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Christmas is over, but let the giving spirit continue

by Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris Jesse

Danielle Conway has cancer. It has spread, and she’s in the hospital again (as this is written). Her insurance runs out this week, Jan. 1, and she is going through another round of chemotherapy, which, unfortunately, she may be allergic to. Danielle has two children, one in high school, the other in grade school.

Why, you ask, are we telling you this? Well, we know she will need help, and soon, and, as soon as it’s set up, we will tell you about an account for donations and a benefit to help her as well. In the meantime, her mother, Norma Conway (who has been active in many community causes), is on leave from her job at the Nuclear Waste Projects office to help care for Danielle and her family, while postponing a second back surgery that she needs for herself.

These are great people who are literally fighting for their lives. So we are asking any state workers who may have excess sick leave to contact Cathy Sack in the NWP office at 687-3744 and donate catastrophic leave to Norma to help keep her going. And if you have time to pray for them, they could surely use that, too. Many thanks to you all.

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We hope your Christmas was a merry one, and that you got what was coming to you (now that’s open to interpretation). People getting older this week are Jonni Moon, Karen Hinton and Marty Tate. After this week’s festivities, at least let them eat cake.

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Bruce Smith let us know that this coming week is National Mental Health Care week (at least in his mind), and that “you can do your part by remembering to contact at least one unstable person to show you care.” He says his job is now done. (M thinks that “one” is the Big C … on the other hand.)

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May the new year be good to you and yours; may there be someone with a workable plan to get us out of this mess in Iraq; and the best resolution of all is “Peace on earth to men of good will (or “good will to men,” depending on which Bible you read). HAPPY NEW YEAR!

• Carolyn Tate and Maizie Harris Jesse are longtime Carson City residents. Write to them at editor@nevadaappeal.com.