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3-year-old's life-saving triple organ transplant
Meghan Holohan, Today
At an Easter egg hunt last year, Taylor Fairman scooped up her then 2-year-old daughter, Evie, and felt a lump on her side. Even though Evie wasn't feverish or acting sick, Fairman knew something was wrong. She took Evie to the emergency room and an ultrasound revealed the toddler had a tumor the size of two softballs.
"The only reason I could feel it is because it got so big," Fairman told TODAY. "She was diagnosed with stage 4 hepatoblastoma."
Hepatoblastoma is a type of rare liver cancer, diagnosed in less than one in a million children, and affects children from infancy to age 3, according to St. Jude's Research Hospital. Symptoms can include a swollen abdomen, pain in the abdomen, back pain, itchy skin, yellow eyes or skin, pale skin and lips, loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting or fever.
"We could have not found it for a few more months. Who knows what would have happened," Fairman, 27, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said.
Doctors suspect that Evie was born with the tumor, which grew slowly. By the time Fairman found it, the tumor was so large doctors couldn't remove it. So, Evie began chemotherapy. Doctors hoped the treatment would shrink it, then allowing them to take out the tumor and part of the liver, what's known as a resection, to cure Evie of cancer.
After four rounds of chemo, the tumor shrank and doctors successfully performed a liver resection but could not fix her portal vein, which the tumor had crushed. But doctors remained hopeful and after two more rounds of chemotherapy, Evie was cancer-free in October 2016.
Fairman felt relieved that her strong-willed, vibrant daughter could enjoy life as a toddler.
"She was back to gymnastics and she was getting used to normal life," Fairman said.
Then in February her blood work showed that the cancer had returned but the doctors couldn't locate the cancer.
"It was so frustrating because you had to wait," she said.
Finally, doctors discovered a new tumor on Evie's liver in May. Because she already underwent a liver resection, she couldn't have another one. She needed a transplant.
Evie didn't just need a new liver — she also needed a small bowel and pancreas. While new organs would cure Evie's cancer, it was so aggressive doctors feared they couldn't wait.
On July 4, Evie underwent an eight-hour surgery where doctors successfully transplanted the organs. She is still in the intensive care unit, but doctors think she'll leave it soon. After she recovers, Evie will have a few more rounds of chemotherapy, but her outlook seems positive.
Annual Lights of Hope......
The Addict’s Mom invites you to their annual Lights of Hope which is one many nationally run events to raise awareness to drug addition during September which is National Recovery Month. This year's event will be held from 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday September 9 at the William Pensyl Social Hall in Portland, PA
If addiction has affected you - this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Addiction is a “monster” that affects the entire family and the Addict’s Mom is here to help. If you have any questions, ideas, or experiences that you would like to share, please contact email@example.com
If you would like to share publicly you can use the COMMENTS forum provided below. (Note: In the box titled "NAME" do not use your real name. Use a nickname or a handle.)
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YMCA 103rd Birthday Celebration
103rd Birthday Celebration! Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Pocono Family YMCA 809 Main Street, Stroudsburg. Free - Games - Activities - Cake. Help YMCA celebrate their 103rd birthday!
Gardening with Rain Barrels
Gardening with Rain Barrels. Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Pocono Environmental Education Center 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Gardening with Rain Barrels. Free! Come out and learn all about rain gardens and how to incorporate the use of rain barrels into home gardens with the Pike County Master Gardeners! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 1-570-828-2319.
Tequila Sunset Nights
Tequila Sunset Nights. Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill
124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Come to Wintergreens Patio Grill on Sunday evenings to enjoy Tequila Sunset nights! Enjoy a delicious appetizer menu featuring street-style tacos along with specialty drinks, premium tequila and buckets of beer. Food will be available from 5 pm to 8 pm. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 800-259-8665.
Pocono Mountains Wine Tour
Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Experience a pleasant and refreshing day in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, enjoying some of Pennsylvania's best known wines on the grounds where they are made. Pocono Daytripper has partnered with four of the Pocono's favorite vineyards to take local resort guests for a leisurely day, tasting great wines at The Villas, 5785 Milford Road East Stroudsburg.
Please arrive at 10:45 am, bus leaves promptly at 11:00 am from the check-in center.
The cost is $45.00 per person (1-3 people); $40.00 per person (4-6 people); $35.00 per person (7-10 people); and $30.00 per person (11-14 people). Packages include transportation to and from the vineyards and an afternoon of tours and tasting.
Children under 16 are not allowed on this trip. Sign up in advance by calling 570-977-7731 by 5:00 pm the previous day.
Summer Breakfast Buffet
Summer Breakfast Buffet. Sunday July 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill
124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Enjoy a breakfast buffet EVERY morning this summer! Open from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Adults $8.99* Children (12 & under) $6.99* *plus tax. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-259-8665 ext. 4150.
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Scavello to Hold Annual Senior Expo
Swiftwater, PA – State Senator Mario Scavello will host his Annual Senior Expo on Monday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pocono Mountain Swiftwater Elementary Center (135 Academic Drive, Swiftwater, PA 18370). The Expo is co-sponsored and will be attended by State Representatives Rosemary Brown and Jack Rader. Admission is free to the public.
Over 70 exhibitors from non-profit and government agencies will provide information on the services they offer benefiting seniors. Door prizes, health screenings, educational seminars, and refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please contact Senator Mario Scavello’s Monroe County district office at 570-620-4326.
State Senator Mario Scavello represents the 40th Senatorial District, which includes portions of Monroe and Northampton Counties. To find out more information regarding this event or any state-related issue, please visit www.marioscavello.com or email email@example.com.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - July 16
Atom bomb successfully tested - 1945
On this day in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established as early as 1939, when Italian emigre physicist Enrico Fermi met with U.S. Navy department officials at Columbia University to discuss the use of fissionable materials for military purposes. That same year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt supporting the theory that an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction had great potential as a basis for a weapon of mass destruction. In February 1940, the federal government granted a total of $6,000 for research. But in early 1942, with the United States now at war with the Axis powers, and fear mounting that Germany was working on its own uranium bomb, the War Department took a more active interest, and limits on resources for the project were removed.
Brigadier-General Leslie R. Groves, himself an engineer, was now in complete charge of a project to assemble the greatest minds in science and discover how to harness the power of the atom as a means of bringing the war to a decisive end. The Manhattan Project (so-called because of where the research began) would wind its way through many locations during the early period of theoretical exploration, most importantly, the University of Chicago, where Enrico Fermi successfully set off the first fission chain reaction. But the Project took final form in the desert of New Mexico, where, in 1943, Robert J. Oppenheimer began directing Project Y at a laboratory at Los Alamos, along with such minds as Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, and Fermi. Here theory and practice came together, as the problems of achieving critical mass-a nuclear explosion-and the construction of a deliverable bomb were worked out
Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot
Come and enjoy music and art with Alex Allegra at the depot, July 17.
Vendors and art begin at 6:00 PM; music at 7:00.
A free will offering will be taken on behalf of the musicians.
Event is held rain or shine as we move inside the depot if the weather is bad
For a relaxing evening, come and enjoy music and art at the depot. Bring a chair and your family and friends.
Alex Allegra enjoys connecting with people through her music. She performs regularly in the region, entertaining audiences with her original songs as well as select Country classics and Country Pop favorites. No stranger to the stage, she got her start studying acting, dance and vocal performance for more than a decade while participating in a number of local theater programs and audition-only choral groups. For as long as she remembers, Alex was writing lyrics and melodies in a collection of notebooks, and about three years ago, combined some lyrics with one of the melodies and her first song.
Summer Breakfast Buffet
Summer Breakfast Buffet. Monday July 17, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill
124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Enjoy a breakfast buffet every morning this summer! Open from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Adults $8.99* Children (12 & under) $6.99* *plus tax. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-259-8665 ext. 4150.
Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rated PG-13 | Run Time 2 hr 23 min. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM to Friday, July 28, 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your freindly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Friday, July 7th- Thursday, July 13th. Show Times- Friday & Saturday | 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50, Sunday | 12:30, 3:30, Monday & Tuesday | 4:00, 7:00, Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00, 4:00, 7:00.
Basic Acrylic Painting
Basic Acrylic Painting. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM to Thursday, July 27, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Join in to explore this very versatile medium. This workshop is for beginners as well as those with more experience with acrylics. The techniques of this medium, incorporating composition, building a painting, color values and much more will be explored. Bring photos personally taken to be utilized as subject matter! The instructor for this workshop is Iraina Caramelli. For more information or to register call 570-476-4460 or e-mail email@example.com
Drawing Workshop. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM to Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Never taken a drawing class before? Feeling rusty or simply lack confidence? This is the workshop to help! Explore the steps in drawing from an idea to a sketch to a completed drawing. Instructor is artist John McAllister. Workshop is on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm. July dates are 11, 18, 25 (no class July 4th.) For more info, or to register call 5704-76-4460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Glass Painting Workshop
Glass Painting Workshop. Monday, July 17, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. This workshop is for beginners to advanced students. Glass painting is for all levels of artists and this particular workshop will go through a drawing phase, a composition phase and a painting phase. Come prepared to have fun and go home with a completed painted glass at the end of the workshop. For more information or to register call 570-476-4460 or e-mail email@example.com
Free Summer Movie Night
Free Summer Movie Night- The Great Gilly Hopkins. Monday, July 17, 2017 8:45 PM - 8:45 PM. Fernwood Resort-Wintergreens Patio Grill 124 Golf Drive, Bushkill. Come enjoy a movie under the stars. Movies begin at dusk and are free to guests of The Villas at Tree Tops and Fairway & Fernwood Resort. Popcorn, cotton candy, food, and drinks for sale on the Great Lawn. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-291-9990.
Pasta Feast. Monday, July 17, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Fernwood Resort Wintergreens Patio Grill
124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Enjoy a pasta feast on Monday nights at Wintergreens Patio Grill! Dinner is available from 5 pm to 8 pm. Build a favorite pasta dish by choosing pasta, sauce and toppings. All entrées include a garden salad and Italian style rolls. There will be a free movie following dinner at 8:45 pm, as well as concession stand goodies available for purchase throughout the evening. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 800-259-8665.
Western Pocono Community Library
July 17 events. Located at 131 Pilgrim Way, PO Box 318, Brodheadsville. 1:00 pm - Books & Toys! Phone: (570) 992-7934.
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Western Pocono Library Summer Programs
Programs being held for Baby through age 7 years old and Young Adult ages 8 through 18 years old Tuesday at 10:30 am, Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Thursday at 6:30 pm. Special guests with special programming to be announced. Registration began May 30th.
* Library will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
Western Pocono Community Library Lunch Program
Lunch is free and available to all school aged children up to age 18, who are registered in the Summer Reading Program.
• Every Tuesday at 11:30am ending Aug 8th
• Every Wednesday at 12:30pm ending Aug 9th
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
Local Galleries & Museums
Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
Holiday Craft Show, Handmade Gifts by Local Artisans, Dec 2-4, 9-11. Fridays, 5-8PM. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-5PM. 570-476-4240 or www.dutotmuseum.com.
Holiday Store, (thru Jan 2). 18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4. 570-476-4460 or www.poconoarts.org
Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg. 570-421-6431 or www.stroudsmoor.com
Findings Jewelry & Art Gallery
Gold, Silver, & Gemstone Creations of Jeweler & Owner Daniel Varipapa. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5PM; Sat, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 39 N. Seventh St., Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. 570-426-1888
Gallery at Liztech
Made in PA. Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 10AM-6PM, 95 Crystal St. EastStroudsburg. 570-424-3177 or www.Liztech.com
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Holiday Art and Photo Exhibit and Sale featuring scenes of Grey Towers: plein air paintings by artists of Come Paint with Me and a juried exhibition of photographs by members of Pike Imaging Council. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Miford, Daily 11AM-4PM. 3-floor Mansion Tour available weekends at 4PM. 570-296-9630 or www.greytowers.org
Kettle Creek Art Gallery
Photo Contest Winners. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. 570-629-3061 or www.mcconservation.org
Madelon Powers Gallery
Gallery Hours: Weds & Thurs: 11AM-7PM. Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 11AM-4PM. Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg University. 570-422-3483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller’s Fine Arts Gallery
Features Contemporary Stone Sculptures from East Africa and other African Artifacts. Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-6PM and Sundays by appointment only. 402 Brushy Mountain Rd, EastStroudsburg. 612-573-6594 or 914-588-6843 or www.cmillersfineart.photoreflect.com
Monroe County Historical Association
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10AM-4PM, First & Third Saturdays, 10AM-4PM. One-hour Guided Tours: 11AM & 2PM daily. 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-421-7703 or www.monroehistorical.org
Hours: 11AM-5PM, M-W; 11AM-7PM, Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Fri; 10AM-5PM, Sat; Noon-4PM, Sun, Route 115, Effort. 570-872-9683 or www.MudWorksPotteryPA.com 10% Discount for PoconoArts Members
Northampton Community College Monroe Campus - Keystone Hall, Dunning Art Gallery, "Flying Free - Birds & the Human Spirit" (thru Jan 13). Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8AM-9PM, 201 Keystone Hall, Monroe Campus, Tannersville. 610-861-5062 or email@example.com
Origins Gallery on Main
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1-5:30PM. 580 Main St., Stroudsburg, 570-507-7571 or www.originsgallery.org
Créches from Around the World, Pearsall Room, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Available 9AM-5PM, (thru Jan 2). 1-800-SHAWNEE or www.shawneeinn.com
Wing & A Prayer Chapel
120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, Sunday, 1-4PM. 607-644-0596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monroe County Road Work