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Gary Blair, head coach of the Women's Basketball Team at Texas A&M, is not stranger to winning. But when hosts the 9th Annual Coach Gary Blair Charities Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday, May 4, it won't matter what place Blair's athletes finish that he will remember -- it's the pure joy of participating. Blair says the first time he placed a medal around a child's neck at the Special Olympics that he was hooked. It didn't matter if the child was receiving a 1st place medal or 6th, the joy he saw in their eyes was indescribable.
"It's called the Special Olympics because these kids are truly special," says Blair, who has been involved with the Special Olympics for more than 20 years.
Documents and photographs in honor of Spanish diplomats who used their position to save the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II will be displayed to memorialize their humanitarian work.
Mayor Jason Bienski of Bryan and Mayor Nancy Berry of College Station have issued a joint proclamation in support of the exhibit and are calling all community members to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 19.
“This exhibit shows our community an example of service and selflessness that all of us should strive to achieve,” Bienski says. “The City of Bryan is proud to help sponsor an exhibit that honors and remembers this important history.”
“The story told through this exhibit is important for people of all ages and backgrounds to understand,” Berry says. “The Spanish people are to be commended for allowing the safe passage of the Jewish people fleeing from the Holocaust.”
The exhibit is free and available for viewing in the Bush Library and Museum’s rotunda. For more information, visit http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/visas.
Larry Hodges, age 45 and in the best shape of his adult life, was sure he was having a stroke. story by Angelique Gammon, photos by Marci Greenbaum, Specialties Photography
It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not unusually, Larry was at his desk at Copy Corner early. Dressed in sweats, his plan was to finish at his office for the morning and head to the gym for a workout before showering and getting dressed for an evening engagement.
Gym time figured large in Larry’s routine. About five years before he’d had one of those age-related reappraisals and come to the conclusion that the years between 30 and 40 had been too fast: too fast food; too fast and furious entrepreneurial lifestyle; too fast on his way to being heavier than he’d ever been in his life.
So he changed gears, started working out and eating better and dropped the excess weight.
Thinking back on that morning Larry says he felt great, even better than when he was 15 years younger. Life was good.
“I was about ready to go work out. Then I felt lightheaded,” Larry recalls, “but I’d had that before.” He wasn’t really worried, thinking maybe it was leftover from a winter cold. “I didn’t feel bad really,” he explains, “just odd.”
Then his left foot went numb.
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop
Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to say, "The sky is blue." Does their speech sound slurred or strange?
Time: Time is IMPORTANT. Stroke is an EMERGENCY!
TOP 5 SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE
1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)
2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, dies of stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people will suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year in the U.S.
What is a stroke?
A stroke is what happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because of a lack of oxygen. The two most common types of strokes are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.
The more common ischemic stroke is caused by blockage in a blood vessel leading to the brain, either fatty deposits from the walls of arteries or blood clots that travel to brain.
A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts destroying the brain tissue around it. Hemorrhagic stokes are more common in patients with high blood pressure or an aneurysm, a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel.