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August 17, 2013

Cheers & Jeers: Aug. 17, 2013

Allergic reaction brings out best in staff

Emily Shrock, RN, mother of Cory Shrock sends a Cheer to all those who helped her son through a tough day:

“On Aug. 6, my son, Cory, was at football practice at Kokomo High School and suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction due to an accidental cross contamination of peanuts prior to practice. The peanut allergy is the deadliest allergy and the symptoms progress quickly to respiratory failure and death.

Cory was in the team room and felt like his lips were swelling. He said he could hardly breathe. He approached three coaches: Coach Austin Colby, Coach Wells and Coach Miller. The coaches immediately recognized that Cory was in trouble.  Coach Colby quickly got him to the trainer, Lisa Tate.

Lisa called me within seconds. Fortunately, I live nearby and was off work that day. I grabbed my Epi-Pen and Benadryl and met Lisa at the locker room. Lisa had done an outstanding job keeping Cory calm.  He was bright red head to toe, hives popping up second by second. I quickly gave him Benadryl and loaded him in the car.

I took him to Community Howard Regional. He was given oxygen and steroids and fortunately was almost back to normal in about an hour. The ER doctor, Dr. Lai, and the staff, especially Ben See, RN were outstanding.

My sincere gratitude to all involved. After we left the ER, I updated Lisa Tate and gave her much credit for her actions.  She assured me that it was really the coaches that deserved the appreciation. The key to this success was good team work, but it was that initial response of some coaches that helped Cory avoid a critical outcome and made all the difference.

 

Free Back-To-School haircut a success

Dennis Morgan, Executive Director of the Carver Community Center sends this Cheer to those who mad the free Back-To-School haircut event possible:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Carver Community Center I want to extend the greatest level of appreciation that we can offer for the support for the free Back-To-School haircuts. This thank you is to acknowledge and extend a community thank you to the seven barbers who unselfishly gave of their own time to provide 87 young men free haircuts Aug. 5. The boys were not only treated to free haircuts but the entire family was treated to free pizza, soda, toothpaste and tooth brushes. A special recognition goes to Shawn Clark for his vision to expand the program to provide the pizzas donated by PaPa Johns, Pizza Hut and Mike’s Pizza. A thank you to Walmart and Sam’s Club for the gift cards to purchase the tooth paste and sodas and Dr. James Lindsey for the donation of tooth brushes. A special thank you goes to Josh Butler for organizing the event with the barbers and getting the donation of book bags from Caravan Facilities Management.

“This would not have been possible if was not for the following talented barbers: Josh Butler & James Warren from Cut Above Barber Shop. Joyce Coleman, Michael Cannon and Malik Anderson from MC’s Barber Shop; Quentin Freeman from Hair Affair Barber Shop; and Lentez Ellis from Mo Heads Barber Shop Indy.”

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