Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Dave Cooney, 57, of Brighton, received his transplant in 2009, after being diagnosed with the same lung disease that took his twin brother.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on March 30, 2012. This is just one example of the many people making a difference in the Brighton area. Read more about those people here, and leave a comment below to tell us about other people are making a difference every day. Brighton resident Dave Cooney will tell every one he meets about his miracle. The 57-year-old is a survivor of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis - a lung disease with no known cause and no cure. Now, just three years after his transplant surgery, Cooney is the picture of health after completing his second 70-story climb to the top of the Renaissance Center in Detroit during the American Lung Association's (ALA) Fight for Air Climb. In fact, Cooney made the climb in…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Lori Murphy, owner of My Stronger Self, has been helping others maintain a healthy lifestyle in Livingston County for more than 15 years.
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Friday, January 18
Healthy living and fitness have always been a passion for Lori Murphy who says she remembers growing up in the 80's and begging her mom to take her to aerobics classes held in the basement of her church. By simply following her path, the 48-year-old personal trainer and owner of My Stronger Self was able to transform her passion into a career of helping others achieve their fitness goals. "I'm just very happy to be doing what I love," she said. Surrounded by photos of client success stories in her recently opened new fitness location, the 48-year-old mother of two is very animated when it comes to talking about fitness and healthy living but humbly avoids talking about herself directly and the impact she has had on so many lives. Former …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Willis Ward, a University of Michigan football player in the 1930's, will be honored by his school for the first time on Saturday.
Not many 8-year-olds recognize injustice when they see it, and fewer still decide to stand up and do something about it. This is not the case with Genna Urbain, an 8-year-old third-grader at Hilton Elementary, when she saw the documentary Black and Blue, a story about Willis Ward, an African-American University of Michigan football player who was benched on Oct. 20, 1934, when Georgia Tech refused to play football if Ward was allowed to take the field. Not only was he benched for that game, Ward was barred from the stadium, as well. It was the only time in school history that a player was benched because of his race. Genna decided instantly that the whole situation was unfair to Ward, especially since he has never been honored by the …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Scranton Middle School seventh-grader Carolann Plank is donating $1 of every book sold at her school to the Scranton PTO.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has inspired the minds of thousands of young adults. For 12-year-old Carolann Plank, a Brighton seventh-grader, that inspiration led her to write a novel of her own. She recently published her first book, As Far As You Know. Plank, who has been writing short stories since she was in second grade, said she was inspired to create her own novel after finishing The Hunger Games. "It took me about two-and-a-half months to finish," Plank said. "Writing just comes really natural to me. I just write without knowing what the ending is going to be. I write each day and it turns into a book with a plot." Plank said she loved how The Hunger Games was a type of book that was meant for everyone. She also said …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The co-owner of Brighton NC Machine facilitated a 10-year lease for the Brighton Community Garden for just a dollar per year.
Jack Clausnitzer, co-owner of Brighton NC Machine, doesn't think he did anything special by arranging a 10-year land lease to build a community garden on the property next to his company. But that 10-year lease costs only $1 per year. And that garden — along with other community gardens in Livingston County — brought in more than 11,000 pounds of food to Gleaners Food Bank to be distributed to families in need. With one pound of food equating one meal, that's more than 11,000 meals to which the Brighton Community Garden contributed. According to the Livingston County Hunger Council, there are 10,000 people in the county who live in poverty, and almost 24,000 people can be described as being “food insecure." "He is very modest, very private…
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
They are our mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmas, husbands, uncles, friends and neighbors — and they all fought breast cancer. These brave Michigan men and women shared their stories with Patch.
We went looking for faces of survival. We found inspiration. Patch asked Michigan women and men who have fought breast cancer to share their struggles, tears and triumphs with us during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer survivor Cynde Lebert, 59, of Canton, tells newly diagnosed women: “You'll be fine. You're alive and that's the most important thing.” Farmington Hills resident Dick Jaeger, 70, is one of the approximately 2,140 men diagnosed each year with breast cancer. "The answer is know your body and don't take anything for granted," Jaeger said. "Every day, I'm a cancer survivor," said Jean Bean, a 58-year-old mom, wife and interior designer from Rochester. "I don't obsess about it, but it's always there." Nancy …