close to the tumor region. It was understood that if radiation were given in small, daily doses, it had the ability to shrink tumors and allow normal tissues to recover from the insult of the small doses.
by JULIE E. GREENE | April 9, 2007
MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Linda Troia spends most of her days on her bed, lying on her stomach or her side watching TV, reading magazines or talking on the phone. Troia's life has been like this since mid-February, about three months after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer. Troia, 54, of Mercersburg, has a large tumor on her tailbone. The case is unusual because medical officials haven't been able to determine where the cancer started, said Dr. Shaju Shamsuddin, Troia's radiation oncologist at Chambersburg Hospital.
January 3, 1997
By BOB PARASILITI Staff Writer Jared Stoner isn't old enough to have seen one of his father's races against the clock. But the 2-month-old son of Earl and Melissa Stoner is in his own race against time. Jared Stoner's opponents are two rare liver diseases - veno occlusive disease and neonatal hemochromatosis - caused by the therapy he needed to fight a cancerous tumor of the adrenal gland. After a week of positive signs, his course of recovery took a bad turn on Wednesday.
January 21, 2008
Cancer center employee becomes tumor registrar John R. Marsh Cancer Center employee Heidi Weise recently became a certified tumor registrar. Registrars create a complete summary of history, diagnosis, treatment and disease status for cancer patients. The work of the registrar leads to better information which is used in the management of cancer and cures. Weise was mentored by Linda Shroyer, certified tumor registrar at John R. Marsh Cancer Center. Weise has worked for Washington County Health System for more than 11 years.
by MARLO BARNHART | July 15, 2002
By MARLO BARNHART Joy Eldridge says she owes her life to God - and Gleevec. When several surgeries failed to stop the recurrence of tumors in her abdomen seven years ago, Eldridge agreed to test the new cancer drug that is continuing to shrink her cancerous tumor. "It all started in 1995 when a mass the size of a grapefruit was found and removed," she said from the Hagerstown home she shares with her husband of 59 years, Clarence Eldridge. For the next four years, nothing happened.
By MARLO BARNHART | March 7, 2009
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 Henry Keating Scheck, who died Feb. 25 at the age of 4. His obituary was published in the Feb. 28 edition of The Herald-Mail. Four-year-old Henry Keating Scheck died Feb. 25 with his family at his bedside. Also nearby was an uninvited companion that had been with the boy for 16 months of his short life -- cancer.
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