MODESTO — Donate Life America selected Doctors Medical Center's "Wall of Hope" for two Pinnacle awards celebrating outstanding efforts to educate the public about organ and tissue donation.
The California Transplant Donor Network partnered with Doctors to produce the 40 panels displayed in the Modesto hospital's main hallway. The network's Hospital Services and Community Education teams created displays telling the stories of fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who became organ and tissue donors at the hospital.
"Wall of Hope" stories include one of a father of two who died in a traffic accident in 2011. His wife, though overcome with grief, agreed to allow Martin Salgado's organs and tissues to be transplanted. Among his gifts was a kidney for a man who is married and has a daughter.
"I feel proud that my husband was able to help others," Modesto resident Maria Salgado said. "Our family supported donation because we could not be selfish when others are in need."
In addition, the panels include the stories of area organ transplant recipients including state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, who received a heart transplant, allowing him to see his young daughter continue to grow up.
To find out more about the network or to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, go to www.ctdn.org.
Employee groups and private businesses in Tuolumne County are joining forces to provide fire protection for seniors in the county.
Members of the Tuolumne Utility District's Proud Workers United, the Sonora Fire Fighters Association, Sierra Mountain Construction, Mozingo Construction and the Area 12 Agency on Aging will install battery-operated smoke detectors in the homes of qualified seniors, as well as place fire extinguishers and provide weed abatement around their homes.
They are asking for donations of battery- powered smoke detectors and ABC-rated fire extinguishers. Donors can drop the items off at a booth at the Mother Lode Fair in Sonora today or at local shopping centers July 19-28. Those booths will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Seniors interested in the free program can qualify by visiting one of the booths or contacting the Area 12 Agency for Aging at (209) 532-6272.
Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed two area residents to positions.
Mary Jones, 61, of Merced is now a member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Jones has been interim deputy superintendent for the Denair Unified School District since 2013 and an instructor at Brandman University since 2009. The position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Jones is a Democrat.
Carol Sartori-Silva, 62, of Merced has been appointed to the 35th District Agricultural Association, Merced County Fair Board, where she has served since 2010. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Sartori-Silva is a Republican.
The California Retired Teachers Association's Stanislaus-Division 38 elected its officers for 2013-13. They are: Jerry Rhine, president; Larry Hockenberry, president-elect; Susan Harmon, recording secretary; Mary Beth Edwards, corresponding secretary; Marye Martinez, treasurer; Cathy Wooley and Larry Hockenberry, membership co-secretaries; and Jim Sterling, past president.
The Modesto 500 Lions club has installed its officers for 2013-14: Carol Shipley, president; John Peltier, 1st vice president; Mike Kalanta, 2nd vice president; Bill Ames, 3rd vice president; Kristi James, secretary; Pat Dimond, treasurer; Craig Kellogg and Sue Carner, Lion tamers; Jim Syvertson and Jerry Lovelady, tail twisters; Ron Owen, Lori Begen, Pat Syvertson and Jerry Cooper, directors; Diana Ringer, Pat Casey- Gillum, Brower Dimond, membership committee; Dennis Miner, immediate past president.
Award winners included: Pat Dimond, Melvin Jones Fellow; Pat Casey-Gillum, the Harry J. Asland Fellow; Sue Carner, the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence Distinguished Service Award; Brower Dimond, the Tosch Fellow; Ed Nuccio, the Harry Carlson Award; Anthony Forakis, the Don Stanaway Fellow; Lori Begen, the Jim Brazelton Spirit Award; Bob Kriese and Jack Kriese, special recognition for 50 years of outstanding service; Carol Shipley, Lion of the year; Bill Spearing, appreciation for eye glass chair; and Joe Kaaekuahiwi, appreciation for all-star football chair.
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