Chad Lindskog Evansville Courier & Press Published 10:15 AM EDT Oct 15, 2018 EVANSVILLE — Walking doesn’t come easy for Sam Archuleta. He’s wobbly. He trips over his own feet a lot. He struggles to move in a straight line. Most people don’t need to think before taking a step. Sam does. He's 15 and suffers from a debilitating, degenerative neuromuscular disorder called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). He was diagnosed in March and is one of only 5,000 people in the United States and 15,000 worldwide who have it. How does he describe his battle with the ailment? “It's just frustrating,” he said. FA affects Sam's speech, coordination and has led to a heart condition. It shortens his life-expectancy. There isn’t a cure yet, and the disease could eventually leave him unable to walk. Many people with FA, especially when they're teenagers like Sam, try to hide the disease. The little things we take for granted -- eating and sitting up, … [Read more...] about Evansville North’s Sam Archuleta battling Friedreich’s ataxia.
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Lisa Rein, The Washington Post Published 11:29 am PDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 A student practices Feldenkrais in a class led by Chrish Kresge in her studio in Northwest Washington. The method -- featuring slow, sometimes tiny movements of the shoulders, neck, hips, legs and ribs -- aims to retrain the mind and body. less A student practices Feldenkrais in a class led by Chrish Kresge in her studio in Northwest Washington. The method -- featuring slow, sometimes tiny movements of the shoulders, neck, hips, legs and ribs -- aims ... more Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Calla Kessler Chrish Kresge leads a Feldenkrais class in her home studio in Washington, D.C. Chrish Kresge leads a Feldenkrais class in her home studio in Washington, D.C. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Calla Kessler People lie on mats during a Feldenkrais … [Read more...] about Working out with your eyes? I gave it a try
September 20, 2018 By Bill Pollock WashU Play-By-Play Broadcaster Jay Murry will attempt to complete an unusual doubleheader October 13-14. First, at historic Francis Field, he will call the WashU home football game vs. nationally-ranked Wheaton College at 1:00 p.m. October 13. Then, he will embark on a solo 24-hour run/walk at 6:00 that night to raise awareness and research funds for the fight against Rett syndrome. That event will be conducted at the Sumers Recreation Center indoor track until 6:00 p.m. October 14; and proceeds will be split evenly between Rettsyndrome.org and the Rett Spectrum Clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The fundraising goal for the event is $20,000. Jay is entering his 10th year as the “Voice of the Bears”, and he is using his first attempt at a 24-hour solo ultramarathon to bring attention to Rett syndrome—a disorder that takes away the physical abilities primarily of young girls, just as they begin to learn how to crawl and … [Read more...] about Woman’s “grace and grit” pushes Wash U. sports announcer to push himself
FARMINGTON — In the summer of 1948, Margaret Chase Smith had reason to celebrate. The four-term congresswoman had just defeated a former governor and the sitting governor to win the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, which in those days meant she was all but certain to become the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. She finished her campaign activities one day in Farmington, then joined two of her closest friends on the porch of their home, holding their 6-month-old baby on her lap while sharing her triumph over the establishment wing of the state’s ruling party and the shattering of a very high glass ceiling. JANET MILLS Age: 70Residence: FarmingtonFamily: Widow; five adult stepdaughtersParty affiliation: DemocratOccupation: Attorney general of Maine (2008-2010; 2012-present)Previously: Maine legislator (2002-2008); district attorney (1980-1994); assistant attorney general (1976-1980).Policy stances: Expand Medicaid; invest in research and development; … [Read more...] about Janet Mills’ mission: Break yet another glass ceiling
This election season, underrepresented groups in politics are making waves on the campaign trail – from women to minorities to members of the LGBT community. Another group is making its presence felt as well: young Americans. The prime example is 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic congressional primary. Assuming she’s elected in November, Ocasio-Cortez would become the youngest member of Congress – taking that title from upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was first elected at age 30. But they’re just two of many millennials in New York who are not waiting their turn. Each year, City & State identifies 40 members of the next generation – all under the age of 40 – who are already leaders in elected office and in state offices, in labor and in business, in advocacy and in academia, in government affairs and in journalism. We profile the behind-the-scenes figures crafting groundbreaking legislation, … [Read more...] about The 2018 Albany 40 Under 40