Marrow match sought for girl

first_imgInformation about the “General Hospital” event is available at ghkidsevent.tripod.com. That Web site has information specifically on Hailey under the heading “Meet Hailey.” She needs blood donors now, said Amber McCarty, a campaign manager in Ventura County for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donors who have O-negative blood can contribute to Hailey directly at Childrens Hospital. “She can’t receive a marrow transplant until she gets into remission,” McCarty said. “We need blood to keep her healthy now. But in the bigger picture it’s the marrow match that’s going to save her life.” “To get tested for marrow, it’s simply a cheek swab.” Dad Rick Kent is a construction project manager who has been working in the L.A. area recently, allowing him to visit his daughter. “My wife spends the week here and I spend the weekends and drop by every chance I get,” he said at the hospital. Hailey and her brother got into show business when their parents found out there was a demand for twins as child actors in Hollywood. Television producers like using twins, and when they were younger the 9-month-olds looked alike, so they could alternate playing the same character even though one was a boy and the other a girl, their father said. It’s the same way Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of Sherman Oaks got their start, alternately acting as the same character to help comply with child labor laws. Everyone in Hailey’s family has already been tested for a bone marrow match, including Ryan, and none of them are suitable. Officials said more than 200,000 people in the United States alone have leukemia and related blood cancers, and another 35,000 U.S. residents are expected to be diagnosed this year. But survival rates have improved from just 14 percent in 1960 to better than 49 percent today, thanks to advances in medical treatment and efforts like the National Marrow Donor Program. “She’s just an amazing child,” Hailey’s father said. “She goes through hell pretty much, but will end up smiling.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602 Get involved A bone marrow donor drive March 24 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ralphs supermarket, 2726 E. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley. A drive May 12 will be held at the Simi Valley Street Fair on Cochran Street between Sequoia and Galena avenues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The child actor’s luau to raise money for leukemia patients will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. It will include a blood drive and marrow screening from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Amber McCarty, the campaign manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at (805) 201-7150, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 660-2450, or Holly Collier of the National Marrow Donor Program at (714) 800-1612. SIMI VALLEY – Hailey Joy Kent and her brother Ryan are twins and child actors. But while one is healthy and thriving, the other is fighting for her life. The twins were born June 6, but at just 4 months old, Hailey developed a low-grade fever and began vomiting. A few tests later, doctors gave her parents the bad news – acute lymphocytic leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy off and on for months at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is helping organize two drives in Simi Valley through the National Marrow Donor Program to help her and others who need transplants. “We thought that she had the flu or something,” said Hailey’s father, Rick, who along with his wife, Maria, has been spending as much time as possible with Hailey at the hospital. “The staff here at Childrens Hospital is just amazing,” he said. “The nurses go the extra distance. Maria is pretty much here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They really are great people here.” Hailey and Ryan have been getting calls to appear on television shows, but Hailey has been unable to do so. And since they play the same character as twins, they always work together. “She’s been sick and losing weight,” her mother said. “We need to get her back into remission so we can start the bone marrow.” Her father said the nurses at Childrens Hospital gathered around the television set to watch her when she and her brother appeared on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” They’ve also had parts in “Medium” and “Standoff.” Hailey’s agent also represents child actors on the television series “General Hospital,” so in addition to the Simi Valley marrow donor events, a July 13 luau to raise money for leukemia patients and to screen potential marrow donors will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City with some of the “General Hospital” child actors. last_img read more

Time to start talking Turkey

first_imgLast week, as foreign minister and member of the current ruling, pro-Islamist party, Abdullah Gul, aimed for the presidential office, the Turkish army vowed to step in if necessary to ensure the country remains firmly secularist. “Recently the main issue emerging in connection with the presidential election has focused on a debate over secularism. This is viewed with concern by the Turkish armed forces,” read the statement from the General Staff, which has toppled governments four times since 1960. “It should not be forgotten that the Turkish armed forces are partial in this debate and are a staunch defender of secularism. The Turkish armed forces are against those debates (questioning secularism)… and will display its position and attitudes when it becomes necessary. No one should doubt that.” The statement drew sharp rebukes from the European Union and others, but Turks’ concerns about remaining secular are real. Strongly secular, current President Ahmet Necdet Sezer keeps Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pro-Islamist government – which has tried to criminalize adultery – in check. The Turkish Republic, Sezer said recently of the Islamist-secularist tug-of-war, “has not faced any threat as significant as that of today.” And a million Turks turned out in Istanbul on Sunday to rally for secularism, topping the 300,000 who recently rallied in Ankara. “This government is the enemy of Ataturk,” one demonstrator told The Associated Press. “It wants to drag Turkey to the dark ages.” Also raising fears about the tide of Islamism was the murder of a Catholic priest last year by a teenager who claimed the shooting was retaliation for the Dutch Muhammad cartoons. That same month, a Catholic friar was beaten by assailants who said they wanted to “clean Turkey of non-Muslims,” according to a State Department report. This April, three employees of a Christian publishing house were found with their hands and feet tied and throats slit; some Muslims had previously accused the publisher of proselytizing. And what about those ties to the direction of Iraq? Turkey fears a strong Iraqi Kurdistan out of concerns that its own ethnic Kurdish minority will be inspired to separatism. Turkey has also threatened Iraq on the claim that the autonomous region is aiding and sheltering Turkish Kurd separatists. Iraq swears any attack would be met with massive resistance. Forget the Shiite-Sunni tit-for-tats: There’s a real possibility that the Iraq war could move to a whole new front, especially if Iraqi Kurdistan gains the independence it wants (and, frankly, deserves). Iraq’s Muslims would likely unite as never before to fight off secular Turkey, yet the last thing coalition forces would want to do is battle Turkey’s military – the avowed defenders of the secularism that the region needs – or attract fundamentalists like Iran into the melee. “We hope that one day Turkey can join the European Union, but for that, Turkey has to be a real European country, in economic and political terms,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said recently. The EU wants a less-powerful Turkish military, but without it Islamists could gain more power to turn back Ataturk’s vision. The nationalism isn’t synonymous with Islamism, but endangers those who are seen as insulting Turkish identity – such as slain ethnic Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink. Turkey could very well invade from the north, dramatically changing the region’s Risk board and forcing the U.S. to uncomfortably pick alliances; with the second-largest standing armed forces in NATO, Turkey could best Iraq’s current hardscrabble military. It’s time to start talking Turkey. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISTANBUL may be a far cry from the Vegas strip, but when it comes to politics, what happens in Turkey does not stay in Turkey. In fact, this country could have a greater impact on the spread of Islamism and the direction of the war in Iraq than anywhere else. Turkey isn’t just the geographical doorway from the Middle East into Europe, but the ideological crossroads as well. Will the government gain acceptance into the European Union, or will it never prove that Turkey is European enough? Will it maintain its secular system or become more Islamist? Will it see Iraq’s prosperous autonomous Kurdish region as such a threat to its wholeness that it invades? Islamism vs. secularism. Muslim vs. European identity. Iraqi stability. It’s all coming together at the former Ottoman Empire, and it’s worth paying attention. last_img read more

On a learning curve

first_imgWhen Indian football decided to turn over a new leaf with the introduction of Indian Super League in 2014, Arsenal and France legend Robert Pires found himself in the middle of a revolution.Together with another legend in Zico, the ‘Invincible’ Pires established a core of young Indian players at FC Goa in Season 1.Football has moved on since Pires’s year-long stint with the Indian club but his assessment of the sport in the country remains the same.At a time when India’s under-age teams are proving their mettle in world football the U-16 national team’s quarter-final finish in AFC Championship to name one the 44-year-old former Gunner winger said the country needs more academies to preserve the young talent.”I know a bit about the Indian under-17 team and I know they are a good side. But in my opinion, and I keep saying this, you need more work on the grassroots level. You need more academies as it is important for the young players. I think the next objective for the Indian federation should be to increase the number of academies in big cities. Besides, you need to take your time and go step by step,” Pires told Mail Today during an interview on Friday.Stressing upon the fact that the Indian under age teams are benefitting from the foreign exposure tours organised by the federation before any major tournament, Pires suggested that the players need to capitalise on this to increase their chances to play in the European clubs in future.advertisement”It is good to know that these players get the exposure tours. But if you take England, for example, they have one of the best junior teams in the world.”Now, they have academies of every football clubs which then promote players to play for the senior team. That’s how they get their opportunity to showcase their talent and make it big. Spain is the same. That’s why they win a lot of trophies,” explained Pires, who is also the ambassador of LaLiga.The ’98 World Cup winner also suggested Indian clubs could develop a similar pattern to European teams by sending young players out on loan to different countries as part of their development.”I think it would be a good idea. I believe Bengaluru (FC) has a good team. They have well under age teams also. I think if teams like theirs can promote their players to senior level to play in the ISL or send them to Japan, China and maybe in Europe, it would set a good example,” he said.During his time with FC Goa, Pires said, he learnt that Indian players had the grit to work hard. And if one read between the lines, the Frenchman also suggested the lack of marquee players or the big names in the ISL has slowed the progress of Indian players.”I think ISL is on a good roll because this is the fifth edition. The level is the same as before, but it is more important to bring foreigner players. I think the first and second edition was the best. It was good for Indian players because they could learn from the big players. When I was with Goa, it was important to help FC Goa and I think I did well because it was a new role, like a teacher, and all of them learnt a lot,” he summed up.last_img read more

Hypertension Week events come to Provo today

first_img Related Items:hypertension week, smart grocery store TCIG Recognizes World Hypertension Day With Scheduled Events Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 May 2015 – Providenciales will today see the Ministry of Health and Human Services set up at Smart Grocery Store down town as it continues activities in commemoration of Hypertension Week. Free testings and advice on lifestyle choices and changes will be available from 10am to 2pm at no charge to the general public. Hypertension Week activities begin in North & Middle Caicos Tuesdaylast_img

KAABOO Del Mar announces its 2019 lineup

first_img March 21, 2019 Updated: 8:03 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s already that time of year again and KAABOO Del Mar rolled out its 2019 lineup Thursday morning.KAABOO Partner and Chief Brand Officer, Jason Felts, stopped by Good Morning San Diego to talk about this year’s performers.The three day event is September 13-15th. For more information click here. Here you have it! Our 2019 #KAABOOdelmar Music + Comedy Lineup. ???????? See you in September.Get your passes before they sell out at this price tier. ???? https://t.co/N0XGSAlsR2 pic.twitter.com/To9bdbhwt4— KAABOO Del Mar (@KAABOODELMAR) March 21, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom KAABOO Del Mar announces its 2019 lineuplast_img read more

Alamo Flags owner continues tradition of giving away thousands of American flags

first_img Updated: 4:30 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of local patriots are encouraging others to celebrate their independence over the Fourth of July this year.KUSI’s Dan Plante visited Seaport Village where the owner of Alamo Flags, began his annual tradition of handing out thousands of flags to anyone who wants one. Dan Plante, Posted: July 1, 2019 Dan Plante Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Alamo Flags owner continues tradition of giving away thousands of American flags for Fourth of July July 1, 2019 The “Flag Man” Giveth!!! 1st Generation American Donates 2000-American Flags For The 4th Of July In San Diego. Loves American Flag So Much, He Started “Alamo Flags” In Seaport Village. Check Out Story On https://t.co/eH5XaiBq7S pic.twitter.com/FCel1eBMKy— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) June 28, 2019last_img read more