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Month: June 2008

Drop Out Learns to Read 60 Years Later

Drop Out Learns to Read 60 Years Later

Woody Arai of Hayward has lead a double life. The 78 year old carried books with him wherever he went, but it wasn’t because he loved books. He couldn’t read. Arai was born and raised in Oakland. His parents owned a restaurant and things were going pretty good. Then World War II crashed down around them. Japanese internment laws interrupted his childhood. He was sent to the Tule Lake camp for 3 years. He went to school in the camp…

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Baby Born Twice

Baby Born Twice

Chad and Keri McCartney were having the times of their lives. They had four beautiful kids and they were expecting their fifth child. During Keri’s 23rd week, they got devastating news. The baby had a tumor growing out of it’s tailbone. The tumor would eventually cut off the blood supply and kill the baby if they didn’t act. Surgeons would have to remove the tumor if the baby was to survive. It would involved a risky procedure which had only…

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Disability Leads to Art Form

Disability Leads to Art Form

Kevin Connolly was born without legs. The Montana native is healthy otherwise. He skateboards and has done things the rest of us born with legs only dream of. But, his appearance causes others discomfort. He has lived his life with the stares of strangers. Though he has lived a normal life, he can’t get around those looks of pity and anxiety. On a trip to Europe, Connolly took a photograph of one gawker. That one photograph has turned into 32,000….

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Stem Cell Cure for One Child

Stem Cell Cure for One Child

It appears that stem cells have affected a cure in 5 year old Nate Liao of a deadly disease. If this is true and the results are replicated, others suffering the rare disease will be able to live normal lives. Liao was born with a fatal disease knwon as “recessive epidermolysis bullosa”. The body lacks a certain protein necessary to skin development (known as collagen type VII). This missing collegen causes blistering and cuts when just a minor bump is…

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Kid Donates Skateboards So Others Can Grind

Kid Donates Skateboards So Others Can Grind

In honor of farmworker and labor leader, Cesar Chavez, organizations have gotten together to build parks in poor neighborhoods. They donated a beautiful skateboard park in Oakland. Only problem–most of the kids in the area don’t have skateboards. Quentin Favia of San Francisco heard about their plight. When he learned that the kids at Rainbow Recreation Center’s Rainbow Skate Park had to share six skateboards, the 12 year old decided to do something about it. He had more skateboards than…

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