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Memories of Columbine keep awareness alive

On April 20, 1999, two students from Columbine High School in Colorado shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher. It was the worst high school shooting in the nation’s history. This year, on Oct. 25, about 1,200 students from Kyrene Middle School in Tempe gathered in the multipurpose room during back-to-back assemblies to learn […]

To meal-delivery volunteers, clients are just like family

When Sue Fant retired after working 32 years as a schoolteacher, she knew she wanted to find a way to help others. About two years ago, Fant, a south Tempe resident, started volunteering as a driver for Tempe Community Action Agency’s Home Delivered Meal program. Fant ended up spending two mornings a week helping to […]

Surviving Adversity: A Life Left Behind

Thuy Wong is living proof that, with love and support from people who care about and believe in you, it is possible to overcome even the worst kinds of adversity.In the early 1970s, Wong was a little girl living in Vietnam. The youngest of 10 children, Wong endured extreme poverty and tragedy. Shortly after the […]

Lost too soon: Hospital’s infant memorial aids parents’ grieving

For most families, the birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, filled with happiness and celebration. But for those who lose an infant—either to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal complications—the birth is an emotionally devastating experience. For up to nine months, parents have anticipated the arrival of their new child, and to have the baby […]

‘Sense of joy’ pervades classrooms at one of area’s top AIMS schools

Kathy Covert doesn’t want to sound boastful, but it’s hard not to. In its latest release of academic data, the Arizona Department of Education revealed that, once again, third through eighth graders from Summit School of Ahwatukee, where Covert is admissions director, did exceptionally well in the statewide AIMS Dual Purpose Assessment. For example, Covert […]

‘Volunteens’ bring a smile to patients’ faces

This summer, Elizabeth Coloccia did a lot more than just hang out at the pool or mall with her friends. She also spent every Monday morning working at Chandler Regional Medical Center, helping patients and visitors navigate their way through the nuances of a hospital stay. Elizabeth, who just began her junior year at Corona […]

Profile: Caroline Jordan ‘You made me feel beautiful’

As the owner of Lizard Thicket, a boutique-style clothing store in west Chandler, Caroline Jordan loves hearing from people that she’s made feel good about themselves.“I hear it time and again: ‘You and your staff made me feel beautiful,’” she says of the familiar refrain “A lot of times customers will say, ‘I don’t know […]

In-home treatments gain renewed focus

To say that Sharon Barajas is busy is an understatement. Barajas, who co-owns a local landscaping business with her husband, typically leaves her home around 5 a.m. and is on the go for most of the day. So when her kidneys began to fail due to complications from diabetes and Barajas had to start hemodialysis, […]

Interim pastor considers job a fulltime labor of love

As interim pastor at Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church in south Tempe, Dr. Larry Corbett stays busy every day with a variety of jobs that are typical for most pastors.He leads Bible studies, and the weekly worship services, too. He writes his weekly sermon every Friday like clockwork, and he counsels church members who are […]

In final days, quality of life remains the focus of care

In Oregon and other states where people in their final weeks can sign up for services to end their lives, most typically end up not using them. “When it comes down to the wire, most people don’t really want to decide when they will die; they just want to be comfortable,” says Donna Nolde, manager […]

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