Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins Volleyball, soccer previews coming this weekend Michael A Cheek

‘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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved