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Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Odds are you’ve encountered the bully or know someone who has. Incorrigible and unrelenting, it pummels without prejudice, hovering over its marks with that snarling taunt: “Have you had enough yet?” Omaha’s Karen Crawford has had enough. “We want to find a cure for this disease. It’s a horrible disease,” she says. “One in eight

By |2018-10-29T10:06:32-05:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Larry Newill is actively working to keep his Type 2 diabetes in check. Aletheir Evans is now in the habit of monitoring her own blood pressure. Both say their quality of life is improving – and the “why” can be traced back to the Y. Throughout the state, older Nebraskans are taking control of their

By |2018-10-22T09:58:48-05:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward

Daniel Mastrobuono has to put the brakes on our interview. Another rush of Hastings College schoolmates just walked into the Bronco Bikes shop on campus, and the senior business major needs to get them rolling. “I got through 40 bikes in the first two pickups and then about 35 in the last two days,” he

By |2018-09-24T08:53:03-05:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward

‘Diabetes saved my life.’ At 60, 5-mile walks, 60-minute workouts are daily priorities

It looks like a small home gym, complete with a weight bench and an elliptical machine, but to Clint Baker, this is his “House of Pain,” a designation stenciled on the wall in big, black letters. “Every morning, it’s a mental fight to go into the House of Pain,” he says. And yet, he does

By |2018-09-10T16:06:42-05:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Diabetes saved my life.’ At 60, 5-mile walks, 60-minute workouts are daily priorities

Girl Scout camp helps young women own their life journeys, embrace potential to ‘change the world’

Maysaa Khalaf, 19, is from Iraq. Behind that simple sentence is a story – both harrowing and uplifting. Xinrou Tan, 29, is from Malaysia. Another simple string of words, another incredibly inspiring story. Fate brought both to Lincoln as young women. They met in 2017, at Catron Camp and Retreat Center in Nebraska City, where

By |2018-08-27T08:52:08-05:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Girl Scout camp helps young women own their life journeys, embrace potential to ‘change the world’

Sidewalk Marathon is fun, easy way to see the town, log steps for better health

Between full- and part-time jobs, active involvement in his church and passions for cooking and photography, Garry Floyd, 50, doesn’t have a lot of time to stop and smell his roses – but he has learned to enjoy them in motion. “Walking has really helped me to see the town and how beautiful things are,”

By |2018-08-20T10:02:23-05:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Sidewalk Marathon is fun, easy way to see the town, log steps for better health

‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Wade Whitsel knows what it’s like to receive that phone call. “It’s pretty mind-boggling,” he says. Over the last 10 months, the 50-year-old resident of Rosalie, Nebraska, has flashed from ominous test results to a biopsy to that call confirming an aggressive form of prostate cancer. A radical prostatectomy in May gave way to seven

By |2018-08-13T08:32:15-05:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Wrestling experience inspires Navy vet to compete in Cornhusker State Games

Brittne Westerman-Evert, 31, has a relentless resume – collegiate wrestling on scholarship, intense mixed martial arts training and competition and a decade of service in the U.S Navy. “I’ve always wanted to be the best, and my parents taught me that you have to work hard to be the best. That’s just what I’ve always

By |2018-07-25T09:01:25-05:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Wrestling experience inspires Navy vet to compete in Cornhusker State Games

Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

Dennis De Leon drove by the office three times before working up the nerve to step inside. The implications of that decision – choosing to engage the Literacy Council of Grand Island – would not only alter his life in a profound way, it would ripple to impact many more. “It’s really important we try

By |2018-06-25T13:13:59-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dennis De Leon was feeling lost and aimless then he found the Literacy Council

Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self

"I learn from the kids. We're like family," says 76-year-old Foster Grandparent Joe Mattox, Papa Joe. He tutors elementary-age students at Wilson Focus School three days a week. "I tell the kids all the time, 'You're going to be one of the smartest kids in the school.' " Fearlessly. That’s how Joe Mattox, 76, served

By |2018-06-18T11:22:14-05:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Meet Papa Joe, a foster grandparent fearless in helping kids become their best original self