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Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, 2017

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Proclamations WHEREAS, Hydrocephalus is a condition that has no cure with the primary characteristic being an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain resulting in abnormal widening of ventricles in the brain, causing harmful pressure which can be fatal if untreated; andWHEREAS, there are two primary types of hydrocephalus, congenital, appearing at birth, and acquired, which develops at birth or some point afterward; andWHEREAS, in the United States, Hydrocephalus occurs in about 1.5 per 1000 births, and children with this condition often experience seizures, motor disabilities, vision problems, and intellectual disabilities; andWHEREAS, Hydrocephalus is not solely a pediatric condition. Over one million Americans are living with this condition, and anyone can get hydrocephalus at any time from a brain injury, infection, tumor, or, for unknown reasons, as part of the aging process; andWHEREAS, it is estimated that 700,000 seniors are living with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, but less than 20% are properly diagnosed. Many remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, as the primary symptoms mimic those of aging or dementia; andWHEREAS, currently the only treatment for hydrocephalus is the surgical insertion of a shunt system that diverts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to another area of the body where it can join the normal circulatory process; andWHEREAS, over 36,000 shunt surgeries are performed each year, and 50% of shunts will fail within 2 years, and 70% will fail within 10 years, making shunt procedures the number one reason for brain surgery in children; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth joins the Pennsylvania community of the Hydrocephalus Association and the National Hydrocephalus Association, in conjunction with leaders from professional, community, and medical-based organizations, in increasing public awareness of hydrocephalus and research funding to better address the needs of families, resulting in better health for all individuals.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS MONTH. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to support those living with and affected by this condition.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this fifteenth day of September two thousand seventeen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Hydrocephalus Awareness Month 2017 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, 2017 September 15, 2017last_img read more

Clippers’ Matt Barnes now thriving after breakup with reality TV star wife Gloria Govan

first_imgBARNES FILEAge: 34Height: 6-foot-7College: UCLACareer statistics: 8.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg2014-15 statistics: 9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpgSeaons pro: 12 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Yeah, I couldn’t even imagine dealing with everything that he’s dealing with,” Crawford said. “But he’s found a way. He’s a professional, he’s played well and I’m happy for him. When he’s playing like that, it makes our team better.”Crawford said everyone on the team has Barnes’ back.“He knows that we’re all here for him,” Crawford said. “Whenever he wants to talk and whatever he needs, we’re here for him.”Barnes and his wife separated in mid-October during training camp. It affected his game, to be sure, because he could not buy a basket during the exhibition schedule.Barnes began the regular season by averaging just 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games in November. He shot 43.1 percent from the field, 35.7 from 3-point range, which was not too shabby considering he at one time during the preseason was shooting just 9.3 percent (3-for-31) from the field.Barnes then averaged 9.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games in December, shooting 48.8 percent – 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. He had a high of 26 points Dec. 13 at Milwaukee. And in five games in January, he’s averaging 12.8 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent.Barnes, a 6-foot-7 small forward out of UCLA who formerly played with the Lakers, is feeling better. That’s for sure.“You never like to blame anything,” he said of the early troubles. “I just couldn’t hit a shot. But I had a lot of stuff going on, you know? So things are starting to clear up somewhat and I’m back to playing basketball.” Coach Doc Rivers has noticed.“I don’t know the off-the-court stuff, you know, I don’t want to get into that. But on the court, I think he’s playing extremely free,” Rivers said during the recent homestand. “That’s what we need him to do.”This has not been an easy split. According to reports on TMZ and other publications, Barnes and his wife might have separated because of “trust” issues stemming from Govan allegedly forging her husband’s signature on a loan document.One thing’s certain, Barnes has learned a lot about himself during the ordeal.“Just that you’ve gotta stay mentally tough, man,” he said. “Everybody goes through it. When I go through it or when we (pro athletes) go through it, it’s on a world stage, especially with my ex being a reality TV star.“So just stay mentally strong, making sure my kids are always OK, first and foremost. And then when I have basketball, I have basketball. And then when basketball is done, I focus on the rest of the bull(bleep).”Barnes is shooting 44.4 percent (12 of 27) from 3-point range this month – 52.9 percent (9 of 17) the past three games. His focus is where it belongs. On his twins, whom he obviously adores, and that deep 3-ball from the corner he likes to bury. Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers sat at his locker before a recent game at Staples Center. He listened as a reporter began to pose a question and he began making sounds while slightly nodding his head as if to indicate he knew where the reporter was going.How tough has it been to concentrate on being an NBA professional when you are going through the trials and tribulations of a separation and possible divorce?“Um … very difficult,” he said. “You know, especially when your ex is an attention seeker.”Barnes in 2012 married Gloria Govan, who starred on “Basketball Wives: LA.” As the story goes, their relationship was on full display on the show during a pre-marriage breakup in 2011. They have twin sons, the cutest little guys who are often with Dad in the locker room after games. The look on Barnes’ face when discussing the situation tells a story. There’s pain, yet strength.“I’m really out here earning my money right now, to say the least,” said Barnes, whose 25-13 team plays Wednesday night at 7:30 at Portland (29-8). “My job is to focus and play basketball. But, you know, people don’t realize that we have a lot more going on in our lives than just basketball.“I’m a father going through a situation, so I just thank my teammates and my coaches for really understanding what I’m going through and working with me through this. And knowing what I’m capable of and believing in me.”PHOTOS: Matt Barnes and Gloria GovanTeammate Jamal Crawford winced, and then smiled slightly, when he was asked about how well Barnes has handled his personal turmoil.last_img read more

Donor Drops Gold Kruggerand Coin in a Mason City Salvation Army Kettle

first_imgThe Salvation Army is excited to announce that a gold Kruggerand coin was dropped in a bucket this past weekend.Captain Kenyon Sivels said someone put a 1982 South African Krugerrand coin in a kettle at Hy-Vee East sometime between 10 am and 8 pm on Saturday. The Rock Sirius Lodge was manning the kettle at the time.The coin is one ounce of 99.999% pure gold and the value of it depends on the price of gold.It has been several years since The Salvation Army of North Iowa has received a gold coin. Previously a coin was received every year for twenty years in a row but one year they just stopped. We are hopeful this will start a new tradition but even if it is only a onetime thing, we are so appreciative of the generous spirt of our anonymous Christmas angel.This year’s Christmas campaign goal is $253,300. We are still short of the goal but are hopeful that by the end of the year, we will meet our goal. The money raised during our Christmas campaign is used throughout the year to help those in need in North Iowa.last_img read more