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Comforting ​c​anine ​e​ases ​d​octor ​v​isits

POOCH COMFORTS PATIENT—Labrador Retriever 'Niles' recently joined Parker Strobeck for a doctor's appointment at Mercy Kids in Springfield, MO. (Submitted photo)
POOCH COMFORTS PATIENT—Labrador Retriever ‘Niles’ recently joined Parker Strobeck for a doctor’s appointment at Mercy Kids in Springfield, MO. (Submitted photo)

It’s a story about a boy and a dog – but not just any boy, and not just any dog.

Eleven-year-old Parker Strobeck has been living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy since he was three. One of the nine types of muscular dystrophy, it’s caused by the absence of a certain protein that keeps muscle cells intact. As a result, patients experience increasing muscle weakness.

“Parker has recently gone from being able to walk part of the time to now needing a wheelchair full time,” explained his mother, Kerri Strobeck. “One of the hardest things is looking back at things we know Parker used to be able to do that he can no longer do. We have our ups and downs, but we try not to dwell on the negatives and take life one day at a time.”

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Positive momentum launches McAuley into new school year

McAuley Catholic High School launched the beginning of the school year still on a wave of positivity that completed its 2014-2015 academic year.

* Amanda Walker, sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America, guided McAuley senior students Tien Le and Steven Patrick to a ranking of 10th in the nation for the design and implementation of a computer game under the category of Computer Game and Simulation.

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Local students awarded healthcare scholarships

Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Medical Center Auxiliary in Cape Girardeau awarded healthcare scholarships to 23 local students on July 31. Each student received $2,000 in scholarships toward a degree in a healthcare-related profession.

The Saint Francis Healthcare Scholarship Program was created in 1980. The program is funded by the Saint Francis Foundation and the Saint Francis Auxiliary. Since its inception, the program has provided more than $533,000 in education scholarships to college students in an effort to encourage participation in professional healthcare careers. Scholarship recipients must have completed at least one year in an accredited healthcare program, maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and complete the application and essay requirements by the scheduled deadline. They must also reside within Saint Francis Medical Center’s service area, as defined in the application.

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Abortionist for Columbia Planned Parenthood Center​ recruited by MU professor


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At a ​recent ​hearing before the Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, ​E​mails produced by the University of Missouri pursuant to a Senate subpoena show how actively involved MU staff was in recruiting abortionist Dr. Colleen McNicholas to Columbia to perform abortions.

Those ​E​mails reveal that Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, an Assistant Teaching Professor at MU and a nurse practitioner for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, actively recruited Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and facilitated her efforts to get privileges with University of Missouri Health Care.

According to the ​E​mails, the two ​women ​first met in Orlando, where McNicholas was giving a presentation. Using her University ​E​mail account, Metcalf-Wilson sought out McNicholas at the event, and together they made “a plan” for McNicholas to begin providing abortions in Columbia.

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