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August 28, 2013



Community steps up to help man with leukemia By Neil Pierson

his full-time caregiver once he’s able to leave the hospital. Sammamish resident Larry However, the cost of the proChurch was diagnosed with cedure is taking its toll on the chronic myelogenous leukemia Church family. more than a year and a half ago, Larry had to leave his job as and the situation quickly detehead butcher at the Klahanie riorated into a life-threatening QFC store, and will be losing his battle. employer-based Church insurance in How to help underwent September. chemotherapy Anyone interested in With Tara at as part of his making a donation or bidhis side every treatment for ding on auction items to day, she’s at risk the disease, help Sammamish resident of losing her which attacks Larry Church can go online job as the head the body’s white to and cook at Issaquah blood cells. enter Church’s name in the High School. Advances “Find a Patient” box on the It was a in medication home page. conundrum that have greatly drove people increased the like Kathy Boll long-term surand Karen Yose vival rate for CML patients, but into action. nothing was working for Church. Boll and Yose have known He recently got a stem cell Tara Church for many years; transplant and is in the midst of they’re all congregants at the a 100-day isolation period at the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterUniversity of Washington Medical day Saints on Duthie Hill Road. Center in Seattle. Boll calls the couple “a good Transplant patients have a friend of the family,” noting that high risk of infection, so keeping Tara helped her with her chilbacteria at bay is a crucial part of dren when they were babies. recovery. His wife, Tara, will be “Initially, I think a lot of

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From left, Addy Boll, Emma Boll, Olivia Jones and Peyton Westwood help sell baked goods and treats on Aug. 23 during a community yard sale fundraiser. people kind of stepped up to see what they could do to help, knowing there would be a huge

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financial need,” Boll said. “Losing your insurance when you have leukemia is not a good

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Area students take charge as leaders at summer camp By Neil Pierson

Riley Dieffenbach, left, and Katie Braden share a laugh while learning how to open lockers on Aug. 23 at Beaver Lake Middle School. Dieffenbach and Braden were part of a huge group of new students and incoming sixth-graders who attended the school’s orientation “scavenger hunt.” School officials separated the students into small groups and had eighth-graders lead them around the building. They learned several things, including what sports the school offers, when daily announcements are made, how to check out library books and where fees are paid.

deal,” Yose said. “They have the

With the start of the 2013-14 school year on the immediate horizon, several students at Eastside Catholic School and Skyline High School are looking to make an impression on their first days back in the classroom. Fifteen students from Eastside Catholic, and another eight from Skyline, participated in a popular and long-running leadership camp known as Mount Adams, one of six camps held over the summer with the support of the Association of Washington School Principals. The Mount Adams camp took place July 18-23 at the Cispus Learning Center near Randle. The six-day event puts highschool students in a communal environment where they not only share sleeping quarters and meals, but learn a lot about each other and how to affect positive change within their schools. Julia Troy, who will be a

senior at Eastside Catholic, participated in the camp for a second straight year. She said this time around was a bit different because she didn’t have to spend so much time learning to feel comfortable around new people. This year, the central focus was on knowing herself as a leader. There’s no requirement for camp participants to hold an elected office within their student government, although they are recommended and registered as part of an official student delegation. Troy will serve as the senior class vice president at ECS, and she said she has grown much more comfortable with leadership roles. As a freshman, she took cues from student-body leaders and felt they were making a big impact on the school. “I think it has helped that both of my parents are natural leaders, are talkative and outgoing,” See LEAD, Page 9