Monday, January 7, 2013
Manny Cabral thought the most important thing he'd do in 2012 would be earn a Division 1 baseball scholarship. He was wrong.
Many college students enjoy spending parts of their Semester Break on ski trips to the mountains or lounging on some tropical beach. Manny Cabral, a junior at Texas Southern University, spent his break doing his part to save the life of a complete stranger. On Dec. 20, doctors at the Roger Williams Medical Center extracted bone marrow from the former Tewksbury High star athlete to transplant to a patient battling a life-threatening illness. "All they would tell me is that she is a 30-year-old woman," said Cabral. "They said she (was) scheduled to have the transplant the first week of January and they told me they'd let me know how she was doing." Once Cabral was told he was a perfect match for a donor in need of a transplant, he didn't …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Here are 12 stories we published in 2012 about Tewksbury residents inspiring others and making a difference in the lives of their friends and neighbors.
Tewksbury is blessed to be chock full of men, women and children willing to give of their time, energy and money to make life better for those around them. The community also has more than its share of people who have earned our respect through their tenacity and heart as they battle adversity to achieve their goals. Here are 12 stories that inspired us in 2012. They Say 'She Can't,' But She Says 'Why Not?' Gina Utegg has battled traumatic brain injury, PTSD and breast cancer. Next up is the Pan Mass Challenge. Three Eagles Scouts in Salvo Family A handful of cub scouts will go on to achieve Eagle Scout. The Salvo family can boast that all three boys have reached that goal. Volunteering is a Family Affair for the Frisellas 11-year-old …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
More than 40 police departments left the Burlington Mall this morning to deliver cards to 6-year-old Nathan Norman in Rustburg, Virginia.
The only thing on Dawn Norman's wish list this holiday season is that her 6-year old son Nathan lives to see another Christmas—and that his wish of receiving cards, letters and patches from as many police officers, fire fighters and EMTs is fulfilled. Why? Because police officers, fire fighters and EMTs happen to be Nathan's heroes. As reported on New Milford Patch three years ago, Nathan, who lives with his family in Rustburg, Virginia, was diagnosed with brain cancer. "I remember the doctor saying that there was an abnormality," Dawn Norman remembers. "The doctor kept telling me over and over that there was an abnormality and then it hit me. He was telling me that my son had cancer." Like most little boys, Nathan loves to watch cops, …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Susan Appleby gets state to recognize November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Susan Appleby knows it's no accident that she has survived four-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with Stage 3B Lung Cancer. She knows she's blessed and she wanted to make sure she didn't waste that blessing. So the Tewksbury resident has been using all of the resources available to her to educate people about lung cancer and the risk factors associated with it. As part of that campaign, Appleby successfully lobbied the Legislature and Gov. Deval Patrick to declare November "Lung Cancer Awareness Month" in Massachusetts. "About three months ago I decided there must be a reason I'm still around. I wanted to get involved," said Appleby. "I'm one of the lucky ones." Earlier this month, Appleby was presented with an official "Lung Cancer …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Meet Your Neighbor is an occasional series that gives you the chance to get to know a little bit more about the some the terrific folks who call Tewksbury their home.
Tewksbury resident Peter Foy is not only a candlepin bowler, but makes different creations out of the bowling balls he cuts, shapes, and sands. Photographer Sahwn Hansen had the chance recently to spend some time with Foy and learn about his talents.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner is the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War.
If you're locked in a tight re-election campaign, the endorsement of a genuine American hero can't hurt. U.S. Senator Scott Brown was in Tewksbury on Monday for a campaign stop at the Tewksbury VFW. In addition to rallying support for Brown, local veterans also had the opportunity to honor retired Navy Capt. Thomas J. Hudner, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient from the Korean War. Hudner, 87, publicly endorsed Brown in his bid for reelection, just as he had when Brown was first elected to the Senate in 2010. "I'm very proud of my time in the Navy and I believe in the need for a strong defense," said Hudner, who grew up in Fall River and has lived in Concord for more than 35 years. "Thank goodness for Scott Brown and what he's done …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Although their reasons vary, Tewksbury cyclists are committed to raising money to find a cure for cancer by riding in the Pan Mass Challenge. This is the third and last in a series profiling these dedicated people.
Thirteen cyclists from Tewksbury are participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) August 4-5 for various reasons, ranging from being a survivor to a family member who has or has had cancer to supporting a friend or their family member with cancer. Veterans or first times, all of the cyclists said they are doing it because 100 percent of the monies go to the Dana Farber Institute for research. Anyone interested in donating to a rider or to the PMC can go on the website and type in their name. This is Part 3 of our series of rider profiles. Click here to see Part 1 and Part 2. Gina Utegg Age: 43 Residence: Has lived in Tewksbury for 20 years with family, originally from New York Route: 192 Miles from miles over two days from Sturbridge to …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Tewksbury's Challenger League baseball team enjoyed a magical baseball experience at Fenway Park with Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan.
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Friday, July 20, 2012
For a group of Tewksbury youngsters, every baseball fantasy, dream, and aspiration came true at Fenway Park on Wednesday, July 18. The Tewksbury Challenger baseball team, a squad for players with mental and physical disabilities, had a Boston baseball experience that they’ll surely never forget. Along with their families and volunteer buddies, the team sat in the Red Sox dugout and took cuts in the batting cages. They touched the Green Monster and stepped up to the plate. They had batting practice on the historic field with Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. To top it off they experienced a comprehensive, guided tour of America’s most beloved ballpark during the year of its 100th anniversary. Amidst the excitement, the Challenger Team was…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
This is the second in a series profiling Tewksbury residents who are committed to raising money to find a cure for cancer by riding in the Pan Mass Challenge.
Thirteen cyclists from Tewksbury are partcipating in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) August 4-5 for various reasons ranging from being a survivor to a family member who has or had cancer to supporting a friend or whose family member had cancer. Veterans or first-timers, all of the cyclists are doing this because 100 percent of the monies go the Dana Farber Institute. Anyone interested in donating to a rider or to the PMC can go on the website and type in the rider's name. These are their profiles: Rick DiFronzo Age: 47 Residence: Has lived in Tewksbury for 20 years Route: 192 miles over two days from Sturbridge to Provincetown Training: Rick rides every weekend through Tewksbury, Andover, North Andover, and continues eastward as far as …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The United Methodist Church's new pastor and her ministry dog will split their time between Tewksbury and North Andover.
The Rev. Deborah Shipp, appointed to the Tewksbury United Methodist Church, began her duties on Sunday, July 1, according to a press release issued by the church. She will split her time between the Tewksbury and the First United Methodist Church in North Andover. Unique to her ministry, Rev. Shipp is joined by Sawyer, a large Golden Retriever "who is a certified therapy and ministry service dog, who has been the Reverend's partner for 71/2 years," according to the release. Ordained in 1984 as deacon and elder in 1987 by the New England Conference, Rev. Shipp has served churches in Pawtucket, RI, Bridgewater, MA. Providence, RI, Portsmouth, NH and most recently Eliot, ME. She also spent a year doing urban ministry in Dorchester. A native …