Sunday, November 25, 2012
Jen Rubino, 17, a high school senior, has braved two dozen surgeries so far. After one, a kind act inspired her to start a charity that has mushroomed, gained celebrity endorsements and helped children in unimaginable pain.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Pam DeFiglio
Sunday, November 25, 2012
As an 11-year-old with a chronic illness, Jen Rubino was having a dark day. She'd had her 13th surgery, and she was lying in a hospital bed, in pain. When she received a handmade greeting card saying "stay strong" from a volunteer she never met, she says it made a world of difference to know that others were pulling for her to make it--and it really did help her to stay strong. Now 17, Rubino, of Park Ridge, a senior at Maine South High School, has founded a charity to give other seriously ill kids that sense of hope and caring she says the card meant to her. Though Rubino struggles with chronic pain every day, she has managed, through Cards for Hospitalized Kids, to help 10,200 kids in hospitals in many states, helped by endorsements …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
More than 600 people are expected at the Breathe Deep Deerfield inaugural event, which has already raised $88,000.
The fight against lung cancer has always been personal for Jill Feldman of Deerfield. Before she was 30, she had lost her mother, father, aunt and two grandparents to the disease. Looking for a way to fight, she joined the Chicago-based organization LUNGevity when it was founded by seven cancer patients in 2001. “LUNGevity was the absolute first organization in the country that was dedicated exclusively to funding lung cancer research,” Feldman said. “I got involved shortly after the first benefit. I was the first volunteer who wasn't a family member or close friend of one of them.” She worked to help the organization grow, as people around the country who had also been touched by the disease began launching walks and other fundraisers. “…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Hogan and Aronson cater to special students through Warrior Buddies.
Growing up, many people are taught to perform good deeds and help others in need. In reality, most people often get caught up in their own busy lives and do not have time to help those less fortunate. Deerfield High School seniors Jenna Aronson and Colleen Hogan are two people who have spent a great portion of their high school careers helping make the lives of others significantly better as part of Deerfield’s Warrior Buddies Club. For over three years, they have been enhancing the lives of many students with special needs. Every other Wednesday, Aronson and Hogan lead a meeting for a school club called Warrior Buddies, a program in which students spend time with peers who have special needs. President Aronson and Vice President Hogan …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Deerfield resident Robin Straus has coached and taught at Lake Forest High School for more than 30 years. Carol Myers of Lake Forest calls Deerfield High School home.
The lives of Robin Straus of Deerfield and Carol Myers of Lake Forest have been intensely intertwined for more than 30 years. In that time the two coaches and teachers have touched the lives of numerous young people in both communities. Straus grew up in Highland Park and lived her adult life in Deerfield. She's been at Lake Forest High School since 1979, coaching gymnastics and teaching physical education. She retired as a teacher in June but continues to coach. After growing up on Long Island in her early years, Myers moved with her family to Northbrook in high school. She settled in Lake Forest after college where she taught for a semester in 1979 before taking a job as a gym teacher and gymnastics coach at Deerfield High School. “…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Please help us choose our Athlete of the Week, Nov. 28 - Dec. 4: New Trier's Samantha Stoddart, Niles North's Mariyah Henley, Evanston's Josh Irving, Glenbrook North's Corey Kahen and Niles West's Ahmad Gibson.
Nearly 10,000 votes were cast to make Erin Purdy last week's Athlete of the Week. The following nominees for our region's Patch Athlete of the Week, Nov. 28- Dec. 4: Samantha Stoddart, freshman, girls gymnastics, New Trier – Making her debut at the high-school level, Stoddart won the all-around competition in a dual meet against Niles North with a combined score of 34.85 over four events. Stoddart also took first in the uneven parallel bars (8.6) and floor exercise (9.1). Mariyah Henley, senior, basketball center, Niles North – After eclipsing the 1,000-point mark for her career last week, Henley continued her scoring onslaught by dropping 36 points in Niles North’s 57-47 loss to New Trier on Nov. 29. Henley’s 36 points tied a career high…
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Almost 10,000 votes were cast during Patch's week-long poll; see who came out on top.
Patch Athlete of the Week, Nov. 21- Nov. 27: Erin Purdy is this week's Patch Athlete of the Week. Garnering about 56 percent of the vote, Purdy topped a deep field that included local basketball and football players. There were nearly 10,000 votes, but Purdy's state championship win in diving gave her the edge and made her this week's winner. See last week's nominees HONORABLE MENTION Dashae Shumate, sophomore, basketball forward, Niles West – The dynamic sophomore forward scored a season-high 22 points in Niles West’s 73-57 victory over defending state runner-up Zion Benton in the Deerfield Thanksgiving Challenge on Nov. 21. Shumate scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and should be a second scoring option to Jewell Loyd for Niles West…
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Deerfield barber, entrepreneur team up to help people find jobs. Today he is Huffington Posts's greatest person of the day.
Elias Otero is a quiet man of action. The owner of Otero’s Barber Shop in Deerfield has been doing something about Sept. 11 since the attacks occurred 10 years ago and now he is tackling the nation’s unemployment problem. Each Wednesday Otero gives free haircuts to the unemployed just as he has been doing for returning servicemen since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 10 years ago. Dec. 8 he is being recognized as Huffington Post’s greatest person of the day. There is a price for the haircuts. The job seeker or returning member of the armed forces must bring a resume that will be placed in a binder in the shop so anyone there who may need to hire someone can take a look. “This is a little piece but every little bit …