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  • Celebrate World Red Cross Day by giving blood

    The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
    Each year, the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.
    Currently, donors of all blood types are needed to give and help save hospital patients’ lives. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

  • Just keep breathing

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene
    That quote is prominently displayed on a wall just above where Cara Brahm sits in her living room in her newly purchased home in Lebanon. It’s a quote Brahm, 39, can definitely relate to after struggling with cystic fibrosis since she was 10 years old.

  • Seven attempts got Richardson a kidney

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    For Carlotta Richardson of Lebanon, organ transplantation is a second-generation thing.
    Her mother suffered from Bright’s disease, also known as nephritis, a chronic inflammation that damages the kidneys. That set her up to be an early kidney transplant recipient in 1979.
    Her mother lived 10 years more with the donated kidney.

  • Jude Hamilton's $32 heart beats strongly

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    Jude Hamilton’s heart had been through the wringer.
    He suffered from the same congenital heart condition that took his father at age 39, and shortly after he passed that age himself, his own problems began to set in.
    Around the year 2000, the Loretto resident began a long series of surgeries and procedures for his own heart failure — stents, two different bypasses and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator device.

  • Two time’s a charm

    Julia Browning Devine could quite possibly be Pope Francis’s biggest fan.
    How many other people can say they’ve named one of their kidneys after him?
    Devine, 46, who began suffering from kidney disease at age 15, received her second kidney transplant on Aug. 26, 2014.
    She proudly named her new kidney “Francis” after her favorite Pope.
    And Francis has been a blessing from day one.
    “I've been told more than once, ‘You got a good one,” Devine said. “Francis is working beautifully for me.”

  • Three months out for double-transplant recipient

    By Terri Likens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Kevin Hamilton had an unusually deep support network when he went in for liver and kidney transplants in January. His brother Kenny, who got a new heart in 2010, was able to give him a firsthand perspective.
    Now, along with the usual brotherly conversations, the two talk about rejection drugs, their medical teams and even how to live from the perspective of someone who has been given a second chance at life.

  • A second chance at a normal life

    This time last year, Kevin Rogers was a walking dead man.
    After dealing with chronic high blood pressure for years, Kevin, 41, suffered from renal failure in July of 2011, and his long four-year wait for a kidney began.
    It took a toll on Rogers both physically and mentally.
    His life – and his family’s life – revolved around his dialysis treatments.

  • Leader in Me program celebrated at Calvary Elementary

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    Calvary Elementary School Principal Sara Brady beamed as she looked out at her students in the sea of green T-shirts Friday morning.
    The school celebrated its first official year in the Leader in Me program with a series of programs and tours.
    “Proud doesn’t begin to touch how I feel today,” Brady said, addressing students, faculty and others in attendance for the event.

  • She’s got heart

    Have you ever met a person who has gone through so much during his or her life that you can’t comprehend how they’re still standing, let alone smiling?
    Well, Lori Caldwell is one of those people.
    Nearly 19 years ago, she had a heart transplant.
    She had been diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy after having her daughter, Cameron, on July 2, 1996. The left side of her heart no longer functioned, and doctors didn’t know what caused it.

  • Water tower of art... in progress

    Eric Henn, the muralist that is painting the water tower in Lebanon, has returned to complete the project. In November of last year, the tourism commission contracted with Henn to paint a mural on the water tower signifying Marion County as the home of Maker’s Mark Distillery, the county’s No. 1 tourist attraction. The mural, which isn't complete yet, is expected to last at least 10 years, if not longer. To read more about Henn and to see some of his past work, go to www.erichennmurals.com.