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Page 4 SENIOR Continued from page 1 * ers but is currently down to four, he said. One rider hopes to join them at a future destination on the road. Following more speeches everyone sat down in the comfortable Presbyte- rian hall and enjoyed a hearty dinner provided by the Superior hosts. SammyRides is a project sponsored by Team Will, a non-profit orga- nization made up of cyclists who , volunteer their time and resources to - support research and help families whose children are currently undergo- ing cancer treatment. Two Greater Sun City Center, Florida couples formed the Sam- myRides group in 2009 with the idea of b!cycling 2,400 miles across the Southem tier of the U.S. to raise awareness of the many thousands of children diagnosed every day with some form of pediatric cancer. Volunteers from all walks of life, who are now living in a 55 and older community in Greater Sun City Cen- ter, have expanded the project. Their slogan is "Grandparents Riding for the Health of Grandchildren." All the SammyRides volunteers are senior citizens using their talents, energy and determination to make O gperll)r **NOW LEASING** spacious i Bedrooms & Studios On-Site Office & Laundry HUD Subsidized Beautiful Views 1 99 W. Gray Drive Superior, AZ 1-866-962-4804 EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Affordable Dental Care Full Service Denture Lab On Site Now Emergencies & Walk-Ins Welcome Most Dental Insurance Accepted " Open!! Financing Available * Se Habla Espa~ol Senior Citizen Discount Open Monday - Saturday Located in the Goodwill Plaza (Southeast corner of Signal Butte & Apache Trail) 10839 E. Apache Trail, Ste. #119 Apache Junction 480-354-61 77 Owned by George & Dee "Lola" Ybarra ql2Laser Vein Center * No More Van'eose Veins. "Our Mission is YOUR Itealtl~ " Superior Sun, Superior, Arizona a difference for their children and grandchildren. Their effort, they hope, will bring awareness and funds to the effort to eliminate pediatric cancer. For more information on Sam- myRides or to get involved with Team Will, volunteer, or nominate a "Hero," visit www.SammyRides. corn or The mailing address for SammyRides is P.O. Box 5923, Sun City Center, FL 33573 and for Team Will, 4119 McKinley Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95819. LI P TS Continued from page 1 spread evenly across the field. Ac- cording to the energy audit, this is sufficient for the size of the school under recognized engineering stan- dards. Warranty is for 5000 hour life of the bulbs. The best part is Papas' comment at the meeting that it is hoped the lights would be up in time for graduation. The energy audit also detailed energy conservation measures for the Wednesday, March 9, 2011 schools including lighting retrofits in ing this last item, Papas commented all three schools for the exterior and that he disliked having children interior, vending machine "misers" ' in classrooms without access to that save energy from the vending daylight." machines, roof insulation of the The mood on the board seemed jo- elementary multipurpose building, vial wJaen this path to the acquisition HVAC control retrofits in.all three of the long-awaited return of stadium schools, and more. lights, Friday night football and Possible energy conservation graduation after dark appeared. management solutions for the future Cynthia Benson commented that include solar panels, HVAC unit now she again believed in Santa replacement, shut off for exhaust fans Claus. Later, in his comments Pete after hours, green screen technology Guzman agreed. "As Ms. Benson said and creating daylight in classrooms earlier, there IS a Santa Claus, and his through skylight installation. Regard- name is Joe Papas," Guzman said. FCCLA Continued from page 1 cancer and was the special guest of honor at the event. The luminaries lining the route from the top of Sunset, past St. Mary's Center, into and through the school parking lot, down the stadium walkway and around the football field were lit while it was still day- light. Their soft glow became more pronounced as it got darker. The field had no lights other mobile units on generators. Led by a Superior Police Depart- ment vehicle with red lights flashing, the walkers moved through the route and arrived at the stadium. Stalwart in their determination to make this physical gesture to show support for the fight against cancer, the white-shirted cadre marched into the athletic facility and once around the track as the music played. They then joined spectators already sitting in the bleachers. Many armed them- selves with a well-earned bite to eat from the concession stand. Jason Romero of the FCCLA gave the welcome. He introduced teacher Cathy Denogean who shared memories with the crowd of the cancer journey of her niece Amber Hernandez. She recalled how it had unfolded: "We all went to the park to spend time with my dad," she said. "and I noticed a 'ball' in Amber's hand. I asked what had happened to her. They said she slammed her hand in the door." But a couple of doctor visits later the medical team could not explain why this ball-like growth was not gomg away or why it was getting bigger. "So. they referred her out to specialists." Denogean said. "The first doctor my mom went to with Amber told her it was a tumor and had to be amputated. This freaked us out and we asked for second and third opinions." Visits to the Children's Rehabilita- tion Services at first put the family's mind at ease. The doctors had said it was a tumor and it could be easily The speech in Hemandez' words removed. "However, it appeared to and Denogean's voice rang out to be a very aggressive tumor," Deno- the silent, listening gathering. "My gean said, "and this had the doctors name is Amber Hernandez and I am concerned. After several MRIs a cancer survivor," Denogean read. and countless tests, it appeared the "It was only 11 years ago when my tumor was deteriorating the muscles, left arm was amputated. My memo- nerves and bone in her hand. They ries are very limited because I was said they would have to amputate only 2% years old, but I have heard a a finger. This was devastating, but lot about what I went through. They it was just one finger and her hand tell me the nurses spoiled me rotten would not be totally malformed." every time I went for my chemother- The surgery was a success. "The apy. I ran around the nurses' station doctors told us they would be taking and got to have whatever I wanted cultures of the tumor to determine out of the little refrigerator." what type it was," Denogean said. This all began when she was barely "The diagnosis was a malignant starting Head Start. "My Nana peripheral nerve sheath tumor. They Loretta worked really hard to make explained that the amputation of her sure I was the Queen for Homecom- finger was the only option for such ing. Everyone was sad because an aggressive tumor." on that day my hair started to fall The family had thought it was over out," Hernandez' story continued. but in only two months the growth "I thought I looked funny because had returned. "This time the doctors I had little patches of hair, but were not so optimistic," Denogean everyone else started to cry. Even said. "They determined her hand when I weflt into surgery for the would have to be amputated above final amputation, everyone was her wrist to ensure they removed it crying. Afterwards, I looked down all. The day of the surgery was hard at my hand and asked, 'Where did on all.of us. We knew this three year my hand go?' I began looking for old little girl had no idea of what it all over my hospital room. Then was about to happen. From this day everyone started to laugh and smile. forward we had to ensure she ad- I think they knew I would notbe justed to her new life. by giving her stopped by my new and unexpected confidence, support and love.'" disability." Now a confident 14-year-old. Am- Hemandez loved to play little jokes ber Hemandez will be sharing her on children who didn't know her journey and thoughts about cancer at and asked where her hand was, ac- an upcoming FCCLA convention, cording to her story. She said to the Her story was the next item on~ questioners: "Where is it, can you the program at Cancer Fight by help me find it?" Then she laughed. Candlelight and she was asked to "Every day I work hard to function come to the podium. She did so and normally," her testimony continued. began to speak when the unexpected "My Tia Cathy and sisters have happened. The sound system failed, always helped me figure things out Hernandez exhibited grace under in order to be self-sufficient. My Tia pressure and waited patiently until has never allowed me to say, 'I can't it was determined that the system do this because I have one arm.' could not be fixed just then. This is why I leamed to tie my shoes Denogean and Hernandez walked way before my sisters and they were close to the bleachers. Deno- jealous. People are amazed at what gean told the crowd she would read [ am able to accomplish especially Hemandez' speech, since she had a~. when they see me play sports. 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I am grateful to have all my family around me to always be sup- porting me." Hernandez quoted a speech about the limitations of the disease: "Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friend-, ship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the Spirit. However, it can stick with you forever." Ralph J. Serpico, District Execu- tive Director, American Cancer So- ciety, was a guest speaker also. He said it was a pleasure to be there. "I really want to pay tribute to Amber and all of the survivors and all of you who have lost loved ones to cancer," he said. The scheduled "thank you" io everyone present from the FCCLA was to have been a performance by the Ballet de Folklorico Alma de Superior. The troupe was unable to dance because of the lack of music and light. The event had reached its culmina- tion and everyone became quiet as as the white balloons, one by one. were released as a farewell to those who were gone because of cancer. In the dim light with only the luminarie and the generator lights, the white T-shirts the walkers wore seemed to glow. On the back of these hirts are listed the names of cancers survivors. These survivors included Amber Hernandez, Angel Tameron, Brandy Olmos. Cande Guzman, Cindy Castillo, Diana Crespin, Dora Vil- laverde, Elsa Real, Elvira Castillo, Emilio Dozal Jr., Emilio Dozal Sr., Gloria Sandoval. Janet Miller. Jenny Oukada, Jesse Palacios, Joe D. Lopez. Justin Richards, Mary Lou Mendoza, Mary Martha benogean, Nancy Jung, Nancy Layton, Patsy De LaVina, Rhonda Wiley Martzall. Roger Pentimore, Stetson Anderson, Susan Morales and Tracy E. Keller, DVM. Also named on the shirt are survivors Aaron Villaverde, Abhram Bettermann, Alice Johnson. Anne Rice, Arline Orchowski, Brian Co- varrubias, Carol Thompson, Delia Ortega, Ernesta 'Ernie' Padilla, Er- nie Ortega Sr., Frank Davis, Frankie Ochoa. Geri Romer% Grace Med- lock, Jesus Ortega Jr., Joann Perea, Joe Ybarra, John Fulton, Judy Murray, Kim i''Iarr. Kym Caviness, Linda Marie Rua Sikona. Michael Brady, Nancy Celis, Nancy Schaef- fer. Olga Ybarra. Reyna Chavez, Ruben Flores and Vicky Grap. Included, too, are survivors Charlene Orlick, Daniel Castillo. Deborah Morony, Deena Adams. Elvira Castillo, Esmiel Arroyos, Gabby Godinez. Jessie Palacios, Joe Urquijo, John S. Sanchez, Johnny Diaz-Gonzalez, Kay Kuntz. Leo Ybarra, Linda Horta, Lucille Bailey, Michael Quiroz. Michelle Cruz, Norma Mwski, Pam Rabago, Riley Durow, Robert Perez Sr.. Ruben Delgado, Sheryl Gurm, Terance ' Godinez, Thelma Valenzuela and William Sanchez. (For :videos and more photos of the FCCLA 2nd Annual Cancer Fight by Candle- light, visit Public Notice The Superior Unified School District is offering a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified Energy Conservatior Compames to assist with an energy project. Packets may be obtained from the Districl Office located at 1500 Sunset Dr.. Supenor. AZ 85173. Comoleted qualification packets must be "received by the District Office no later than Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Packets must be hand delivered or received by mail no later than the set date and time. No fax or electronic packets will be accepted. SUN Legal 3/9111, 3116/11 Public Notice INVITATION FOR BID =OR HEAD START MEALS Pinal Gila Community Child Services, Inc. (PGCCS) is presently requesting proposals/bids for preparation of Head Start meals The qualities Head Start (PGCCS) ~s looking for in choosing a contractor to manage food services are: 1 Provide .nutritionally balanced meals prsparea with quality ingredients in accordance with the meal 3attern requirements of young children (CACFP/ USDA). Meals should be low in sugar and fat. 2. Have approved food service facility meet applicable health standards as authorized by the Arizona Department of Education, Nutrition Division. 3. The commitment and flexibility of a specialized food service to meet the changing and flexible needs of food services in today's market. POSSIBLE FOOD SITES (approximate number of children to serve): Apache Junction (60), CAC- Signal Peak (32), CAC-Superstition Mtn (35), Casa Grande (1'52), Coolidge (110), EIoy (116), Florence (57), Globe (37), J.O.Combs (34), Mammoth (17), Maricopa (34), Miami (36), Payson (20), Stanfleld (20), Superior (20), Toltec (34) If you are interested in serving any or all of the above sites for the 2011-2012 school year, your bid should be sent to: Pinal Gila Community Child Services, Inc. Food Service Program 1750 South Arizona Blvd. Coolidge, AZ 85228 Phone (520) 723-5321, ext 1224 Fax (520) 723-7337 Bids must be received no later than March 18, 2011 by 4:30 pm Pinal Gila Community Child Services, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer. Pinal Gila Community Child Services, Inc., provides meals at no cost to enrolled children without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability. MINER, CBN, SUN Legal 3/2111, 319111