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GIVING BACK — Modesto's Heather Sutton beat breast cancer. Now she wants to help others do the same.
An abstract artist, she is selling her works to benefit others fighting the disease.
And she'll soon offer proof that, like a fine wine, she's getting better with age.
The 36-year-old mother of three young girls said the support she received throughout her own treatments made her realize how fortunate she's been.
"I'm blessed with a husband (stockbroker Jeff Sutton) with a great job and insurance," she said. "So many other people don't have that. They are dealing with so many stresses."
So she's selling her art at the office of Dr. Lars Enevoldsen and the Chartreuse Muse gallery downtown, and hopes to soon display it for sale at Streaks, a hair salon.
Sutton plans to create her own nonprofit organization so the money can go to those in need.
"I'm going to give all the proceeds to people who are struggling (with the disease)," she said.
On Sept. 25, she'll head over to northern Napa County's Pope Valley for a photo shoot. She is one of four women who will grace a label for Cleavage Creek Cellars wines, chosen from more than 100 finalists.
"One of my friends nominated me," Sutton said. "I received a call telling me I was selected."
The winery's founder, Budge Brown, lost his wife, Arlene, to breast cancer in 2005. He donates 10 percent of all gross sales to breast cancer research and support.
With his 2007 vintages, he began featuring breast cancer survivors on the labels.
Sutton was featured in a Bee photo in October 2009, having her hair streaked pink by local stylist Wendi Landeros of the Streaks salon to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Sutton said she is now free of cancer and needs only routine six-month checkups.
OUT IN NUMBERS — Last week, I wrote about Alice Quayle, who is organizing the area's first Out of the Darkness Community Walk for suicide prevention. The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday at Davis Park in Modesto, with the 2.5-mile walk at 10 a.m. Her son, Enochs High School teacher and coach Dustin Boardrow, took his own life Sept. 10, 2009. He was 29 (not 25, my error in the column). Since the column appeared, 116 more people have signed up to walk, bringing the total of expected participants to 241. And she's raised $2,727 more in contributions to the cause, bringing the running total to $9,727. She initially hoped to raise $5,000 and said she should easily double that amount.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE — Many folks want to move to the mountains and foothills to get away from the crime and congestion of the cities. Which makes what happened in Groveland earlier this month seem so out of place.
A large group of teens, along with a couple of adults, converged on a home in the Pine Mountain Lake subdivision on the night of Sept. 1, turning a woman's birthday party into an assault. Two teen boys were hospitalized, including one beaten with a piece of metal and who had the marks on his back to prove it. The other is missing four teeth and suffered broken facial bones.
Tuolumne County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Wilson confirmed the incident, saying that "a whole bunch of kids were involved." All or most are students at Tioga High School who knew of the brewing situation and "expected the fight to happen."
The incident has been turned over to sheriff's investigators, who haven't completed their interviews.
"And all the parents want to get their say," Wilson said.
When the investigation is over, he said investigators will "go to the district attorney and file complaints against the responsible parties."
Jeff Jardine's column appears Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Local News. He can be reached at 578-2383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.