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Arthur Joseph Heether

January 26,1953 – May 13, 2017 Arthur, or Rocky as he was better known, was born in Oakland, California. He moved to the South Shore in the early 70's and worked construction on many Tahoe projects. He graduated from San Francisco State in 1994 with a B.A. in Labor Studies. He went on to complete work coursework towards an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. While there he interned as a sport videographer for the Arkansas Razorback Football team. Rocky was an American Red Cross volunteer and deployed to Hurricane Ivan in Florida delivering aid to the stricken communities. Rocky is survived by his beautiful daughter, Tamara Lee Warren, her husband Derek Warren, and a granddaughter, Zaida Mae Warren, who was born on Rocky's birthday in 2011. All are of Oakley, California. His mother, Doris Moutinho, and stepfather, Corky Moutinho, of Stockton, California, one brother, Randy Heether of La Quinta, California, nephew Aaron Heether, wife Katie and 3 boys, and nephew Adam Heether, also survive him. Rocky leaves behind his girlfriend of 25 years, Cythnia Kendall of South Lake Tahoe, California and their beloved cat, Teddy. They returned from a trip in January to Stockholm, Sweden; Italy and Greece. At the Vatican, Rocky had an audience with Pope Francis, which he said was the highlight of his trip. Rocky enjoyed hiking in Desolation Wilderness, skiing and camping. He was an accomplished photographer as seen in his photos from trips to Europe. Sadly, he never saw the photos from his most recent trip. It was always on the "to do" list. Rocky enjoyed working the Live at Lakeview music series and had recently begun his annual pine cone harvest for another project. He spent his last day picking up pine cones in his Al Tahoe Neighborhood. Rocky was an intellect and was fascinated by sociology. He shared ideas and inspired those around him with his positivity and heart. "Rocky" Arthur Heether will be remembered among a gathering of friends and family at Lakeview Commons, Friday May 19th at 6:00pm. All are welcome.

‘The epitome of Tahoe’ — family, friends to remember man killed in vehicle-vs-bicycle crash

Arthur Joseph Heether, in more ways than one, embodied Lake Tahoe — the place that had been his home at heart since the 1970s. He was an easy-going, kind person who was very approachable. He would engage you in conversation, yet he did not seek attention. Despite his seemingly one-dimensional mellowness that would put people at ease, Heether, or Rocky as most people called him, was an individual with tightly held beliefs and many passions, including advocating for social justice. "I don't think anyone has anything bad to say about him … he was just so loving and supportive and kind and generous. He was one of a kind — just so smart," said Cynthia Jane Kendall, Rocky's soulmate and girlfriend of 25 years. Rocky died Saturday, May 13, after a collision with a vehicle while he was riding his bike just out front of the Safeway in South Lake Tahoe. He was 64. Family and friends plan to gather Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Commons — a familiar venue for Rocky. From the beginning of the Live at Lakeview Summer Concert Series, Rocky was there to help out, said Rob Giustina, who along with his wife CarolAnne owns On Course Events, a production company responsible for Live at Lakeview and other events. Giustina recalls seeing Rocky around the neighborhood prior to being approached by him about six years ago. The Giustinas were setting up for Live at Lakeview and Rocky stopped by to ask what they were doing. According to Giustina, Rocky was sold instantly and said he wanted to help out. "He helped us and our company in all aspects … " Giustina said. "He was just a solid member of our community, solid member of the On Course team, I consider him a brother and he'll be missed." For those reasons friends and family expect a good size crowd to come out to the remembrance gathering. "Tahoe was where he felt at home," said Tamara Lee Warren, Rocky's daughter. Man of many sides Rocky, as Warren recalls, moved to Lake Tahoe in the '70s to follow her mother, who Rocky would eventually marry. She remembers going on long walks with her father, who loved to hike and ski. "He really appreciated the beauty that surrounds us," she said. In March of 1992 Rocky met Kendall on just her second day in town. It was snowing and he provided directions to the lost and confused newcomer. Within weeks of that first encounter the two crossed paths a second time at RoJo's and, as Kendall said, they remained together ever since that moment. They both ended up studying at San Francisco State, then at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. "We just had these parallel lives … we did everything together," Kendall said. Rocky had many interests, including sociology. The son of a union boss, Rocky took a deep interest in workers' rights, a fact both his girlfriend and daughter noted. He worked for a stretch as a union organizer in Reno and loved every second of it. "He always thought of himself as a laborer," Kendall said before mentioning that many people they encountered on their travels thought he was a professor. "[There were] so many different sides to him and I saw all of them … and it's just hard to think about my life without him," Kendall said. Less was more Police have not publicly shared the circumstances that led to Rocky's death. And as of Wednesday the incident was still under investigation. Neither alcohol nor other drugs are believed to be a factor, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. While many details remain unknown, it is known that Rocky was not wearing a helmet. The night before the crash he and Kendall saw something on TV and she remembers Rocky saying it might be time to start wearing a helmet. He never did and Kendall said it's unclear if it would have saved his life. The two lived a minimalist life, going the past five years without owning a car. Biking was the primary mode of transportation and it became an identifying detail in his life for some people in South Lake Tahoe. "He kept it simple, less was more for him," Giustina remarked. "As long as his bike didn't have a flat tire he was good." The Giustinas are in the process of planning the ideal way to pay proper tribute to their friend while also raising awareness about the importance of bicycle safety. They plan on naming the Live at Lakeview bicycle valet, which Rocky would set up before each show, after their friend. They're also exploring using the valet to distribute safety information as well as personal lights to help make cyclists visible at night. The details are still uncertain, but the Giustinas agree they will do something to honor the man who, as one On Course staff member said at a barbecue earlier this week, epitomized Tahoe. "For me, he was the epitome of Tahoe. He was a mellow guy. Rocky knew everybody. He was friendly. He rode his bike everywhere," the staff member said, according to CarolAnne Giustina. "He was a good dude with a lot of years left."

Another Fallon leukemia case confirmed

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – A 14th case of childhood leukemia involving a small farming and Navy town in northern Nevada was confirmed Monday by state health officials. The officials said the latest victim, a girl, has acute myelogenous leukemia. While different from 13 earlier cases of acute lymphocytic leukemia, the new case has been included in the childhood leukemia total. Health Division spokesman John Flamm said acute myelogenous leukemia is a less commonly diagnosed form of the disease in children, while acute lymphocytic leukemia is the most common. Flamm also said the Health Division is continuing its investigation into the cause of the leukemia cluster, working with federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and with Nevada’s congressional delegation. He also said the latest victim isn’t a member of a Navy family. The 13th case, just reported last month, involved a three-year-old girl born in Fallon while her father was stationed at Fallon Naval Air Station. The family moved out of state last summer. Normally, the rate of acute lymphocytic cases would be about three in every 100,000 people. With thirteen cases among about 25,000 people living in Churchill County, which encompasses Fallon, the rate in the area is far above normal. Acute lymphocytic leukemia destroys bone marrow. While its cause is unknown, suspected triggers include radiation exposure, electromagnetic fields or volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, solvents and fossil fuels. Arsenic has not been linked to acute lymphocytic leukemia. Acut myelogenous leukemia is similar, although a different class of white blood cells are affected.

Dance Visions has productive summer

After a five-week break, members of the Dance Visions Dance Team have started to rehearse for their 2005-06 season. The team competed in two national competitions this summer and did very well. Some of the team members traveled to Las Vegas in early July with instructor and coach Joan Elias to compete in the Spotlight Dance Cup West Coast National Competition. Diamond Awards were received by Kendal Ferris, Lexi Brooks, Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo, the duos of Ferris and Austin Brooks, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo and Suzie Elias and Derek Werle and the mini-team. Ruby Awards were received by Casey Huber, Lauren George, Carleigh, Ali and Jillian Dauscher, Lauren George and Corrine Novotny, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo and Ali Dauscher and Kevin Novotny for their duos. Category winners were Suzie Elias, Lexi Brooks, Carleigh Dauscher, Riana Cerceo and Dino Elias for their duo and the mini-team. Judges Choice Awards went to Kendal Ferris, Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo, Riana Cerceo, the mini-team and Suzie Elias and Derek Werle. Dance Visions achieved higher placements in this competition than ever before. The placements in their respective divisions were Riana Cerceo, eighth; Suzie Elias, seventh; Lexi Brooks, sixth; and Kendal Ferris, Ferris and Austin Brooks and Derek Werle and Suzie Elias, fifth. Representing Dance Visions on the Elite Performance Team were Lauren George, Kendal Ferris, Casey Huber, Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo. The girls rehearsed all week to open the final day “Extravaganza.” Kendal Ferris was first runner-up for Miss Petite Spotlight; Suzie Elias third runner-up for Miss Junior Spotlight; and Riana Cerceo third runner-up for Miss Teen Spotlight. Cerceo received fourth place Overall Sapphire in the 12 and under Dance Down Competition. Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo were on scholarship for the Spotlight Dance Convention. Dance Visions was chosen as overall winner of the studio workshop, from which all the dance team will benefit. A Spotlight instructor will be coming to Tahoe to teach a full day workshop to the dance team members. Dance Visions Dance Team competed in the Starbound National Dance Competition July 25-28 at the Horizon and Caesars in Tahoe. In the Junior Soloists category (ages 12 and under) High Golds were awarded to Suzie Elias and Riana Cerceo, giving her fifth Overall High Score Top Junior Soloist placement. Gold Awards were received by Nicki Simon, Whitney Gardner, Casey Huber, Jillian Dauscher, Kendal Ferris, Lexi Brooks, Meredith Grasso, Alexis Arens, Casey Simon and Lauren George. George also tied for High Score for ages 7 and 8 and Jillian Dauscher won the Judges Choice Fun & Funky award. In the Junior Duo/Trio category Suzie Elias and Derek Werle won a High Gold award as well as the Judges Choice “Excellent Stage Presence Award,” first Overall High Score and first-place Junior National Duo/Trio title winners for which they received a $100 gift certificate. Lauren George and Corinne Novotny received a High Gold and the Judges Choice “Terrific Technique Foundation Award,” fifth-place Overall High Score Junior Duo/Trio and first-place Petite Junior National Duo/Trio Title winners and received a $100 gift certificate. Kendal Ferris and Austin Brooks received a Gold Award. In the Petite Groups category, the mini-team’s “We Won’t Grow Up,” performed by Kendal Ferris, Lauren George, Casey Huber and Corinne Novotny, won High Gold and was in the top 10 qualifying groups for the Televised Showcase to re-compete for a $250 gift certificate. In the Junior Groups category “Knock on Wood” performed by Suzie and Dino Elias, Meredith Grasso, Ali and Jillian Dauscher, Jess Latta, Riana Cerceo, Madeline Feldman, Trevor Fairbank and Jillian Raney received a High Gold and was in the Top 10 qualifying groups for the Televised Showcase to re-compete for $250. The group won third place in the National Showcase and won $50. A Gold Award was received by the Junior Team for their Novice Small Group number performed by Lexi Brooks, Casey Simon, Alexis Arens, Jenna Fragola, Morgan King, Carleigh Dauscher and Derek Werle. The Junior Team also won a Gold Award for their Large Group lyrical number. In the Senior Soloist category (ages 13 and over) High Golds were awarded to Ali Dauscher, Kevin Novotny, Madeline Feldman, Carleigh Dauscher, Morgan King, Jessica Wahl, Ali Dauscher and Becca Lincoln. Lincoln received the Judges Choice “Intense Interpretation Award” and Kristine Betts received High Silver. In the Senior Duo/Trio category Dino Elias and Riana Cerceo received a High Gold and won the Judges Choice “Excellent Energy Partnering” award and the second-placer Overall High Score Top Senior Duo/Trio and $50. Elias and Cerceo also received a High Gold and tied for fifth-place Overall High Score Top Duo/Trio. Gold Awards were also received by Becca Lincoln, Madeline Feldman, Jessica Wahl, Meredith Grasso, Morgan King, Ali, Jillian and Carleigh Dauscher, Kevin Novotny and Ali Dauscher, Kaitlin Potnick and Kristina Betts and Blake Bourne and Becca Lincoln, who also won Judges Choice “Creative Choreography” award. In the Production Number category, Dance Visions Team won a Gold Award for “Grease,” Kevin Novotny won the third-place National Photogenic award in the Teen Division. Riana Cerceo was first runner-up to Junior Miss Starbound and was also a “Star of Hope” contestant for the Breast Cancer Society at the Starbound National competition.

Miracle from 34 feet: Man survives fall

Larry Kendall has had a miraculous recovery from a horrendous fall that probably would have killed him had it not been for the two people who first treated him. In an emotional reunion Thursday, the 63-year-old South Shore artist heard firsthand from paramedics who treated him after he fell 30 feet face-first into concrete. It was an event, Kendall says, that changed his life forever. It was also something he doesn’t remember. “I remember going to my friend’s house to paint it and then waking up in a hospital room not knowing what happened,” Kendall said. For three weeks, Kendall was in a coma. Doctors later told him they did not think he would recover. Blunt force trauma to the head, especially when it happens to a man his age, is not something people just snap out of. “I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for you and the doctors,” a tearful Kendall told Megan Dugdale, firefighter/paramedic, and EMT Ron Stitton, of Lake Valley Fire District. Thursday’s reunion at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center was Kendall’s way of wanting to personally thank the pair who helped save his life. Besides his head injury, in which his doctor told him he’s “at 97 percent and improving” the fall also shattered the bones in his left arm. Since the accident, doctors opened up his arm, scraped out the fragments, attaching a titanium humerus bone to his shoulder. “My physical therapist told me I’m at 80 percent and improving,” Kendall said. “I’ve already finished a couple paintings.” It was Sept. 7, about noon when Dugdale and Stitton found Kendall after receiving their first 911 call of the day to respond to a report of a man who fell at a Tahoe Keys residence. When they arrived, Kendall was lying face down on the concrete, blood oozing from his face and nose that mixed with a slippery pool of gray paint that covered the ground and his body. It was the paint and seeing the way Kendall’s body was twisted within the rungs of the 24-foot extension ladder that made matters worse, Stitton said. “His legs and feet were twisted around it, while his body was going another way,” Stitton said. “Paint was everywhere, he was covered in it and his own blood. It was obvious that he was messed up and we didn’t have much time.” Dugdale also instinctively knew time was not on Kendall’s side. Despite the blood loss, head trauma and the way his body was contorted, Kendall did something that Dugdale believes was a sign for his fight to live. As she attempted to stick a breathing tube in Kendall’s throat, he swiped it away. “Even though he was unconscious, his hands told me, ‘no, don’t do that,’” Dugdale said. With a rapid succession of breaths, which Dugdale recalls how they caused the blood and paint on his face to bubble, she attached a tube to his nose. Stitton then managed to turn Kendall’s body out of the ladder and monitored his heart rate. Nine minutes after the pair arrived, Kendall was in an ambulance on his way to Barton Memorial Hospital where he would be taken by Care Flight to Washoe Medical Center. “We packed you up like a cocoon,” Dugdale told Kendall, adding that Stitton still has paint on his shoes and there are still traces of it on the emergency vehicle. Like most calls, the two compared their experience after Kendall was taken away in an ambulance. It’s something routine emergency responders do, poring over what went right and what went wrong. Both walked away knowing they did the best they could. The rest would be left to fate. Still, for every trauma victim, there is something within every trained emergency rescue technician that wants to know whether their patient will make it. “You want to put up a wall, but (the victims) you work on are human beings. You can’t help but not have feelings for them,” Stitton said. For Dugdale, who said it was one of those events that she would never forget, made several inquiries as to Kendall’s status. Each netted the same response during those first two weeks. “I was told he was still in a coma and it didn’t look good,” she said. It was a little more than a month after the incident when Dugdale got a phone call from Kendall. “I said to her, ‘You helped save my life,’” Kendall said. Speechless, she sensed the emotion and sincerity in Kendall’s voice. “I don’t do it very often, but I started to cry,” she said. Jeff Munson may be reached via e-mail at jmunson@tahoedailytribune.com

31-year-old woman dies of Mono avalanche injuries

A 31-year-old Mammoth Lakes woman died Wednesday of injuries she suffered in an avalanche at Black Smith Canyon near Bridgeport despite her companion’s efforts to rescue her. Shannon Kendall, Mono County Sheriff’s Department public information officer, said the woman’s name was withheld pending notification of relatives. Kendall said two men and the victim had been backcountry skiing at the time of the avalanche shortly before noon. Christopher J. Pearson, 27, of Mammoth Lakes was caught in the avalanche but was able to hold on to a tree until it subsided. Joshua Feinburg, 30, of Mammoth Lakes was buried, but Pearson saw his backpack and shoveled him out. The woman was on top of the snow. According to Kendall, she suffered a broken femur, broken back, and head injuries and was slipping in and out of consciousness. Feinburg was not breathing, but was revived after Pearson cleared his airway. His major injury was a large cut to his lower jaw. After Pearson moved the victims to safety, he skied down to the Mono Village store area to call for help. Mono County Sheriff’s Department personnel and 13 members of the volunteer Search and Rescue Team responded. Kendall said the remote location of the avalanche impeded rescue attempts. Emergency personnel administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving techniques while waiting for the helicopter. She was pronounced dead at University Hospital near Fresno. Feinburg was escorted down the mountain by the rescue workers and was administered first aid at the base of the mountain by medics. “All three skiers were extremely experienced and carried avalanche beacons with them,” Kendall said. “It is likely that the warmer temperatures contributed to the avalanche. While this was a horrible tragedy, it serves as a reminder of just how dangerous the back country can be during the winter.”

Arrest made in FIU player slaying

Kendall Berry was going to be one of the featured running backs in a FIU football scrimmage on Saturday. The 22-year-old was so excited he spent some of his final hours begging people to come to Miami and watch. There’s no scrimmage now. For Berry, there will never be another. Leaving a football team in mourning and a university in stunned disbelief, Berry was remembered Friday as a “tireless worker” and “great person,” one day after he was fatally stabbed in an argument outside the front doors of the school’s student recreation center. A frantic 24-hour search for a suspect ended Friday night, when police said 22-year-old Quentin Rashad Wyche turned himself in. Later, police said Wyche would be charged with second-degree murder and held without bond. “Kendall had an infectious personality,” FIU football coach Mario Cristobal said Friday before the arrest was announced. “He was loved and respected by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. It was truly an honor to have known and coached Kendall. It’s a shame to lose such a young life to an act of senseless violence.” Wyche was booked into jail at 11:33 p.m. Friday, according to online records. He was in training camp with FIU’s football team last summer, though his name does not appear on the team’s 2009 roster. Investigators said Berry and Wyche got into a “verbal dispute” and Wyche pulled out an unknown sharp object and stabbed Berry. It was unclear what the dispute was about. Wyche was in custody Friday night and it was not immediately known if he had an attorney. Wyche’s arrest ended a day where the FIU community was on high alert. Increased security for students and grief assistance were available, and Berry’s football teammates were meeting with counselors. Students living in residence halls were advised to keep doors locked, and any person at the university was offered protective escorting if desired. “Our hearts are heavy,” a somber FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg said in a video statement Friday morning, adding that the school “will not rest” until Berry’s attacker was found. Berry will be remembered in a “celebration of life” at FIU’s basketball arena on Monday afternoon. “The FIU football team and FIU community suffered a tremendous loss. … We will come together and help each other overcome this tragedy,” Cristobal said. The campus opened as usual Friday and classes and other events took place as scheduled. The rec center was closed until noon, and reminders of the crime – police tape stuffed into a trash can, an orange “X” spray-painted on the ground – were left behind near the front doors. Spring football, which was to conclude Wednesday, is postponed indefinitely. Those who knew Berry best said it wasn’t like him to be caught in a heated situation. “Last night, his grief-stricken mother described Kendall as a negotiator, not a fighter,” Rosenberg said Friday. Bill Buldini remembered Berry the same way. Buldini was Berry’s high school coach and remained in close contact with him during his college years. Buldini got a call from Berry on Wednesday night, inviting him to come see Saturday’s practice at FIU. “To talk about him as a football player would underscore him,” Buldini told The Associated Press. “As great as a player as he was for us, he was a great person. He was a good kid. Never had any problems with Kendall. Never got in any trouble. I used to tell kids, if you were looking for a role model, look at Kendall Berry.” FIU student Freddy Chica, 23, said he was inside the rec center Thursday night when he noticed a commotion. Shortly afterward, he said he saw Berry drop to the ground in a chaotic scene. Chica said he saw a man check Berry for a pulse and start CPR, then saw another person begin resuscitation attempts. He said he also saw paramedics arrive on the scene. “When they ripped his shirt off, I noticed that the shirt was full of blood,” Chica said. When paramedics put Berry on the stretcher, his hands fell to the side and his head moved sideways, Chica said. “I can’t get that picture out of my head,” he added. Berry had 164 all-purpose yards in limited use as a freshman in 2007, appearing in all 12 FIU games that season. He sat out the 2008 season with a knee injury and then had some breakout moments in 2009, rushing for three touchdowns in a span of 13 minutes against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 7 and following that up with two more scores the following week in a win over North Texas. Berry finished last season with seven touchdowns, six of them rushing. “Terrible tragedy,” Buldini said. “The Kendall Berry I know wouldn’t go out and look for any trouble. He was excited. He wanted us to come down and see him play. He had graded out with the best grade of the running backs. He thought he was headed in the right direction.” Berry had seven brothers and sisters, FIU said. “In our sorrow, we must come together,” Rosenberg said in his message to the university community. “Our campus is safe. Now more than ever, you must tell this story. … Even while we mourn Kendall and express our sympathy to his family and friends, we must not let this heinous crime overshadow the incredible track record for safety that we have.” — Associated Press reporter Sarah Larimer contributed to this report from Miami.

Another possible Fallon leukemia case

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – An unconfirmed report of a 15th case of childhood leukemia involving a small farming and Navy town in northern Nevada was disclosed Thursday by state health officials. The state Health Division said Fallon residents who are relatives of a child living outside Nevada reported the child was diagnosed with leukemia, but there’s no medical confirmation. Dr. Randall Todd, the state epidemiologist, said the Health Division is seeking more information but hasn’t been able to determine whether the child fits into the known group of victims. The confirmed victims include a girl with acute myelogenous leukemia or AML, a less commonly diagnosed leukemia in children; and 13 other cases of acute lymphocytic leukemia or ALL, the most common. ALL destroys bone marrow. While its cause is unknown, suspected triggers include radiation exposure, electromagnetic fields or volatile organic compounds, such as benzene, solvents and fossil fuels. Arsenic has not been linked to acute lymphocytic leukemia. AML is similar, although a different class of white blood cells are affected. The latest development follows complaints by a group of independent doctors about the state’s handling of the probe into the leukemia cases linked to the Fallon area. The group, led by Dr. Alan Levin of Incline Village, says the state probe isn’t progressing fast enough and that DNA testing could quickly help narrow the cause. Levin, who investigated a Woburn, Mass., leukemia cluster in 1986 on which the book and movie, ”A Civil Action,” was based, said military jet fuel used at the Fallon Naval Air Station should be investigated immediately as a potential cause. Navy officials have repeatedly said the jet fuel is not to blame for the outbreak. In addition to military fuels, other possible theories for the cases have included viruses caused by the movement of large numbers of people in and out of Fallon; high levels of naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water; and pesticides or fungicides used on area farms. Todd has said DNA analysis of patients’ blood will be a part of the probe, but he questioned Levin’s claims that it would lead to the cause. Preliminary tests show no traces of jet fuel in Fallon’s well and tap water, but a search for environmental triggers will continue, he added. The Health Division is working with federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and with numerous medical experts and Nevada’s congressional delegation.

Trujeque named Golden Valley Conference MVP, 11 Coyotes honored

2015 ALL-GOLDEN VALLEY CONFERENCE SELECTIONS MEN Most Valuable Player Offensive Player of the Year Carlos Trujeque, So., MF All-Conference First Team Jerrell Cato, So., ST Ivan Rodriguez, So., MF Carlos Trujeque Victor Andrades, Fr., GK All-Conference Second Team Michael Akin, So., ST Danny Culverwell, Fr., DEF Dillan Yatusake, Fr., ST WOMEN All-Conference First Team Mackenna Lynn, So., DEF Shawa Guerrero-Escobedo, Fr., ST All-Conference Second Team Brianna Carroll, So., MF Kendall Eagan, Fr., MF

Students at KMS pitch in to fight leukemia

Kingsbury Middle School students are proving there is more to teen-agers than attitude. The middle school’s Honor Society, under the direction of faculty adviser Carly Kester, began raising funds in February for Pennies for Patients. Schools across the nation participated in Pennies for Patients Feb. 12 through March 2, in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a nonprofit organization aimed at helping researchers find a cure for leukemia and its related cancers. Honor Society members at Kingsbury Middle School organized the fund-raiser, decorated and distributed collection boxes and counted change. All money raised goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which then distributes it to families dealing with the struggles associated with leukemia and similar cancers. Truckee resident Zachary Hanham, 4, was diagnosed Aug. 28, 1999, with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma with the Philadelphia Chromosome split. Posters featuring young Zachary’s picture and explaining his condition were posted throughout the middle school to encourage and motivate students to donate their spare change. Home rooms competed against one another to see which one could raise the most money for Zachary and others like him. Cindi Wells’ sixth-grade home room brought in $525 in coins, the largest sum at school. Together, Kingsbury students raised more than $1,300 for the society. “I think everyone was very enthusiastic about this fund-raiser,” Kester said. “They were motivated and excited and really wanted to help that little boy (Zachary).” A representative from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is expected to pick up Kingsbury Middle School’s donation. “Zachary Hanham’s family already receives aid from us,” said Christina Fritschi, the society’s local chapter representative. “They are eligible to receive $750 a year in aid and that goes toward things insurance doesn’t cover.” The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a national organization. Its local chapter serves 38 counties in Northern California and Nevada. For information or to make a donation, call 1-800-410-8170.