Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

‘Keller Night’ Benefit is Friday

A “Black Out Cancer” benefit for Keller Beech Wilson will be held on Friday, Jan. 29 during the Peebles/ North Adams high school boys basketball game. Keller, the three year-old son of Kyle Wilson and Jennifer Beech of Peebles, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) in early January. He recently underwent genetic testing which revealed that he has a rare type of A.L.L. called Hypodiploid. His mother posted the sad news on the family’s Keller’s Crusaders Facebook page.

“Life threw us a curve ball. Results came back from Keller’s genetic testing and doctors discovered he has a rare type of A.L.L called Hypodiploid, meaning he does not have enough chromosomes in his DNA. Unfortunately, this puts him in a very high risk category, thus changing his treatment plan. He will need to go through a few more months of extensive chemo and radiation, making sure to kill off everything before he receives a bone marrow transplant. Tough stuff, but just the reality we must face. We are in the best place we could be, with an excellent team of doctors who have made leaps and bounds in finding successful treatments for this crazy disease. We have a long road ahead of us, but with all the love and support of our family, friends, community, and even strangers, we are ready to face it head on! Thanks again for all of your prayers and loving energy. We feel it!”

Doctors will be reassessing Keller’s condition sometime in February to determine if he can return home for a visit before his bone marrow transplant is scheduled. Following the transplant he will be hospitalized for several months.

Community members planning to attend the game and benefit are being asked to wear black shirts to support the benefit’s “Black Out Cancer” theme. There will also be black “Keller Strong” t-shirts available for purchase in all sizes during the event.

Additionally, the North Adams and Peebles basketball players and cheerleaders will wear “Keller Strong” t-shirts provided by their schools’ Athletic Boosters Clubs.

The benefit will feature a live auction of basketballs signed by Keller and the Peebles and North Adams teams and cheerleaders, a 50/50 Raffle drawing, and a silent auction, which will be held in the cafetorium throughout the evening. A portion of all concessions sold will also be donated. All proceeds will go to Keller’s family. To donate auction items or purchase t-shirts, contact Carisa Kremin (937)-779-7648, Mandy Knechtly (937)470-3986, or Misty Arey (937)798-1733.

Those attending the game and benefit will also have the opportunity to participate in a “Be the Match” drive. The “Be the Match” team will be taking cheek swab samples from anyone interested in donating bone marrow to Keller.

For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, bone marrow transplants offer the cure. Over the past 25 years “Be The Match”, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program, has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world.

Doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group 90% of the time. Younger donors produce more and higher-quality cells than older donors. However, anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can join the Be The Match Registry.

Matching donors and patients is much more complex than matching blood types. Doctors match donors to patients based on their human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue type. HLA are markers found on most cells in the human body. The immune system uses these markers to recognize which cells belong in your body and which do not. A close HLA match between donor and patient is the most important matching factor.

A patient’s doctor selects several potential donors whose HLA matches the patient at a basic level. The doctor then asks for additional testing to determine which donor most closely matches the patient.

If a patient has many matches, doctors will also consider other factors such as the donor’s age, gender, blood type, height and weight.

If you are chosen as the best match for a patient, the doctors will request that you donate either bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC).

Keller was in high spirits while his aunt, Mandy Knechtly, cut his hair recently.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Keller-1.jpgKeller was in high spirits while his aunt, Mandy Knechtly, cut his hair recently.
Peebles, North Adams teams are ‘Blacking Out Cancer’

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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