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 Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

‘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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