Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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.”


Galveston Block Party hits second year

Kathy Naphew of the Galveston First Baptist Church sends out this Cheer for help with the July 27 Block Party:

“The Galveston First Baptist Church recently held our second annual Block Party. We would like to thank all of the area business that so generously donated to help make it a success.

“Dixon Park Dental’s Dr. Kimberly Beard, Walton American Legion, Deano’s Pizza, Hometown Pizza Country Design, Dog Shed, Jet Transport, Leffert Stone, King Oil, The Walton Freeze, Avalle Mechanical, 1 Stop Digital Communications, The Foxes Den, DeHaven Soil Service, Galveston Subway, Landis Auto, Galveston First Farmer Bank & Trust, Maple Grove, Tom Hayes Reality, Murray Weaver Funeral Home, Tark’s Pizza, Johnson Agency, Galveston Salin Bank, Young’s Culligan, El Arriero — Logansport, Logansport Golf Club, The Nest Miller’s Carpet, China Lane Chinese Restaurant, Wendy Orpurt-Edward Jones, Rural King, Shoe Carnival, Sam’s Club, Body Unlimited, Martin Wrecker Service, Specialty Tool & Die, Zero Gravity Inflatable’s, Cathie Parslow, Primitive Country, Uncle Bakes Pizza, RS Fit, Thirty-One- Leslie Pickering.”


National Night Out picnic one to remember

John J. Roberts of the Indian Heights Community Association sends this Cheer for National Night Out assistance:

“On Aug. 6, the Community of Indian Heights had a successful picnic as part of the National Night Out. We estimate 150 to 200 people showed up and had their fill of free hot dogs, drinks, and fun as children played.

 “The Indian Heights Community Association want to give a big thank you to the people who volunteered their time and talents to make the National Night Out/Indian Heights Community Picnic a huge success.  

“A big thank you to KPD Captain Kevin Summers for assisting the Indian Heights Community Association with his expertise in this type of special event. We also thank Capt. Summer’s wife, Tammy, for volunteering her time to work the event.

 “Thank you to Taylor School Board Member Bill Brubaker, along with Taylor Primary School Principle Terri Stokes for allowing the picnic to be held on school property and for supplying the event with ample tables and chairs for the large crowd who attended.  

“Thank you Meijer Store for donating prizes for the children allowing two kind and thoughtful Meijer employees; Jennifer and Bruce to assist us.

“A big thank you to Indian Heights residents and picnic volunteers DaveFord, Matt & Kay Ruddell, Cindy & Gary Harsh, Gary Klienknight, MaryHoney Roberts, John & Judy Sears, Steve & Connie Cook, and Phil Cox.

 We hope to build on the success of this year’s event and make next year’s picnic even better. Thank you all!